Tag Archives: Religion

BILL CRAWFORD — Religion bill a sign of the times

March 3, 2014

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“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in “The Crisis” on December 23, 1776. He was recruiting citizens to fight for the Creator-endowed unalienable rights of all men to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence. Just over 12 years later, on March 4, […]

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Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’

August 12, 2013

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NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and ‘‘that one person is Jesus Christ.’’ Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY). The boy’s parents were in court […]

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Holidays and Holy Days

December 21, 2010

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By Stephen McDill While attending a recent press conference at the Mississippi State Capitol, an MBJ reporter and accompanying photographer noticed something very subtle. Just steps away from the first floor security desk sat a small, plain Nativity. For the religiously uninitiated, the Nativity is your standard Christmas lawn decoration consisting of Mary and Joseph […]

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