The (First) 7 Problems with the Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum

We learned a couple of weeks ago that Hobby Lobby President Steve Green had developed a Bible curriculum for public schools and that Oklahoma’s Mustang Public Schools board had voted to approve it and become the first district to implement it. The course would focus on the “narrative, history and impact of the Good Book.”

Green had said in a video that he believed the course should be mandatory, though for now, it would be an elective. (To no one’s surprise, Glenn Beck is a full-on supporter of the course.)

There are already such courses in public schools around the country and they’re legal because they don’t treat the Bible as a Holy Book. (Though even that line is crossed far more than it should.) I think most defenders of church/state separation would agree that there’s a lot of value in teaching about the Bible because of the role it plays in literature, culture, and our own history… as long as you follow a simple rule: You can teach the Bible, but you can’t preach the Bible.

That brings us to the big question about what the Oklahoma district is doing: Will Steve Green’s Bible curriculum really be objective?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation requested a copy of the curriculum last November — but they still haven’t gotten ahold of it. However, they did get their hands on the textbook for the course (from an unnamed source). And the biggest surprise may be that the cover isn’t a series of red flags.

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Surprise! Americans Overwhelmingly Want to Keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance

In what may be the most unnecessary poll I’ve seen in a long time, LifeWay Research asked Americans whether or not they prefer to keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and — *gasp*they overwhelmingly said yes:

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Here’s Cringeworthy Video of Four Anti-Gay Christian Leaders Discussing Homosexuality

Earlier this week, I got a bit distracted at night because I heard they were live-streaming the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) conference. Since the ERLC is part of the Southern Baptist Convention… and since they were talking about homosexuality… and since I’m a masochist, I figured: “Okay, I gotta watch this.”

That was a mistake. I spent nearly an hour listening to one bigoted pastor drone on about the problems with homosexuality… and then another hour listening to a large panel of bigots drone on about the problems with homosexuality.

And I think you should watch, too. At least the panel discussion. Why put yourself through that? Because you need to understand how regressive and ignorant the largest Protestant group in America is.

The panel — which includes Greg Belser, Jimmy Scroggins, J.D. Greear, and failed sociologist Mark Regnerus — begins at the 1:21 mark below (that’s in hours:minutes, by the way):

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An Anthropology Professor Confronts Campus Preachers… and They Get the Best of Him

James Boster, a professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, recently crossed paths with preachers on his campus. They were doing their usual schtick about sin, mixed with a dash of Creationism, and Boster couldn’t help himself. He began arguing with them, tried to preach the gospel of Darwin (my words, not his) to students passing by, and basically made himself look like an asshole in the video below:

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A New Blog for Pastors Who Are Secretly Atheists

The Clergy Project — an online home for about 550 current clergy members who secretly don’t believe in God — is embarking on a very exciting new project.

It stems from the fact that we don’t usually hear anything about these secretive members until they’re ready to announce to the world that they don’t believe in God. (Teresa MacBain and Jerry DeWitt are “graduates” of the project.)

That’s about to change. Clergy Project members who are not out to the world yet will now have a chance to share their thoughts in the public square, writing for a new Patheos blog called Rational Doubt:

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