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Why We Pray Before Public Meetings (and Let Pagans Do, Too)

By Ted Olsen Are invocations worth it if it means city leaders will bow for false gods? ‘Great Goddess Athena, great god Apollo, we ask that you impart wisdom in these proceedings today,” Jennifer Zarpentine, a Wiccan priestess, prayed at the town board meeting of Greece, New York, in April 2008. “Help the board to make the right, informed decisions that will benefit the greater good of this community. This we ask of you.” As board members contin...
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Supreme Court Permits Jesus Prayers at Government Meetings

By Ruth Moon (UPDATED) Requiring nonsectarian prayers to a ‘generic god’ would be more problematic than allowing sectarian ones, Kennedy argues. A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that explicitly Christian prayers at government meetings do not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. At least in the 94,000-person town of Greece, New York, which may continue to open its council meetings with sectarian prayer after the court’s 5-4 reversal of an appeals court’s ban on the tradition. Requiring prayers to be nonsectarian would require courts to “act as supervisors and censors of religious speech,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority opinion, “thus involving government in religious matters to a far greater degree than is the case under the town’s current practice of neither editing nor approving prayers in advance nor criticizing their content after the fact.” Two residents of Greece had sued the town board for its practice of beginning meetings with prayer, saying the practice violated the establishment clause (full summary below). The Second …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Forgiving the Sins of My Father

By Leslie Leyland Fields How he taught me the deeper meaning of mercy. Ten years had passed since I had seen my father. At the time I had no photographs of him, just a vague memory of his face from our last visit. When we pulled up in a rented van to the VA housing complex in Sarasota, Florida, my husband saw him first. “There he is.” Duncan tipped his head to point. I turned my eyes slowly. A man was standing under the awning of the complex. I saw his dark skin, his head, nearly bald and square, and a barely visible neck. It was him. He was just as I remembered but bigger, maybe 40 pounds heavier than the last time, when I had left my young children to fly down for three days. I had not forgotten those three days of silence. Now I stared at him, frozen. How do I play this scene? I thought. Loving daughter greeting long-lost father? Kind daughter bringing her children to meet their grandfather for the first time? Angry daughter wanting just a few words from her father? Duncan stopped the van. I got out slowly and opened the doors for the kids, holding my breath. They piled out one …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Education

Join Your Friends & Colleagues from NSU’s Shark Athletics for Coffee and Conversation, May 8

By wlchrist Join your friends and colleagues throughout the year for Coffee and Conversation each Thursday morning at the Alvin Sherman Library.On Thursday, May 8, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., join your friends and colleagues from NSU Athletics for coffee, fruit, pastries, and conversation to learn more about Shark Athletics, our student-athletes, and their successes on and off their respective fields of play! Coffee and Conversation 8:30 to 10 a.m. Alvin Sherman Library 4th Floor Hope to see you there! View the NSU 50th Salute Events page for additional information about each administrative and academic unit. Title Founding Year Celebration Week 2014 Begins Coffee and Conversation: 4th floor Library 8:30 to 10 a.m. Athletics 1981 May 5 Thursday: May 8 Future dates include: Title Founding Year Celebration Week 2014 Begins Coffee and Conversation: 4th floor Library 8:30 – 10 a.m. OPEN DATE XXX May 12 OPEN DATE Institutional Effectiveness 1985 May 19 Thursday: May 22 …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Three Lesbian Women ‘Marry’ Each Other, Claim to Be World’s First ‘Throuple’

By Garrett Haley MASSACHUSETTS – Three women in Massachusetts claim they are the world’s first lesbian ‘throuple,’ after they all exchanged wedding vows and ‘married’ each other last year. Brynn, Doll, and Kitten are three women who range in age from 27 to 34. Last August, they organized a wedding-style ceremony, in which they entered into a threesome “marriage” union. Even though Massachusetts recognizes same-sex “marriages,” polygamy is illegal. However, that did not deter Brynn, Doll, and Kitten from entering into a three-way relationship. “In our eyes we are married,” Brynn told The Sun newspaper. “We had specialist lawyers draw up paperwork so our assets are equally divided.” The three women recognized that their union is possibly unprecedented. “As far as we know, there aren’t any other three women who are married like us,” Doll told the Daily Mail. Doll says she has considered herself to be polygamous since high school. “I had always dated girls, who—although they had boyfriends or girlfriends—were also allowed to date me,” she stated. “I never thought that much about it and I had never really come out as poly to my friends and family. To me, it was just how I was.” Brynn describes their relationship as a “romantic committee,” where the household responsibilities are …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Religion

Supreme Court approves sectarian prayer at public meetings

By Lauren Markoe (RNS) Just because sectarian prayers are constitutional, said University of Notre Dame law professor Richard W. Garnett, doesn’t mean policies like those of Greece, N.Y. “are wise or welcoming.” The post Supreme Court approves sectarian prayer at public meetings appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

By Richard Wolf WASHINGTON (RNS) The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent: having government leaders parse prayers, or outlawing them altogether. The post Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

Happy Monday, Owl Nation! Last week nearly 3,000 Owls joined our more than 136...

By Florida Atlantic University Happy Monday, Owl Nation! Last week nearly 3,000 Owls joined our more than 136,000 alumni who have graduated from #FAU since we first opened our doors in 1964. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this milestone event! FAU Spring 2014 Commencement FAU conferred more than 2,890 degrees on May 1-2, 2014 during six commencement ceremonies in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca… …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Ex-Mormons Decry Liberty University for Welcoming Gospel of Glenn Beck at Convocation

By Heather Clark Ex-Mormons across the country are decrying Liberty University’s decision to feature Glenn Beck at their recent convocation ceremony, who invoked the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and referenced LDS doctrine before the thousands of students in attendance. “I am Mormon and share your faith,” the outspoken conservative talk show host asserted during his spiritually-mixed charge to students, as he stood in front of a large banner bearing the university’s motto, “Training Champions for Christ.” As previously reported, Beck was introduced by President Jerry Falwell, who noted that the university presented the political commentator with an honorary doctorate in 2010 as he likewise addressed the students during that time. Beck then took the podium to applause and cheers, explaining that he believed he was given a message from God that day to share with the students. “Are you willing to give your life?” Beck asked fervently. “What are you willing to do? What is it that means something to you?” “Days before Joseph Smith was martyred he was taken out by the sheriff; they tried to tar and feather him several times,” he explained. “The last time they took him, they said, ‘You owe $25.’ He said, ‘No, I don’t owe a man anything.’ …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Video: Christian ‘Tingle’ commercial

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Comedians Tripp and Tyler created a spin-off of Christian dating website commercials. They call it “Christian Tingle: Because God Can Use the Internet Too.” The post Video: Christian ‘Tingle’ commercial appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

FIYou: Amy Reid

By Joel Delgado Name: Amy Reid Hometown: Miami, Florida Job Title/Department: Program Coordinator for the Minority Access to Research Careers – Undergraduate Student Training for Academic …read more Source: FIU News     ...
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The Great Divorces * Latino Secularists * More Moore: Monday’s Roundup

By David Gibson You won’t believe what Judge Roy Moore, Alabama’s top justice, said. Actually you will. Jesus divorces, and so does Bishop Gene Robinson and another Christian performing duo. A helluva a Roundup today, literally… The post The Great Divorces * Latino Secularists * More Moore: Monday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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South Carolina Education Committee Allows Critical Discussion of Evolution

By Garrett Haley COLUMBIA, S.C. – Despite outcries from evolutionists, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee has approved new standards which would allow public school students to learn arguments both for and against evolution. As previously reported, South Carolina Senator Mike Fair objected to pro-evolution curricula proposed in his state earlier this year. Fair, a member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC), told reporters that evolution and natural selection are not conclusive theories. “To teach that natural selection is the answer to origins is wrong,” Fair stated. “I don’t have a problem with teaching theories. I don’t think it should be taught as fact.” Following Fair’s statements, evolutionists labeled him “an embarrassment” and an “uneducated and unintelligent buffoon.” One commenter suggested that a balanced view of evolutionary theory in the classroom would cause South Carolinian students to “suffer because the education they are provided will be of low to no quality.” Despite the criticism from evolutionists, Fair and the other EOC members have proposed a new education policy which would facilitate in-class discussions about evolution’s strengths and weaknesses. The EOC’s proposal, according to The Post and Courier, would require biology students to articulate both pro-evolution arguments and anti-evolution arguments. Last week, Fair reiterated …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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