The (First) 7 Problems with the Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum

We learned a couple of weeks ago that Hobby Lobby President Steve Green had developed a Bible curriculum for public schools and that Oklahoma’s Mustang Public Schools board had voted to approve it and become the first district to implement it. The course would focus on the “narrative, history and impact of the Good Book.”

Green had said in a video that he believed the course should be mandatory, though for now, it would be an elective. (To no one’s surprise, Glenn Beck is a full-on supporter of the course.)

There are already such courses in public schools around the country and they’re legal because they don’t treat the Bible as a Holy Book. (Though even that line is crossed far more than it should.) I think most defenders of church/state separation would agree that there’s a lot of value in teaching about the Bible because of the role it plays in literature, culture, and our own history… as long as you follow a simple rule: You can teach the Bible, but you can’t preach the Bible.

That brings us to the big question about what the Oklahoma district is doing: Will Steve Green’s Bible curriculum really be objective?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation requested a copy of the curriculum last November — but they still haven’t gotten ahold of it. However, they did get their hands on the textbook for the course (from an unnamed source). And the biggest surprise may be that the cover isn’t a series of red flags.

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Surprise! Americans Overwhelmingly Want to Keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance

In what may be the most unnecessary poll I’ve seen in a long time, LifeWay Research asked Americans whether or not they prefer to keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and — *gasp*they overwhelmingly said yes:



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An Anthropology Professor Confronts Campus Preachers… and They Get the Best of Him

James Boster, a professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, recently crossed paths with preachers on his campus. They were doing their usual schtick about sin, mixed with a dash of Creationism, and Boster couldn’t help himself. He began arguing with them, tried to preach the gospel of Darwin (my words, not his) to students passing by, and basically made himself look like an asshole in the video below:



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Why is This Public School’s Wrestling Team Promoting the Bible at Every Opportunity?

The wrestling team at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia seems to care more about promoting Jesus than it does providing a welcoming environment for all students.

Specifically, one Bible verse — Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me — is emblazoned all over the place.

On their t-shirts, which they wore during the season:

Atop their school’s gym doors:

Even on their school’s website, where it was listed as the official team motto as recently as February:

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A Year After Being Sued for Posting Videos Showing Ergun Caner’s Lies, a Blogger is Vindicated in Court

For several years, Ergun Caner (below), a one-time leader of Liberty University‚Äôs theological seminary, told everyone about his tragic background and story of redemption. He said he had grown up in Turkey in a Muslim family, with a polygamist father, and he was trained to do “that which was done on 9/11.” But he later became a Christian and that saved his life!

In truth, he was born in Sweden and immigrated to Ohio when he was two. He was no terrorist-in-training. The crux of his life story was a fiction.

Blogger Jason Smathers has been documenting Caner’s lies for years now… to the point where Caner was removed from his position at Liberty when they were investigating his background.

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