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BILL CRAWFORD — Covetous politicians, corporations, consumers befoul America

“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 for power not only subverts ...

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Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

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 because they could not agree ...

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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 a child of a different ...

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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 by about two dozen lawmakers, ...

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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 of the bill yesterday without ...

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Personhood to announce new amendment today

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 news conference is slated for ...

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School prayer bill makes it out of Senate committee

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 announcements, football games and graduations ...

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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 a heartbeat,'” Republican Bryant said ...

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Study: 'Religious' states give more to charity

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity. The study released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage ...

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Church still defiant as court hears congregation's appeal

HOLLY SPRINGS — A tiny Mississippi congregation is fighting a city’s attempt to ban churches from the town square, a move that the pastor said is aimed at preventing the church from taking up valuable space for shops and other businesses. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case Wednesday. The dispute involves a Holly Springs ...

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