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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 15:24:00

Location selected for 10 Commandments monument on Capitol grounds, Baphomet monument still undecided

A meeting of a subcommittee of the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission was held today, with the three-member group asking questions about materials and construction of the 10 Commandments Monument and the Baphomet statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. A proposed site was selected for the 10 Commandments Monument, but an official with the Church of Satan, after being told their monument couldn't be placed directly beside the 10 Commandments monument as they had requested in their proposal, will be allowed to select their preferred site at a later date.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:28:00

Pope Francis: Donald Trump's platform "not Christian." Trump: When ISIS attacks Vatican, Pope will wish Trump was president.

Pope Francis has sharp words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 13:12:00

Conway woman, a Christian, attracts attention with hijab

Interesting little story in the D-G's River Valley & Ozark edition on Nancy Allen, a librarian from Conway who wears a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women, even though Allen herself is a Christian. Allen tells the paper that she is “supporting the Muslim-American community and freedom of religion."

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:43:00

Catholic bishop offers counsel on Ashley Madison information

Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Catholic Church's Little Rock diocese has published counsel in the Arkansas Catholic about the identification of people as paying customers of the Ashley Madison website that promoted itself as an outlet for people seeking adulterous affairs.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 15:12:00

Secretary of State denies Hindu statue request

The Secretary of State's office has denied a request from the Universal Society of Hinduism to erect a privately funded statue of the Hindu god Hanuman, Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed said in a statement today.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 19:02:00

Osceola will add "In God We Trust" to city vehicles

Osceola will add the words "In God We Trust" to official city vehicles.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 07:09:00

A new flag to fight about — 'Appeal to Heaven'

Those wishing to impose their religion on others through the state have a new rallying point — a Revolutionary War banner with a religious message. A skirmish over the flag has broken out in Arkansas, pitting Sarah Palin against the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 15:50:00

Catholic bishop decries Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling

Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Catholic diocese of Little Rock intervened in the Arkansas lawsuit attempting to end the state ban on same-sex marriage and his side's loss of that case before the U.S. Supreme Court left him with something less than the pope's occasional conciliatory tone where many disagree with church doctrine.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 14:44:00

Southern Baptist prez Ronnie Floyd vows to stand against same-sex marriage

Speaking to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, Northwest Arkansas megachurch pastor Ronnie Floyd, who serves as the president of the SBC, asked members to take a stand against same-sex marriage, saying God has defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:46:00

'Muhammad' caricature billboards by anti-Muslim group appear in Marion County

The Baxter Bulletin has been reporting on billboards that briefly appeared in the tiny Marion County town of Summit, which depict a cartoon of a snarling man who is supposed to be the Prophet Muhammad.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 07:14:00

Arkansas passes an 11 Commandments bill

A Kentucky blogger notes that, as written, the Arkansas Ten Commandments law seems to set out 11 commandments on a planned Capitol monument.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 14:55:00

Bill to place monument to Ten Commandments on the state capitol grounds passes House

A bill that will place a monument to the Biblical Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol has passed the House by a vote of 72-7, with one member voting present. Senate Bill 939, known as "The Ten Commandments Monument Display Act," would allow private citizens to fund the creation of a permanent monument to the Biblical Ten Commandments.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:50:00

eVersity advances; curb on phone use while driving doesn't; rare defeat of religion bill, too

The House Education Committee this morning approved bill that previously passed the Senate to allow the University of Arkansas System to establish an eVersity, a lower cost on-line means to get college courses. It was touted as a boon to rural counties with low college-graduation rates.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 09:36:00

Advocacy group faults bishop's response on abusive priest

A group that works to expose abusive priests says it will demonstrate in Little Rock Saturday because of what it believes is an inadequate response by Arkansas Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor to discovery of an abusive priest in Yell County.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:33:00

Group asks DOJ to investigate Hot Springs shooting range's ban on Muslim customers

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which advocates for the civil rights of Muslims, has asked US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate The Gun Cave, the Hot Springs firing range that announced itself as a "Muslim-free zone" on social media last week.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:34:00

Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:19:00

Catholic Bishop: Yell County priest permanently suspended for 'predatory behavior' against parishioners

A homily delivered by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of the diocese of Little Rock and posted yesterday on the website says that a priest from Dardanelle has been permanently removed from ministry after admitting what Taylor called "multiple acts of sexual misconduct with multiple adult victims."

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 07:14:00

Life in the most religious states in the U.S., such as Arkansas

Edward Levi, a distinguished professor of law at the University of Chicago, has written for the Huffington Post about life in the 10 most religious states in the U.S. — Utah, Oklahoma and eight southern states including Arkansas.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 07:05:00

Free speech means 'Speech I like'

The U.S. Supreme Court's blithe dismissal of the interests of religious minorities in yesterday's case on regular Christian prayer to begin a New York town council meeting prompts this New York Times sidebar on what some people really mean when they claim advocacy for free speech rights.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 15:25:00

Daily Beast: Duggars' 'Biblical Patriarchy' lifestyle not all wholesomeness and light

The Duggars of Northwest Arkansas — they of the bargeload of kids, "Quiverfull" beliefs, and squeaky-clean reality TV show on TLC — get tarred by association in an opinion piece out today from The Daily Beast that examines the cracks in the Biblical Patriarchy movement, which holds that God supports and blesses a specific family structure, with husbands making decisions and wives joyfully obeying.

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