Month: March 2017

Another Organization Wants to Place Monument in Veterans Park

by Dan Ruud Belle Plaine Herald Belle Plaine City Administrator Michael Votka said the city recently received an application from a Massachusetts-based organization called Reason Alliance, Ltd. to place a monument at Veterans Park in Belle Plaine. Reason Alliance, Ltd. was formed in 2014 by directors Malcolm Jarry and Douglas Mesner, founders of The Satanic Temple (TST). The nonprofit “was set up to encourage reason and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, promote justice and advocate pragmatic commonsense. We support activities that promote these core values.” According to Wikipedia, “the Satanic Temple does not believe in a supernatural Satan, as they...

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Satanic ritual abuse back in the news, only now these claims are being met with skepticism

By George Conger Get Religion Satanic ritual abuse is back in the news, but this time around the press is doing a much better job in reporting on allegations that secret covens of satanists are abusing and murdering children in America and Britain. Beginning with the McMartin preschool case in 1984, when KABC trumpeted the news that the operators of a Manhattan Beach nursery school had ritually abused several dozen children, much of the media accepted without question fantastic claims brought by police, parents and prosecutors. But by the early 1990s when the the courts began tossing out convictions...

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Satanic Ritual Abuse Is Back In The News, But Now Met With Skepticism

By George Conger The Media Project Satanic ritual abuse is back in the news, but this time around the press is doing a much better job in reporting on allegations that secret covens of satanists are abusing and murdering children in America and Britain. Beginning with the McMartin preschool case in 1984 when KABC trumpeted the news that the operators of a Manhattan Beach nursery school had ritually abused several dozen children, much of the media accepted without question fantastic claims brought by police, parents and prosecutors. But by the early 1990s when the courts began tossing out convictions...

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How ‘One Nation’ Didn’t Become ‘Under God’ Until The ’50s Religious Revival

Heard on Fresh Air NPR The words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase “In God we trust” on the back of a dollar bill haven’t been there as long as most Americans might think. Those references were inserted in the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration, the same decade that the National Prayer Breakfast was launched, according to writer Kevin Kruse. His new book is One Nation Under God. In the original Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy made no mention of God, Kruse says. Bellamy was Christian socialist, a Baptist who believed in the separation of...

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Arizona Legislature approves controversial abortion bill

By Alia Beard Rau AZ Central Due to Arizona’s definition of abortion, the bill would apply not only to what most consider a traditional elective-medication or surgical abortion, but also to any instance in which something is done to cause the early delivery of a baby when the baby is not expected to live. This would include mothers who are induced early because of a fatal fetal anomaly or because something has gone wrong with the fetus or the pregnancy. Under current law, if a baby is “delivered alive” during an abortion, it is the duty of any doctors...

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