Newly-Named “Lebanon High School” Upsets Texas Parents Who Say It Isn’t Very Patriotic

Parents in Frisco, Texas have discovered something rather mortifying about the new high school being built: its name.

The district has picked (for now, at least) the name of “Lebanon High School,” but some local parents find that very troubling:



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Mitt Romney’s New White House Bid, If Any, Will Be Heavy on His Mormon Faith

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is either channeling his inner Latter-Day-Saint or listening to political advisers who are betting that a heavier dose of Mormonism will wow the American electorate in 2016.

In a speech … Friday night, Mitt Romney reminded the world that he’s a Mormon — and made clear that it would be a key part of his presidential campaign if he does decide to run for a third time.

What an excellent strategy to overcome the accusation that Romney, as a politician on the national stage, is fatally tone-deaf. </sarcasm>

Romney put his faith, something he rarely spoke about or demonstrated on the 2012 or 2008 campaign trail, front and center while addressing Republican National Committee members aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, saying that those closest to him, including his wife Ann, know him not only as a businessman and politician but as a devoted leader in the Mormon church.

“For over ten years, as you know I served as a pastor for a congregation and for groups of congregations. And so she’s seen me work with people who are very poor, to get them help and subsistence. She’s seen me work with folks that are looking for better work and jobs and providing care for the sick and the elderly. She knows where my heart is,” Romney said.



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Despite Impassioned Warning from Board Member, Florida School District Votes to Allow Sectarian Prayers at Meetings

The school board for the School District of Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida has been considering a resolution that would allow for an invocation at the beginning of its meetings. in the wake of Greece v. Galloway, keep in mind that school boards don’t have the flexibility that city councils have when it comes to sectarian prayers at meetings (since impressionable children may be present). The Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them against it for that reason.

At a meeting last week, when this proposal was voted on, board member Claudia Jiménez (below) gave a stirring speech against adopting the proposal. You can hear it in the video below, beginning at the 18:46:54 mark:



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Pastor Terry Jones Is Beset By Customers of His Furniture-Shipping Company Who Haven’t Received Their Possessions

Florida’s Terry Jones is a man of many talents: pastor, Qur’an-burning simpleton, french-fry-stand owner, and, we learn from the Bradenton Herald, the co-proprietor of a shipping company that specializes in transporting antique furniture from seller to online buyer.

The entrepreneurial pastor is currently struggling with more than his share of business setbacks. Considering that Jones is almost literally in al Qaeda’s crosshairs, the mall where he sells his fries made him remove three large photos of himself from the wall of the stand last week; he further had to agree to take his name off the lease and to stay away from the mall for the time being.

Now he’s also in a heap of trouble with his furniture-moving company.

From Philadelphia to Houston, customers of a moving company operated by a controversial pastor are upset. Antique dealers from across the country are sharing their stories of not being able to get answers from the Rev. Terry Jones on whether they will ever get their possessions back.



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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Almost Allowed Discrimination Against Atheists

On a day when we honor a great civil rights leader, it’s important to remember that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nearly included an amendment that would have allowed discrimination against atheists.

Ohio Congressman John Ashbrook (R) wanted to include the following in the bill:

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