An Atheist Writes About the Years He Spent Attending a Christian College

Oliver Eldridge attended the very-Christian Azusa Pacific University in California… which is a strange thing to do when you’re an atheist.

We sometimes hear about non-religious people who attend religious schools because they discovered they no longer believed in God during college and it was too late to transfer. It was much easier to just suck it up, get the degree, and get out. That, I think, makes a lot of sense.

But Oliver knew he was an atheist before he even applied. So what gives?

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TN Legislator Wants to Take $100,000 from UT’s Diversity Office to Buy “In God We Trust” Stickers

For the past year, whenever fire department officials and police chiefs have put “In God We Trust” decals on their vehicles, they’ve gone out of their way to explain how the message is totally not an endorsement of Christianity, adding that the stickers are privately funded, anyway.

Now wait till you hear what’s going on in Tennessee.

House Bill 2248, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Micah Van Huss, would strip $100,000 a year from the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion — which is all the state funding they get.

That’s bad enough. Van Huss, however, amended his own bill yesterday to make it even worse. Now he wants that money to be re-allocated in order to buy “In God We Trust” decals.

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Teacher Who Led Students Out of Religious Assembly Will Resign After Accusations of Racism

Earlier this month, I posted a story about a ridiculous event that took place at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School For Innovation in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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As the story went, a white teacher interrupted a Black History Month assembly and told the kids to leave the auditorium with him, leading the school to send home a letter to parents apologizing for his actions.

There’s now an update to this story and I’m sorry to say it doesn’t involve an apology to Tyree.

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A Christian Professor Shares How Her Bible-Based, Husband-Led Marriage Led to Domestic Abuse

Ruth Tucker was married to an ordained minister for about 20 years. On paper, that might sound like a great union, but the reality was far more disturbing. Tucker became the subject of his violent rages as he tried to force her into submission. She and her son eventually escaped in 1987.

The longtime professor has now written a book documenting her experiences and urging Christians to adopt a more egalitarian approach to marriage, as opposed to a complementarian one that says men are always the head of the household.

It’s called Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse (Zondervan, 2016):

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In the excerpt below, she writes about one of those violent outbursts, how her son Carlton protected her, and how she remained silent about it even then:

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Where Does Judge Merrick Garland Stand on Church/State Separation?

Earlier today, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. He’s widely considered a moderate as well as an apolitical selection (as much as someone can be, anyway).

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The nomination itself means we have to ask some important questions: Where does Garland stand on church/state separation? LGBT rights? Women’s rights?

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