Fox News Thinks Ohio Couple Is Clever For Erecting a Jesus Sign After ACLU Forced It From a Public School

Cathy and Terry Hodgson, a couple from New Concord, Ohio, went on Fox News the other day to share photos of their new lawn ornament. It’s a four-feet-tall picture of Jesus and some bleating creatures under the text “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”

Why did Fox deem this worthy of national attention? Because a year ago, the ACLU informed a local public school that a similar sign that had been displayed in the building for more than forty years was in violation of the law and asked that it be removed. In a five-to-zero vote, the school board agreed to take the sign down.

Fox News’ Steve Doocy seems to be positively gloating over the Hodgsons’ lawn art, presenting it as some clever end run that the couple had done around the ACLU. But why? While the sign may bother people who are allergic to religious kitsch, there is nothing constitutionally wrong with it, and I know not a single atheist or civil libertarian who’d be offended by it in its new location. (In public schools or on government property, however, that’s another matter.)



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This Porn Star Became a Christian Evangelist After Reaching Real Ecstasy With Jesus

She had sex on-camera with a hundred women (not all at once, I think) and appeared with barely a shred of clothing in Hustler and Penthouse.

These days, using the title “Porn Again Christian,” Teresa Carey sells wet dreams of a different kind, preaching religious surrender and salvation to audiences that include church groups and student gatherings.



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Would Any Augusta (GA) Readers Like to Go to a Faith-Healing Show… and Tell Us What It Was Like?

It’s free, and it’s a spectacle you won’t soon forget.

Many have testified and been healed from incurable diseases Cancer, HIV, and many have walked out of wheelchairs and crutches, canes after Apostle Ssali has prayed for them.

October 24th & 25th 2014 7pm nightly.

That’s tonight and tomorrow night. I’m dying to be there, but Hemant and I, being dwellers of the North, will have to let an Augusta-area reader do the honors.

How could you not want to be a witness to this?



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New Zealand State School Offers Bible Classes Under the Guise of Values Education; Some Parents Protest

Who doesn’t like “values”? Values are what those of us with kids would probably most like to impart to them. But whose values?

That’s what Roy Warren, an Australian father, is asking a state school after his five-year-old son was subjected to a values curriculum. The teaching is, to say the least, a little one-sided.

The program is run by the Churches Education Commission, which acts on behalf of Christian churches to teach religious education in state schools. …

[Says Warren:] “I went through the 18 lessons and every one of them is about God. For 18 weeks these children are being told to believe in God. It’s evangelistic.”

Families can opt out of the program but Warren did not want to isolate his son. “I thought it was very unfair to take him away from his classmates and get him sitting by himself coloring in and making him feel ostracized,” he says. “And then have to explain to him he hasn’t been bad or naughty, but it’s just against what we believe in as a family.



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Researchers Find That No Facts Whatsoever Will Change Anti-Vaxxers’ Minds. The Same May Be True For You and Me

Depressing. From Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker:

[In April,] Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. They had followed a group of almost two thousand parents, all of whom had at least one child under the age of seventeen, to test a simple relationship: Could various pro-vaccination campaigns change parental attitudes toward vaccines?

Each household received one of four messages: a leaflet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that there had been no evidence linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine and autism; a leaflet from the Vaccine Information Statement on the dangers of the diseases that the M.M.R. vaccine prevents; photographs of children who had suffered from the diseases; and a dramatic story from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about an infant who almost died of measles. A control group did not receive any information at all. The goal was to test whether facts, science, emotions, or stories could make people change their minds.



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