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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 10:15:00

Science bests religion in Texas textbook battle; decision trickles down to Arkansas

Texas Monthly reports that, after years of control by religionists, the Texas science textbook battle has been won by scientists. This is a development that has implications in Arkansas,

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:32:00

ACLU warns North Little Rock School District about creationism teaching

The ACLU's Arkansas affiliate has sent a warning to the North Little Rock School District about teaching of creationism in public school classes. It wants a response in 10 days showing the district has corrected the practice.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 09:06:00

Arkansas Catholic delves into fracking debate and activism by priest, nuns

More public policy information in Arkansas Catholic. a five-article package of coverage of fracking — the exploration for oil and gas through hydraulic fracturing.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 07:33:00

The religion of modern politics: Republicans preach to conservative Protestant base

Charles Blow of the New York Times looks askance at a growing gap in the ranks of Republican and Democratic voters.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 09:37:00

Baxter County nativity scene coming down — as is customary

I wrote yesterday about a humanist group's letter objecting to the Nativity scene on the Baxter County courthouse lawn, a tradition of some 40 years.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 10:11:00

The progressive Pope

Yet another encouraging sign from Pope Francis. His latest exhortation is a takedown of unfettered capitalism.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 15:31:00

Mount St. Mary staff hears church defense of termination of teacher

Msgr. Francis I. Malone, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church and judicial vicar and chancellor for ecclesial affairs of the Catholic Church's Diocese of Little Rock

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:04:00

Tuesday night line: Amazing Grace and ice cream

The line is open. Finishing up:

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 06:53:00

Hobby Lobby: No room for Hanukkah

A Jewish blogger has set off national attention to the absence of Jewish-related items in Hobby Lobby, the craft chain owned by an ardent Christian who's sued to avoid providing contraceptive coverage under his company health insurance plan.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 07:24:00

Let us pray: Just not in government meetings

My thanks to the Baptist Joint Committee, a venerable and unyielding defender of the notion that church and state should be separated, for news of a pending U.S. Supreme Court argument that could have some impact in Arkansas, depending.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 07:22:00

God is the Ouachita sheriff's co-pilot

A reader notes the rear window decal that adorns the Ouachita County sheriff's fleet. I'm aware of a long-simmering movement to plaster the national motto (itself a 1950s response to godless communism) on public buildings), but this is my first occasion to see it on moving public property.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:58:00

New pope not like the old pope

Last time I wrote something nice about the new pope many of my fellow travelers thought soft words were misplaced.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:21:00

Jazz by Kirk Whalum on the grounds to mark Bethel AME's 150th anniversary

Sharon Jones wrote to ask if I'd provide some publicity on a big free event Sunday, Sept. 8 at Bethel AME Church at 815 W. 16th Street.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 17:26:00

The Promise Keeping open line

Another steamy Sunday as another summer draws to a close. Finishing up:

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Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 07:17:00

Freedom from Religion Foundation objects to church service today for Bryant High football team

From the Bryant Hornet Facebook page: Invitation from Coach Paul Calley: The Bryant Hornet Football Team Worship is this Sunday, Aug 25th at Otter Creek Assembly of God, 10:30 am kickoff.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:56:00

Bryant private school arms staff

Channel 4 reports on the Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, which has announced that anywhere from 1 to 7 of its staff members are armed every day at the school, affiliated with the Family Church.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 06:45:25

The pope and gay people

Have the media made too much of Pope Francis' recent off-the-cuff remarks about gay people.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 08:56:23

Pope Francis: 'who am I to judge' gay people?

Count me among those encouraged by Pope Francis. Social justice jumps to the fore.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 16:09:00

The open line — spanking wives for Jesus

Well, back in Little Rock for one full day. Here's my return open line, including: * SPANKING FOR JESUS: I ignored the news that the wacky Pat Robertson had endorsed spanking disobedient wives, citing the familiar Biblical support for wifely submission to their husbands.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 05:59:00

Gravel Ridge church revokes Boy Scout charter

There'll be many more of these, no doubt. But hat tip to the First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge for being first in the race to local news media to trumpet their forsaking of Boy Scout troop sponsorship because of the national organization's decision to allow gay members.

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