Portland Public School Choirs Were Told To Sing “Sacred” Music at Catholic Shrine

For a couple of weeks now, there’s been a lot of chatter in Oregon because students in the Portland Public Schools will no longer perform at The Grotto during the Catholic shrine’s Festival of Lights this December. The longtime tradition is coming to an end after the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out that the Grotto is a religious venue.

A Change.org petition claims that FFRF overstepped its bounds here because the Grotto was “never a Catholic tradition, it wasn’t a religious tradition, it was a performance tradition.”

But there’s even more evidence now that the Grotto was clearly not a secular venue.

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CBS is Developing a Sitcom All About Taking the Bible Literally

Several years ago, author A. J. Jacobs wrote a hilarious book called The Year of Living Biblically, in which he tried to follow every rule in the Bible as literally as possible (without killing anyone).

It’s taken a while, but the premise of that book is now being used to develop a sitcom.

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Religious Right Angry After U.S. Justice Dept. Partners with Hate Group Watchdog

Last week, the Department of Justice announced a new plan to combat domestic terrorism with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Most of us are probably familiar with the SPLC because of their tracking of “hate groups,” so the alliance makes sense here. The SPLC knows quite a bit about which groups have violent tendencies.

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In Pastor’s Voting Guide, Even Mike Huckabee Isn’t Christian Enough to Get a Perfect Score

If you’re not sure who to vote for next year, don’t worry. Rev. Steven Andrew has you covered with his American Christian Voting Guide:

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All 17 Candidates for a North Carolina School Board Want Illegal Prayers at Meetings

There are 17 candidates running for 5 spots on the Cleveland County Board of Education in North Carolina, and they all took part in a forum last night so the public could get to know them a little better.

While most of the questions were randomly given to individual candidates, all 17 of them were asked whether they wanted prayer at school board meetings. (Because that’s really what matters.)

Just to be clear, praying at school board meetings is illegal. It’s not like a city council where there can be a rotating cast of invocation speakers. So this was a dumb question to begin with.

But they asked it. So how did the candidates respond?

Every single one of them said yes. Some of them said they wanted to make sure it was legal first, but they all wanted it. Here’s just a sampling of their responses:

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