Ohio Mayor Puts Large Crosses Back Up on City Building Because, He Says, “I’m Allowed To” During the Month of Easter

Late last year, months after received a warning from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the mayor of Stratton, Ohio, John Abdalla, reluctantly took down the crosses that had adorned the Stratton Village Municipal Building for more than 20 years:



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Note to The Blaze: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is Not a ‘Separatist’ Group

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Separatists”?

Something militant? Something evil? Though it technically refers to a group seeking independence from their country, we usually only hear the term in violent contexts (like in the image below, with the destruction caused by a separatist group).

Take a look at the word in print:

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This Police Chief is Using His Office to Promote Christianity and the Proof is Everywhere

How often should your professional life and your personal faith overlap? Maybe you think the two should never intersect at all. Maybe you think there’s some space where the two could meet.

Either way, I hope we can all agree that Birmingham, Alabama Police Chief A. C. Roper has crossed the line many times over. Roper has been a law enforcement agent for nearly three decades and he’s held the top post for seven years.

At the same time, he’s been working on a side project called Prayer Force United, “an organization of pastors, city leaders and intercessors from local churches providing a covering of prayer over the city of Birmingham.”

That alone wouldn’t be a problem. You can be a government official who also serves as a religious leader on the side. The problem is that Roper can’t tell the difference between the two worlds and he makes it sound like they’re the same organization.

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Green Bay Mayor Invites Pope Francis to His City, Signing Letter ‘Your Servant in Christ’

If you’re a mayor, here’s a simple rule: Never use this as your salutation:

But “your servant in Christ” are the words Green Bay, Wisconsin Mayor Jim Schmitt used in a letter attempting to get the Pope to visit his city:

With this letter, it is my deep and personal honor to extend an invitation to you, The Sovereign Pontiff, His Holiness Pope Francis. During your visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families in 2015, I invite you to extend your visit to the greater Green Bay community and make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.

The Blessed Virgin is an expression of the important bonds of family through the joining of herself with her maternal spirit to His sacrifice. We as a community are filled with a generous heart for having this connection to the Virgin Mary.


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Cuyahoga Falls City Council Prays ‘In Jesus’ Name’ At Meetings

If you’re a member of a City Council, how do you not understand this by now? If you’re giving an invocation prayer, it must be non-denominational; you can’t pray to Jesus when you’re supposed to represent everybody. Hell, the Supreme Court is about to rule on this exact matter very soon.

I guess no one on the Cuyahoga Falls City Council in Ohio got the memo. Ever since Councilman Terry Mader became the council’s chaplain in January, his invocation prayers have all ended with the words, “In Jesus’ name, we pray.”

On Monday, local residents did their best to protect their city from a lawsuit:

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