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Lamar W. Hankins : Texas Cheerleaders for Jesus

Kountze High School cheerleaders with banner at football game. Image from Atheist Camel.Cheerleaders for Jesus:Texas politicians jumpon religion bandwagon Can cheerleaders who represent the Kountze Independent School District, while acting in their official capacities as school cheerleaders, promote their personal … Continue reading

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Marilyn Katz : What Every Woman Should Know (About Paul Ryan)

Rep. Paul Ryan faces moderator Martha Raddatz in the vice presidential debate. Photo by Saul Loeb / AFP / GettyImages.One sure thing:What every woman should know Paul Ryan has voted 59 times to support legislation that ranges from declaring a … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Playing Politics with Religion in Hays County, Texas

Photo by Alamy / The Telegraph.Hays County officials play politicswith religious invocation Individual rights of conscience and religious diversity cannot be maintained when the government promotes one religion over others. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | October … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : The Courts and the Mount Soledad Cross

Church and State: Mount Soledad cross with American flag. Photo from Getty Images / ABC News.Why Christian crosses don’t belongon war and veterans’ memorials Their complaint was that the Christian cross made this a sectarian war memorial with an inherently … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Religion and Secularism in the Public Square

Sen. John F. Kennedy speaks attempts to allay fears about his Caltholicism before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on Sept. 12, 1960. Photo from Houston Chronicle / AP.Religion and secularism in the public square Opposing the promotion of religion and … Continue reading

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Jim Rigby : The Flag by the Pulpit

Image from encountering love.The flag by the pulpit What does it mean when we tell preachers not to be political, but place a flag by the pulpit as though the flag were not itself a political statement? By Jim Rigby … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Jessica Ahlquist and the Modern Day Puritans

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Ahlquist sued Cranston High School in Cranston, Rhode Island, for displaying an eight-foot tall prayer banner in the school gym. Photo by Gretchen Ertl / NYT / Facebook.‘City upon a hill’:Our modern-day Puritans andthe saga of Jessica Ahlquist … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Praising Jesus at the Hays County Courthouse

Hays County Courthouse. Image from tripadvisor.‘In Jesus’ name’:Hays County Commissioners Courtpromotes sectarian prayer By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | January 23, 2012 SAN MARCOS, Texas — No principle is more fundamental to the founding of this country … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : The Urgent Business of Promoting Religion

Writ in stone. Image from Addicting Info.‘Substantive and meaningful’:Congressional Republicans attend tothe urgent business of promoting religion By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / November 8, 2011 Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia recently declared that … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Religion is the Elixir of Republican Politics

Religion as magic elixir. Image from Photobucket.Religion:The elixir of Republican politics By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / October 18, 2011 An elixir is a substance taken to cure one’s ills, or it’s a substance used to carry … Continue reading

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Don Swift : Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation

Rev. Tom Schlueter, a New Apostolic Reformation pastor, shown laying his hands on Rick Perry in front of a painting of the Battle at the Alamo. Image from Right Speak.A threat to American liberties:Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation … Continue reading

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Don Swift : Dominionists and the ‘Kingdom of God’

Image from The Last Crisis.A threat to American liberties:Dominionists and the ‘Kingdom of God’ They want to take over government and create a theocracy. No wonder they see nothing wrong in playing politics from the pulpit. By Don Swift / … Continue reading

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