The Problem with the Conservative Christian View on Spanking

In a recent Slate piece, Jillian Keenan wrote about spanking as a sexual act — and how that’s why it shouldn’t be used as punishment:



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Alabama Superintendent Sends Godly Messages to Faculty Members Every Week

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a school district in Alabama violated the First Amendment by promoting Christianity. But your eyebrow might go up a bit when you hear just how much Superintendent Randy Wilkes (below) played a role in the process.

Wilkes was just hired over the summer to run the Phenix City Public Schools. (That’s not a typo. It’s just Alabama.)

Every week, he sends an inspirational email to all faculty members. Not only are they extremely incoherent, they all include biblical/godly references. (Which is especially ironic since the high school’s mascot is the Red Devil.)

Check out this recent email:

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Why the “Atheist Positivity Challenge” is Wildly Misguided

In an article on Salon, Steve Neumann suggests that atheists spend too much time “gloating about the lunacy and misdeeds of specific Christians.” In an effort to halt this “unnecessary” and “counterproductive” behavior, and to “rehabilitate the reputation of atheism in America,” he has issued what he calls the Atheist Positivity Challenge (APC):

refrain from posting disparaging commentary about Christian newsmakers on Facebook and other social media sites — including blogs — for one month.



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An Atheist Will Deliver the Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama (!) Later This Week

Back in June, we learned that the City Council in Huntsville, Alabama had invited Blake Kirk to deliver an upcoming invocation, only to rescind that offer after learning that he was a Wiccan. They cited “community fears” as the reason for his rejection.

Some readers wrote emails to council members in response, and the general consensus among those members was that they had no idea why this happened. The selection of invocation speakers, they said, was done by Rev. Frank Broyles, a local interfaith leader who coordinated the invocation calendar.

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After Atheist’s (Second) Impassioned Plea Against “In God We Trust” Signs, Ballwin Officials Reject Them in 6-2 Vote

Remember how the Ballwin Board of Aldermen in Missouri were thinking about putting up “In God We Trust” displays on all city-owned buildings? The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to make that happen.

A couple of weeks ago, at a Board meeting, atheist Nikki Moungo urged the aldermen to reconsider the idea with an impassioned speech. At the end of it, she even offered to give the alderman $1,000 if they’d put up signs reading “E pluribus unum” instead.



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