Jackson (Mississippi) Mayor Tony Yarber Has a Solution to the City’s Pothole Problem: Prayer

Usually, when someone in Mississippi says prayer will fix a problem, it’s easy for me (an atheist who doesn’t live there) to shrug it off. It’s the South, after all. Hardly a surprise. That was my first reaction when I saw this tweet:

Everyone take a moment to facepalm at Tony Yarber, who thinks prayer can fix potholes.

Now be afraid. Be very afraid. Because Tony Yarber is the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

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Pastor Lashes Out at City Council Member for Saying Churches Shouldn’t Be Used as Polling Places

If you’ve ever voted, there’s a chance you may have done so at a local church. That’s not automatically a problem, but it easily could be if there are not-so-subtle messages there encouraging you to vote a certain way, like signs opposing abortion rights or gay marriage.

That’s why I appreciate what Janesville (Wisconsin) City Council member Sam Liebert (below) said at a recent meeting. He urged his colleagues to find a polling location that honored the notion of church/state separation.

That angered one local pastor, Rev. Michael Jackson (go ahead and get it out of your system now), who sent Liebert a nasty letter accusing him of persecuting Christians, adding that he’s “the one member of the council who should have been most sensitive to the issue of discrimination.” Because, you know, black people.

Liebert wasn’t having any of it:

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Even Locals Are Mad at California School Board Member Who Ranted Against Gay Marriage at Meeting

When a school board is sued over for illegally praying to Jesus at meetings, you’d think a lot of local Christians would be thrilled about it. They’ll say prayer is good, and any church/state separation group that opposes it is simply trying to persecute Christians.

We rarely see community members speak out against what the board is doing.

But that’s slowly changing in the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California). The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sued the Board for its promotion of religion, but it looks like locals are coming around to FFRF’s side… or at least they’re admitting the Board has crossed a line. Much of that stems from a July meeting when Vice President Andrew Cruz whined about marriage equality, invoked the Confederate Flag, argued that racism was over, complained about California’s recent mandatory vaccination laws… and basically did nothing that would help students.



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Only Five Politicians Got a Perfect Score on the Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Report Card

Only 5 members of Congress — all Democrats in the House — received an “A” grade on the Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Congressional Report Card.

First, the U.S. House of Representatives:

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Donald Trump is Slowly Dismantling the Religious Right

Sarah Posner, writing for Religion Dispatches, explains how Donald Trump is creating a rift within the Religious Right:



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