After Church/State Separation Advocate Mikey Weinstein Speaks at Patrick Henry College, School Deletes Video

Yesterday, I posted about how the Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein (below, right) recently sat down for an interview with WORLD Magazine editor-in-chief Dr. Marvin Olasky at Patrick Henry College, one of the most fundamentalist Christian schools in the nation.

You can read the positive reaction from students here, but what’s puzzling is that the school took down the video from their website within days of posting it. Chris Rodda explains:

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Pastor Explains How His Church Will Offer to Tutor Elementary School Kids… to Bring Their Families Closer to God

We’ve discussed the Good News Club on this site several times before — it’s basically an elementary school version of Campus Crusade for Christ. The Christians who run the groups want to reach the kids early — before they can think for themselves — in the hopes that they’ll be able to add another tally mark on the church walls and save some souls.

But there’s a less explicit, more insidious way to get to young children, and you can hear it in a recent sermon given at Calvary Alliance Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the clip below, Pastor David Robinette explains how his church plans to gather volunteers, then approach local elementary schools with the offer of tutoring children for free. Why tutor them? Because they’ll win over the children, which means winning over the families, which means they’ll eventually come to Jesus. He doesn’t say that last bit explicitly, but the path is evident.

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Church/State Separation Advocate Mikey Weinstein Speaks at Fundamentalist Christian College

On Friday, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein (below, right) sat down for an interview with WORLD Magazine editor-in-chief Dr. Marvin Olasky at Patrick Henry College. That’s one of the most vocal fighters for separation of church and state speaking at one of the most fundamentalist Christian schools in the nation.



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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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