Under Threat of $10,000 Fine, MS District Halts Marching Band Halftime Show Featuring Christian Hymn

I’ve posted multiple times about the Rankin County School District (in Mississippi). This is a District where a school held a religious assembly during the school day, only to be exposed by one of the students, then held another one a year later. This is a place where another school in the District held a Gideon Bible giveaway. And this is a place where the Superintendent blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance. Because of all this, a judge ruled that any future violations of church/state separation would result in an automatic $10,000 fine.

You’d think officials there would finally get the hint: The School District is not a church. They cannot be in the business of promoting religion.

I guess it still hasn’t sunk in.

Last night, the Brandon High School marching band members were told — just before the first football game of the season — that they could not perform because part of their show involved the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

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Creationist Kent Hovind’s Co-Defendant Paul John Hansen Sentenced to Prison on Contempt Charges

Last month, after a long stint in prison for tax fraud, Creationist Kent Hovind was set free (though he had to spend a month under house arrest and will be on “supervised released” for the next three years).

Since then, he’s been posting videos on YouTube promoting his usual Creationist schtick:

His partner in crime, however, isn’t getting off so easy:

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Pastor Lashes Out at City Council Member for Saying Churches Shouldn’t Be Used as Polling Places

If you’ve ever voted, there’s a chance you may have done so at a local church. That’s not automatically a problem, but it easily could be if there are not-so-subtle messages there encouraging you to vote a certain way, like signs opposing abortion rights or gay marriage.

That’s why I appreciate what Janesville (Wisconsin) City Council member Sam Liebert (below) said at a recent meeting. He urged his colleagues to find a polling location that honored the notion of church/state separation.

That angered one local pastor, Rev. Michael Jackson (go ahead and get it out of your system now), who sent Liebert a nasty letter accusing him of persecuting Christians, adding that he’s “the one member of the council who should have been most sensitive to the issue of discrimination.” Because, you know, black people.

Liebert wasn’t having any of it:

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Is Christian YouTuber Sam Rader Fair Game in the Ashley Madison Hack?

Following the revelation that Josh Duggar had paid accounts at cheating website Ashley Madison, it turns out another well-known Christian has also been exposed.

Sam Rader and his wife Nia (above) are the telegenic Christian YouTubers who have made headlines lately for their viral pregnancy announcement, which was followed just days later by a miscarriage announcement (which makes you wonder if they’re just faking it for the hits).

But they’re unabashedly (and, depending on your perspective, annoyingly) Christian. They talk about it all the time.

Which may be why new reports are confirming that Sam Rader also had a paid account on Ashley Madison. His name, his city, his website, and his zip code are all linked together with a paid membership in the recently-hacked data.

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Chick-fil-A Doesn’t Follow This Airport’s “Rules,” but Christian Privilege Has Nothing To Do With It

If you own a restaurant or retail chain, then the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is a wonderful place to operate. There are lots of potential customers with plenty of down time and, as we all know from personal experience, you can charge about 2379423 times as much as you normally do.

So when Metropolitan Airports Commission made their pitch this week to business owners who may want one of the 50 available concession slots, they laid out the ground rules, one of which is that the shop must be open every day of the year. The airport doesn’t take a day off, so neither can they.

But Janet Moore of the Star Tribune points out the one exception to that rule: Chick-fil-A, the Christian-owned chain, doesn’t operate on Sundays. Even at the airport.

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