Pastor Who Once Prayed for Congressman’s Death is Now Running for President

In 2010, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) died. Murtha had been a staunch opponent of the War in Iraq and frequently butted heads with the Religious Right. In response to his death, one of the more disturbing responses came from Pastor Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in California (below), who sent out an email saying the congressman’s death may have had something to do with his prayers:

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Kansas School Angers Christians After Swapping Chapel Pews with Chairs to Create Space for Muslims

More than 50 years ago, when a family donated money to create the Harvey D. Grace Memorial chapel at Wichita State University in Kansas, they said they wanted the space open to people of all faiths. That’s why, earlier this year, the school decided to remove the pews from the building. When Christians wanted to worship, they could break out the folding chairs. And when Muslims wanted to pray, they would have plenty of space available to them as well. It was a win-win for everyone.

But alum Jean Ann Cusick decided this was Christian Persecution.

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“In God We Trust” is Now Displayed on Ambulances in Texas

It was bad enough when the police departments and sheriffs’ offices did it. Now, in Lamesa, Texas, medical professionals are inadvertently throwing up their hands in surrender and telling patients to put their faith in God’s hands.

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Another Ten Commandments Monument Erected Outside Oklahoma Courthouse

Just a day after the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building was taken down because it’s illegal government promotion of religion, the Johnston County Commissioners (in the same state) have put up a similar monument outside the local courthouse:

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An Arkansas High School is Allowing Students to Pray Over the Loudspeakers at Football Games

Ashdown High School in Arkansas has a problem with prayer.

It’s not that a lot of kids want to say them. That’s not an issue. That’s never been an issue. The problem is that everyone in the community seems to have no clue where to draw the line. They thought it was okay for the band director to lead the prayers. It’s not.

So the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter at the behest of someone in the District (as is always the case; they don’t do these things on a whim). That seems to have stopped the band director’s involvement… but there’s still a problem:

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