I Had No Idea I Was Capable of Such Savagery

Last week, I posted about a resolution passed by the Winfield City Council in Alabama — suggested and endorsed by Mayor Randy Price (below) — which declared Winfield a “City Under God” with God as the city’s “owner.”

Price wasn’t happy with the fact that I drew a lot of attention to his illegal action.

I’m not surprised that conservative Christians would want this sort of resolution to go under the radar so they don’t have to answer to the media or non-Christian constituents, but I had no idea they’d accuse me of torturing and killing someone.

Enter Jennifer LeClaire of Charisma News:

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Kentucky Legislator Quietly Introduces Bill Banning Trans Students From Using Correct Bathrooms

A Kentucky legislator has proposed a bill that would single out, marginalize, and humiliate transgender students who use school bathrooms — and with practically no media fanfare.

On January 9, Republican Senator C.B. Embry Jr. (below) introduced the Kentucky Student Privacy Act (SB 76), which would force transgender students in public schools to use the bathrooms that correspond with their sex assigned at birth.

Here’s the bill overview:

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Reason Editor to Governor Bobby Jindal: If We Are to Avoid “Endless Turmoil,” Promoting Jesus Is the Wrong Plan

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been widely viewed as a viable presidential contender in the Republican Party for years. A moderate who has pushed for the availability of no-prescription birth control, and who has exhorted the GOP to stop being “the stupid party,” Jindal may yet prove to appeal to constituencies far beyond the Republican core of conservative angry white men.

One plus point for the secular-minded is that the governor, though a Catholic, was never much of a Bible thumper — until a few years ago. Over time, Jindal has started to get adamant that it’s time to “turn back to God,” and he has no qualms about seeing Christianity as a policy tool, going so far as to lead a prayer rally in his official capacity as governor, in violation of America’s church-state separation. He’s on record as saying,

Our nation is faced with fatherless homes, an epidemic of drugs and crime in our inner cities, a saturation of pornography, abortion, racism — Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope. We need Spiritual Transformation.

It’s hard to tell whether he’s just pandering to Huckabee Christians or if this is truly Jindal’s heartfelt belief, but it’s a risky and annoying move either way, says Nick Gillespie, the editor of the digital version of Reason magazine.

No, it’s not time to “turn back to God,” especially when it comes to politics and public policy. What ails the government is not a deficit of religiosity but a nearly complete failure to deal with practical issues of spending versus revenue, creating a simple and fair tax system, reforming entitlements, and getting real about the limits of America’s ability to control every corner of the globe. God has nothing to do with any of that. The fault lies not in our stars but in policies.

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Meanwhile, in Pakistan…

A memorial service for the Kouachi brothers.

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After Satanists Planned to Give Away Coloring Books, Florida School Board Halts Religious Distributions Entirely

In January of 2013, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County, Florida. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted:

This alone could have been illegal, but the Orange County School Board agreed that non-Christian groups could also have a distribution if they wanted.

When the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) called their bluff and planned their own giveaway, they were heavily censored. Many of their books, they were told, could not be given away, including titles such as Sam HarrisLetter to a Christian Nation and Ibn Warraq‘s Why I am Not a Muslim.

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