News from the locally produced TV show by televangelist Happy Caldwell. In an interview with Sen. Jason Rapert about the 10 Commandments monument for the Capitol, Rapert says the monument is complete and ready for installation.
He said it could happen in a couple of months. He said the American History and Heritage Foundation, created to raise money for the project, had raised $24,000 — enough for the monument and money left over for continued fund-raisingt to commmission more such monuments elsewhere in Arkansas.
Rapert continues his assertion that this about honoring the foundation of law, not religion. But he also makes it clear that legislative approval is required for monument placement at the Capitol and you get the clear idea that Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, Muslims or whoever wouldn't meet much success in getting approval for their brand of faith.
Several groups have vowed a lawsuit when the installation moves forward — a decision under control of Secretary of State Mark Martin.
Who incorporated the nonprofit foundation? None other than Travis Story, the Fayetteville lawyer who's been leading fights around the state to preserve legal discrimination against gay people. Oh, excuse. To preserve the religious right to not hire, providing housing to or provide services to gay people. And other sinners, presumably.
Tom Courtway, president of the University of Central Arkansas, has invited all on campus to a so-called forum on medical marijuana. Missing from the discussion: Advocates of ballot propositions on the issue. /more/
A full page ad in Sunday's New York Times, signed by 21 religious figures, was styled as a "Declaration of Dependence Upon God and His Holy Bible." Sen. Jason Rapert, who's gone full-time into the preaching business, was a signatory along with the likes of faux historian David Barton, Kenneth Copeland, James Dobson and Creflo Dollar. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert sent me a Tweet early this morning claiming that Facebook had relented and reinstated some anti-Muslim Facebook posts that had been removed for violation of the private social media company's "community standards." True or not, he still doesn't get the U.S. Constitution. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert's anti-Muslim views have won him national attention again. His call to ban entry of Muslims to the U.S. apparently got him taken down on Facebook and the senator is NOT happy about it. /more/
Phyllis Schlafly, mother, attorney and longtime antifeminist, died recently. What Schlafly promoted was not novel or new. Men had been saying that men and women were not equal for years. However, anti-feminism, anti-women language had much more power coming from a woman who professed to be looking out for the good of all women and families. /more/
The Satanic Temple has purchased a former funeral home in Salem, Mass.for an international headquarters and says it "will also house the seven-and-a-half foot tall bronze statue of Baphomet until an offer to donate the statue for presentation on Arkansas State Capitol grounds alongside the Ten Commandments is accepted." /more/
AP reports on feedback the secretary of state's office is receiving via a hotline on proposals to put monuments on the Capitol grounds — specifically a legislatively authorized 10 Commandments monument or the Satanic Temple's idea for a statue of Baphomet. /more/
A petition drive has begun to encourage a demand that Sen. Jason Rapert pay for the legal fees in defending his Ten Commandments monument proposed for the state Capitol grounds. It's more work by the Satanic Temple, which has fought church-state entanglement around the country. /more/
As the Arkansas secretary of state moves closer to a clearance of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds (and a likely lawsuit), other groups are making plans to be heard, such as The Satanic Temple. /more/
It had to happen. Donald Trump's debate interjection that Hillary Clinton was a "nasty woman" has become a battle cry among women; a Twitter meme; a Facebook favorite, and, naturally, a marketing opportunity for T-shirt, button and bumper sticker makers.
It became apparent this morning that at least some money would be spent in opposition to Issue 3, a massive corporate welfare proposal to allow the state to pledge unlimited tax money to private projects and to allow local governments to also give money to private business and chamber of commerce lobbyists, a practice that has been ruled unconstitutional currently.
The National Education Policy Center, a Colorado-based institution that is frequently opposed to the so-called "reform" movement embodied by the Walton-financed Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, has issued its 2014 Bunkum Awards, which include a grand prize to the University of Arkansas for what it believes to be flawed research.
Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
Mary Steenburgen, the Arkansas native actress, has added her voice to those opposing HB 1228, the bill aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people under the pretext of religious freedom. It would create untold other complications for all sorts of government activities to give people a religious excuse to avoid the law.