Jewish Students Lead Charge to Remove Jewish Religious Symbol from a Wisconsin High School

A sukkah is a hut covered by things like palm leaves built for the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

Some Jewish students at Nicolet High School in Wisconsin built one recently and they wanted to keep it in the school’s courtyard… but you can see the problem with that: it’d be a religious display on government property, akin to Christian students putting up a Nativity scene at the school.

What’s really interesting, though, is that it was fellow Jewish students who led the charge to have it removed:

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Another Georgia County Approves Display of “Historically Significant Documents”… Including the Ten Commandments

The Newton County Board of Commissioners in Georgia just approved a display of nine “historically significant documents” to be placed in the local courthouse.

And, as alert readers know by now, that’s really just a code for Let’s get the Ten Commandments up in city buildings… and we’ll just surround it with other shit so no one can sue us.

In fact, the Ten Commandments display, along with another about the phrase “In God We Trust,” are really the only two that have no historical significance at all. It’s not like our laws derive from them. Hell, only two of the Commandments are legally forbidden — and it’s not like that’s the case because they were written in the Bible.



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North Carolina Magistrate Refuses to Perform Gay Wedding Because of His “Religious Beliefs”

Yesterday was the first day of legal gay marriage in North Carolina, which means you knew this was going to happen:

William Locklear and his partner showed up at the county courthouse Monday expecting to get married after 31 years together.

The couple didn’t get the chance.

A magistrate turned them away.

“He said, ‘I won’t be performing your marriage because of my religious beliefs,’” Locklear said.

The article never mentions the faith of the magistrate, but would anyone like to take a wild guess…?

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Texas A&M Now Holds University-Supported Prayers Before Football Games

Over the weekend, before Texas A&M lost to Ole Miss, the Aggies held not one, not two, but three separate prayers on the field before kickoff. The first two were led by Student Body President Kyle Kelly. The third was led by Memorial Student Center President Ryan Trantham.

Kelly said the idea originated from the South Carolina game when he noticed how the Gamecocks led a prayer before the game. He said he liked the idea, but didn’t think anything more of it.

The following week, Kelly said he received a phone call from Regent Jim Schwertner, who asked if Kelly had also noticed the gameday prayer.

“Our school has got such time honored traditions and values and I thought why aren’t we doing that?” Schwertner said.

Because it’s illegal, that’s why.

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The Benefit of Long-Form Conversations

Last night, Sam Harris appeared on CNN to talk about his criticism of Islam with anchor Don Lemon:



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