Illinois Lawmakers Consider Bill Allowing Group Prayer in School. (Isn’t That Already Legal? Yes. Yes It Is)

Illinois lawmakers introduced legislation several years ago to give public school students time to pray in school. To keep it legal, it was eventually called the “Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act.” It’s useless legislation, of course, since students can pray whenever they’d like. But if you wanted to get prayer in school, this was a legal backdoor approach.

Earlier this year, State Rep. Mary E. Flowers (below) introduced an amendment to that law — because I guess silence isn’t enough — which would allow for group prayer. That bill is now picking up co-sponsors left and right and heading for a vote very soon.



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A Survivor of “Faith Assembly,” an Extremist Christian Sect, is Making a Film Highlighting the Cult’s Impact

Last November, Terry wrote about a faith-healing cult from the 1970s, led by preacher Hobart Freeman. Faith Assembly was a cult where babies died frequently and faith healing was a way of life.

Josh Wilson was one of the survivors and he talked about his experience in this video..



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How Does Homosexuality Make Sense Within the Theory of Evolution?

For Darwin Day, Richard Dawkins answered questions about evolution for his viewers. The latest one discusses how homosexuality makes sense within the theory of evolution:



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A New Documentary Looks at Declining Church Attendance

You know, for the first 1:30 of the trailer below, this looked like a pretty amazing documentary!



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A Free Glass of Water at Chick-fil-A Cost Him a Million Dollars… and You Probably Think He Deserved It

Remember the Chick-fil-A controversy of 2012? COO Dan Cathy had made disparaging comments about same-sex marriages, and it became widely known that the company’s owners, through a trust, donated money to anti-gay organizations.

In response, YouTuber Jackson Pearce suggested one way to fight back: Go to Chick-fil-A and ask for a glass of water, which they would give you for free. In essence, you’d be taking money away from the company.

Arizona native Adam M. Smith decided to do just that. But he took it much further. He lashed out at the employee (who had nothing to do with the politics of the company’s executives)… and recorded the exchange:

*sigh*

Could that be any more cringe-worthy?

As I wrote then, I just felt bad for the employee. She handled the situation perfectly — she did her job, remained as neutral as possible, and tried to explain how the company didn’t discriminate against gay customers (which is true)… and Smith came off as a heartless bully. Even if Chick-fil-A had a problem, this employee had nothing to do with it and Smith was wrongly taking his anger out on her. She showed far more class than he did.

Even Jon Stewart called Smith a dick for his actions:

That was only the beginning of an awful period in Smith’s life. His well-intentioned protest had completely backfired and he had only himself to blame.

Smith has now written about that whole experience — what led up to it, what happened afterwards, and (more importantly) what he has learned since then — in a new book called Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity.

In the excerpt below, Smith writes about the immediate aftermath of his Chick-fil-A exchange:

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