North Carolina Official Who Told Non-Christian Invocation Speakers to “Stay the Hell Away” Backtracks on Comments

This is Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem (below), last week, talking about invocations delivered by non-Christians:

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Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling

I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled earlier this month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

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South Carolina Governor Calls on Pastors Across the State to Join Her for a Christian Revival

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (below) recently sent a letter to pastors across the state inviting them to attend “The Response,” a prayer rally taking place on June 13. (Similar events have been promoted in the past by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.)

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Catholic League Whines About Louis CK’s Controversial SNL Monologue: “He Has Child Rape on His Mind”

If you saw Saturday Night Live‘s season finale over the weekend, you saw comedian Louis CK deliver another edgy monologue. Last year, when he hosted, he talked about God as an abusive husband. This weekend, he talked about how child molesters must *really* enjoy “molesting childs” if they’re willing to risk such a severe punishment for the crime.

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Yes, Christianity is Dying, and Conservative Leaders Are Avoiding the Most Obvious Solution

Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of Christian leaders try to spin the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape numbers into something positive… which I’ve said is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The study showed that the percent of Americans who are “unaffiliated” with any religion has jumped from 16.1% in 2007 to 22.8% today. Meanwhile, every major Christian tradition is losing some ground.

In one example, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, claims this is a good thing because Christianity isn’t losing the die-hards… they’re losing the wishy-washy:

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