Two weeks ago, Arkansas State’s football players were seen on TV with Christian crosses on their helmets:
The crosses were there, we learned later, to honor a former player and manager, both of whom died earlier this year. But sentiment doesn’t mean you’re allowed to break the law. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to athletic department officials warning them against using school-sponsored religious symbols on helmets, and Arkansas State quickly issued a press release saying those crosses would soon disappear:
Michigan State House Candidate Responds to Bigoted Survey Questions with Incredible Letter Defending LGBT Rights
How do I know that?
It starts with a despicable survey he received from the conservative group Public Advocate. While some of the questions asked him to affirm his stance against marriage equality — hardly a surprise — the others went waaaaay overboard:
Last week, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel and Nomad and a critic of Islam, spoke at Yale University. It didn’t happen without conflict, though. More than 35 groups, including the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics signed an open letter expressing their disappointment in the invitation.
The letter asked that Hirsi Ali’s speech be restricted to only her personal experiences (as if Hirsi Ali wasn’t qualified to speak about Islam as a whole) and called for another speaker with “academic credentials” to also be invited (as if Hirsi Ali’s lack of a Ph.D. had any bearing on her message).
If your preaching plans involve going after children who aren’t old enough to think for themselves, your beliefs must be pretty flimsy to begin with.
If your preaching plans involve giving those children free ice cream in order to bait-and-switch them into hearing about Jesus, now you’re just plain creepy.