New York Appoints Commission to Oversee Struggling School District Run by Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Last year, This American Life aired an episode all about how a group of ultra-orthodox Jews took over a public school district in East Ramapo, New York.



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Anti-Gay, Affair-Having Christian Lawmaker Says His Actions Are Just a “Showcase” for God’s Powers

You all know Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser by now because he’s the anti-gay rights legislators who thinks “traditional marriage” means having an affair with also-married colleague Rep. Cindy Gamrat and then distributing a fake email alleging that he fucked a male prostitute in order to throw people off the real story.

It’s what Jesus would have wanted.



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After Removing Biblical Posts on Jonesboro’s 911 Facebook Page, Mayor Rethinks His Decision

Last month, the Facebook page for Jonesboro (Arkansas) 911 posted several items promoting Christianity:



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The War on Christmas Has Already Begun, Declares Fox News Host

I posted earlier about a Nativity Scene battle taking place in Belen, New Mexico. Mayor Jerah Cordova refuses to take down the government-sponsored Christian display because, he says, it’s part of the town’s history and isn’t at all a promotion of religion.

As if that makes any difference.

That didn’t stop Fox & Friends host Elizabeth Hasselbeck from declaring an early start to the annual Fox News-created War on Christmas:



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Anti-Gay Christian Lawmakers in Michigan Will Not Resign Despite Their Affair and Cover-Up

Last week, in the weirdest political sex scandal I’ve heard in a long while, it was revealed that Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser had an affair with the also-married Rep. Cindy Gamrat — both of whom are Christian conservatives fighting for “traditional” marriage. Courser attempted to keep their hookup under wraps by distributing a fake email alleging that he fucked a male prostitute. Because I assume that’s what it says in the GOP playbook somewhere.

It didn’t work. The whole story hit the media. And now there’s a question of what the politicians will do.

Yesterday, Rep. Gamrat issued a public statement (with her husband standing beside her) in which she announced she would not be stepping down.



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