When It Comes to Pop Culture, There’s a Christian Version of Everything Secular

A couple of months ago, I saw Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist) give a talk on how Christians co-opt just about everything in secular culture. For every great musician, or book, or movie… or fast food logo… there’s a Christian equivalent.

I got his point after a few examples. But then he kept giving more. And they didn’t stop coming. The message was clear: There’s no bit of pop culture too irrelevant to turn into a promotion of Jesus:

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South Carolina Elementary School Fundraisers Benefit Local Church’s Mission Work

Oakbrook Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina ran a teacher-led fundraiser recently with all proceeds supporting missions sponsored by the Old Fort Baptist Church:

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the district yesterday:

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Pastor Says Florida School Board Should Say No to Atheist/Satanist Book Giveaways Since They’re Not “True Religions”

In a piece that’s light on facts and heavy on ignorance, Pastor Troy Schmidt writes that the Orange County School District should ban atheists and Satanists from distributing their books, but still allow Christians to give away Bibles.

He’s referring to the recent controversy where the district is considering banning all book distributions by outside groups because atheists want to participate and the Satanic Temple created coloring books for the occasion.

After claiming the coloring book mocks other beliefs — which it really doesn’t — Schmidt says this:

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Maryland City Council Member Won’t Take Oath on Bible Because That’s Not What She Was Elected to Uphold

Jessica Fitzwater (below) just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland, and I already have reason to like her. On December 1, when she takes the oath of office, she won’t be swearing in on a Bible:



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Louisiana School District Apologizes for Veterans Day Assembly That Included Christian Prayer

A couple of days ago, I posted about a Veterans Day assembly that took place at Morgan City High School in Louisiana. It began with a Christian prayer — and students were told to stand up and bow their heads. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center wanted assurances it would never happen again:

It didn’t take long for the district to admit the prayer never should have happened. In a statement released by the superintendent and a district attorney, they said the blatant Christianity was “not consistent with district policy”:

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