That’s the Virgin Mary? Christians Must Be Getting Desperate…

It’s a miracle in Rhode Island!

No, not the cross, the thing etched onto the cross. You know, the Virgin Mary:

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Should Low-Income Public Schools Accept Help from Non-Evangelizing Evangelicals?

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Yes, but only with strong oversight.

Samuel G. Freedman at the New York Times has an article in today’s paper about how a group of evangelical Christians are helping revitalize Roosevelt High School, a public school serving a lot of low-income families. They paint walls, repair bleachers, offer tutoring, help coach the football team, etc.

Normally, that’s not a good match… but it seems to have worked out fairly well for this school and many others in the area:

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Thanks for Helping Mississippi Families ‘Beat the Heat’!

Earlier this summer, I posted about how the Northeast Mississippi Secular Humanist Association wanted to purchase air conditioners for 10 families, including one with special needs:

The campaign is over and there’s good news to report:

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Obama Administration Backs Legislative Prayer in Amicus Brief

There’s a Supreme Court case that will be heard this October involving prayer at government meetings and I plan to post something far more thorough about it very soon.

But one update really needs to be mentioned now. The Obama administration, on Thursday, weighed in on the case with an amicus brief (PDF), intended to urge the Supreme Court to act in a certain way.

The brief says very clearly that the administration, led by Solicitor General Don Verrilli, is on the side of allowing invocation prayers:

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Atheist Chaplains in the Military: ‘That Was a Dumb Idea’

Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX) — the guy who believes fetuses can masturbate — is one of the representatives who voted (twice) to deny non-religious people like Jason Heap from joining the military chaplaincy.

Daniel Moran attended a town hall event with Burgess yesterday and asked him about those votes.

Instead of offering a rational explanation as to why he voted that way, Burgess essentially dismissed the idea of non-religious chaplains, showing in the process a complete lack of understanding as to why they’re needed:

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