Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Lawmakers go home after hammering out budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session last night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1. During the three-month session, they passed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive. They funded a training school for a new group […] [...]

Legislators approve final version of religious practices bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers yesterday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups. An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one that Arizona’s […] [...]

Controversial religious freedom bill not dead yet

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want to study a much-disputed religious practices bill, keeping it alive for possible further action. The House passed Senate Bill 2681 by an 80-37 vote yesterday after it had been amended to call for a study panel of the combined House and Senate Judiciary committees. An amendment that inserts the […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Covetous politicians, corporations, consumers befoul America

by Bill Crawford Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Bible, Business, darwin, material things, Mississippi, money, power, religion, Republican party, sex

“You shall not covet” says the commandment. But, my observation is that such selfish desires of the body, mind, and soul befoul American culture today. We covet power, money, sex, material things, and undisciplined freedom. Dictionary.com defines “covet” as “to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others.” Covetous politicians’ desire […] [...]

ACLU chapter: School prayer can make students feel like outsiders

JACKSON — The ACLU of Mississippi says it supports constitutionally protected, voluntary student-led prayer in school for students who want to pray. What ACLU-MS does not support, it reports in a release, is “any policy or practice that violates the Constitution.” This includes the practice of schools promoting one religious belief over another, “therefore making […] [...]

ACLU could sue over state’s new school prayer law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties Union said the measure, which becomes law July 1, is likely to prompt a lawsuit in the school year that begins in August. Republican Bryant was joined […] [...]

Bill legalizing school prayer sent to governor’s desk

JACKSON — The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that could legalize student prayer before school audiences. Senate Bill 2633 is also meant to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public schools, ensuring students can talk about spiritual beliefs and not be deprived of their rights. The House voted 108-6 for final passage […] [...]

Personhood to announce new amendment today

by MBJ Staff Published: March 5,2013

Tags: abortion, amendment, baby, birth, legislation, legislative, legisllature, news conference, pro-life, religion

JACKSON — Personhood Mississippi will hold a telephone news conference today to announce the filing of a new personhood amendment. The announcement was made in a news release from Personhood USA. The amendment will be filed by a new sponsor and is worded differently than the 2011 personhood amendment, according to the release. The telephonic […] [...]

School prayer bill makes it out of Senate committee

by Associated Press Published: February 6,2013

Tags: bill, education, law, lawmaker, legislation, legislative, legislator, prayer, public school, religion, school, state government

JACKSON — The Senate Education Committee has approved a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups. Senate Bill 2633, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Elllisville, was approved by the committee yesterday. A similar bill is pending in the House. It suggests naming events including morning […] [...]

Governor reiterates his anti-abortion position

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant told several dozen pastors and other abortion proponents yesterday that he supports a bill that would ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It’s similar to a bill that was filed and killed by a Senate chairman last year. “It would tell that mother, ‘Your child has […] [...]

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