Contest Winner: If You Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance, You’re Destroying America

In North Carolina, the Hendersonville Elks Lodge held a contest for kids in which they had to explain “What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me.”

And the winner of her age bracket was an eighth-grade student named Madison who had this to say about the Pledge:

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How to Have a Civil Conversation on Social Media

Anthony Magnabosco has made a whole bunch of videos in which he speaks to strangers about their religious beliefs for just five minutes — and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards. (You can see his efforts here, here, here, here, and here.)

In his latest video, he explains how to help others realize how they’re thinking (and if they’re making any errors in their thought process) in situations not involving religion… on social media. That sounds like a recipe for disaster, yet he does a nice job analyzing, for example, his conversation with a conservative about racism and Ferguson.

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Judge Tells Divorced Atheist He Has to Attend Church Services with His Children as Part of Settlement

This is a weird situation… and I wonder if any lawyers in the UK can shed some light on whether this is legal and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Steve, a British atheist, has been told by a judge that, as part of a divorce settlement, he must attend Roman Catholic mass with his kids.

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Supreme Court Rules Unanimously in Favor of Muslim Prisoner Who Wanted to Grow a Half-Inch Beard

Last year, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case, Holt v. Hobbs, that was all about a Muslim inmate from Arkansas, Gregory H. Holt, who wanted to grow a half-inch beard in accordance with his beliefs.

The problem was that Arkansas happened to be one of the only states that banned beards of any length for security reasons. Hence, the legal battle. (For the record, more than 40 states allow prisoners to have half-inch beards and most allow even longer ones.)

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Conservative Christian Activist Admits She Had an Affair During Right-Wing Conference: “I Lost My Faith in God”

Last summer, a Christian woman named Holly Fisher posted a picture online that quickly went viral. It featured her holding a gun in one hand and a Bible the other, while standing in front of an American flag:

What made the image really take off was that it became juxtaposed with a similar image of terrorist Reem Saleh Al-Riyashi (often including the phrase: “Explain the difference”):

Conservatives were bending over backwards to defend Fisher because she was basically a good patriotic Christian woman who wanted to defend her family.

I bring this up because of a message Fisher posted on her Facebook page Sunday.

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