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Ron Williams (below) wanted his children to attend a secular school in Australia, so you can imagine his surprise when his children told him they were attending “assemblies where the chaplain presided and a rap song was played extolling the virtues of chaplains over teachers as adults kids could trust.”
As it turned out, it was all part of a program funded by the country’s government. In fact, since 2007, schools could be eligible for up to $20,000 if they began or extended chaplaincy services.
When Bertram Dahl told Beebe, Arkansas Mayor Mike Robertson that he wanted to build a church and goods shop in the garage in his backyard, Robertson was very supportive:
The mayor was very nice to us and welcomed us and even gave us useful information, such as the local utilities we would need to contact. He even sold us three couches from his furniture store to put in the new home.
When Robertson found out Dahl (below) was, in fact, a Pagan High Priest, his support faded quickly:
Last month, a member of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority asked Twitter to block specific URLS, individual Twitter users, and entire search threads because he felt they were “Un-ethical” and “Blasphemous.” Those tweets included drawings of Muhammad or suggested that people burn the koran.
To the surprise of many, Twitter complied with those requests. It led to hashtag advocacy urging the company to reconsider the censorship with supporters using the phrase #TwitterTheocracy, though there’s no way to gauge how much of an effect that had.
Check out the premise of this new reality show premiering in July on the soon-to-launch network FYI (formerly The Biography Channel):
Hundreds of single people interested in long-term relationships are pared down to 6 individuals — 3 “scientifically”-matched couples — on the basis of four areas: clinical psychology, sociology, sexology, and religion/spirituality. After they are matched up by experts in those fields, the couples agree to get legally married before even meeting each other.
It’s called Married at First Sight. Consider it an arranged marriage where your parents have nothing to do with it.
And guess who the religion/spirituality adviser is?