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Proposal would designate the Bible as Mississippi state book

Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner, Richard Wright and recent U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. However, some lawmakers say they want to look beyond the secular literary world and designate the Bible as the state book. At least two bills are being filed during this state election year to make the holy book a state symbol. One is from ...

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Report: Mississippi ranks second in U.S. in charitable giving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Chronicle, a leading source of news coverage of the nonprofit world, said in ...

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Group faces challenges in fighting new religious freedom law

JACKSON — A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being ...

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Human Rights Campaign pushing for anti-discrimination law

JACKSON — A national group plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said yesterday that the Washington-based group is spending $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in the three southern states. The three states do not have laws to protect ...

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Groups plan protest of new religious freedom law

JACKSON — At a leafy college campus in north Mississippi and an upscale dinner club in New York, groups are protesting a Mississippi law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in April, and becomes law July 1. The law says government cannot put ...

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Student files contempt motion over school prayer

BRANDON — A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer. The senior at Northwest Rankin High School, represented by the American Humanist Association, filed a contempt motion yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The student says an April 17 districtwide honors program violated the district’s November ...

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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 of state troopers. They gave ...

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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 Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed ...

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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 phrase “In God We Trust” ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Religion bill a sign of the times

“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, 1789, Congress adopted the Bill ...

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