My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.
Following the leads of Jenny McCarthy, Mayim Bialik, and Kristin Cavallari, actress Alicia Silverstone (you remember her from Clueless) is jumping onboard the train of ignorant mothers who eschew vaccinations for their kids because they think they know better than the scientists.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and State Senator Katrina Shealy are both Republicans, which may explain a Facebook spat they’ve been having over Haley’s 2011 pick to lead the Department of Social Services, Lillian Koller.
Koller has been in the spotlight lately because lawmakers are investigating the DSS in light of stories of child abuse and neglect. Koller told a Senate committee yesterday that the DSS was doing everything in its power to fix the problem, though many of the politicians weren’t satisfied with her answers.
That’s what we should be focusing on, anyway, but the spat between Haley and Shealy began yesterday when Haley took to Facebook to show her support of Koller:
Pismo Beach City Council Settles Lawsuit by Stopping Sectarian Prayers at Meetings & Abolishing Chaplain Position
Since 2008, Pismo Beach City Council in California has had explicitly Christian invocation prayers at meetings. In fact, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against them last year, sectarian prayers had been a part of 125 of the previous 126 meetings. The only exception involved the city’s Chaplain Paul Jones reciting the religious Pledge of Allegiance.
This wasn’t just a frivolous matter. Remember: The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the issue of sectarian prayers at city council meetings — that’s how serious it is. The Pismo council members may have gotten away with it if they stuck to a generic “God,” but their goal was to promote Jesus at all costs. (It didn’t help that some of the prayers included David Barton-esque historical revisionism.)