This Public School District Was Taken Over by Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men and Then All Hell Broke Loose

I’m late to this one, but I finally had the chance to listen to a recent episode of This American Life which documents the true story of how a group of ultra-orthodox Jews took over a public school district in East Ramapo, New York.



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Under This Rule, Even Brigham Young Would Have Been Kicked Out of Brigham Young University

If you attend Brigham Young University, you have to abide by a few faith-based rules like no drinking alcohol, no pre-marital sex… and no beards.

That last one was put into place more than four decades ago because, back then, beards were seen as signs of “protest, revolution and rebellion against authority… They are also symbols of the hippie and drug culture.”

Even if you accept that reasoning, that’s certainly not the case anymore. But leave it to religion to keep with a tradition long after it ceases to make any sense. It’s especially ironic given that Brigham Young (below) and several other Mormon Church leaders sported beards in their time:

When even Brigham Young would be kicked out of Brigham Young University, you know there’s a problem.

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A College Professor Explains How He Dismantles the Concept of “Nonoverlapping Magisteria” for His Students

Professor David P. Barash writes in today’s New York Times about “The Talk” he gives his students regarding evolution and God. They are free to believe that God plays a role in the evolutionary process, whether He began it or guides it, but the evidence is overwhelmingly against the worlds overlapping:



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JeffCo School Board (in Colorado) Wants to Revise the AP U.S. History Curriculum… with the Help of Christians

Last year, three conservatives won seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education in Colorado, giving them a majority on the five-member board.

The community is now seeing the results of that election because the board wants to rethink the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum to make sure it’s being taught “properly”… which is to say they don’t want to stress the things that make our country look awful. Earlier this week, students led a protest over this rewriting of our own history:

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Mizzou Cancels Church Bulletin Discount for Upcoming Volleyball Game; Now, Everyone Can Attend for Free

Yesterday, I posted about a possibly illegal discount for Christians the University of Missouri was offering for an upcoming women’s volleyball game. Anyone who brought in a church bulletin would get free admission.

At some point, maybe after being alerted to the legal concerns, they also offered printable vouchers that anybody could bring in for free admission. Yet, the Christian discount — now completely unnecessary — remained in place:



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