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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
The Wish List Foundation, a Pearl Jam nonprofit fan club that hosts events before every one of the band's concerts and lead singer Eddie Vedder's solo shows, is doing a pre-party fundraiser/raffle/auction at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday before the "Voices for Justice Rally" at Robinson.
Perhaps U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin might want to reconsider his earlier decision not to include Republican Rep. Loy Mauch on the list of Republican candidates he'd asked not to use his campaign contributions, having read some of what they'd written.
One day in September 1957, Bill Floyd traveled by bus to Little Rock for an afternoon doctor's appointment, but arrived early enough in the morning to satisfy his curiosity and witness history. Disembarking, he asked a man on a downtown street corner for directions to Central High School, site of violent protests over the Little Rock School Board's decision to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 order to desegregate public schools.