Ohio Christian University, Whose President’s on the State School Board, Gets Taxpayer Money to Teach ‘Biblical Truth’

If you’re a high school student in Ohio, you may be enrolled in a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program where you can take courses that’ll earn you college credit (similar to Advanced Placement classes).

But there are rules about the kinds of classes that are offered under this program:

Public and nonpublic high school students may enroll in nonsectarian, college-level courses and receive college credit and/or credit toward graduation from high school.

So let’s say you’re a college willing to take on some high school students. The publicly-funded school districts will help reimburse the cost of tuition. Good deal!

That brings us to the shenanigans taking place at Ohio Christian University, exposed by Carol Biliczky of the Akron Beacon Journal.



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In U.S., (Non-)Religiosity and Political Preference Are Heavily Linked. That’s Terrible News For the GOP.

The team at the Washington Post had a clever idea when looking at the Gallup numbers that came out a week ago.

… Gallup released a 50-state study of the most and least religious states in the country. We took the data … and overlaid it with the 2012 presidential election results. Here‘s what we found. The 19 most religious states — ranked by Gallup as those who identify as “very religious” — all went for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2012.



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Finally, a New Kind of Debate About ‘Under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance

In Utah, just as we saw in New York, state legislators are introducing a resolution to recognize the 60th anniversary of “under God” being added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

But Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 didn’t come without a discussion about a lesser-known controversy involving the phrase:

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, rose to support the legislation but only after another senator, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, observed that Valentine’s cadence of reciting the pledge each day in the Senate was different from the other lawmakers.

Weiler said he has found that Valentine does not pause when stating “under God” in the pledge like many traditionally do. He said he felt that all members in the Senate should follow Valentine’s lead.

“There is no comma,” Valentine said. “We are one nation under God. We are not multiple nations, not multiple parts, but one nation under God.”



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15 Years Ago, the Intelligent Design Movement’s ‘Wedge Document’ Was Exposed

On February 5, 1999, the Wedge Document was first uploaded online for the world to see. The document, produced by the Discovery Institute, explained the “master plan” of the Intelligent Design movement:

Here, for example, were their five year goals:

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South Dakota Bill That Would Have Allowed Teachers to Promote Intelligent Design in School is Killed by Its Sponsor

Last week, South Dakota legislators proposed Senate Bill 112, a bill that would allow teachers to preach Intelligent Design despite the fact that it’s essentially synonymous with pushing religion in the classroom:

In short, the law — sponsored by over a dozen Republicans — would make it legal for teachers to push ID without punishment.

However, today, the bill’s main sponsor, Jeff Monroe, said he was scrapping the legislation because, as one reporter put it, “it was badly written”:

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