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The anti-vaxx movement is fueling the measles epidemic by deliberately targeting most affected communities

So far this year, 880 cases of measles have been confirmed across 24 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the greatest number of cases reported in 25 years and since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Despite efforts by health officials to quash misinformation about vaccines, however, the anti-vaxx movement …

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Plan to outfit Bakersfield patrol cars with ‘In God We Trust’ decals will be brought to council

Delano is officially the first city in Kern County, and possibly in the state, to have the national motto “In God We Trust” placed on its patrol cars, but Bakersfield could soon be next. At Wednesday’s city council meeting, Bakersfield pastor Angelo Frazier plans to make a presentation during public comment, proposing Bakersfield follow in …

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When The Trump Administration Enacts New Health Care Religious Freedom Rule, Weiser Will Sue

Colorado will again sue the Trump administration, this time to challenge an impending rule that aims to protect health care workers who object to performing certain services on grounds of religion or conscience. Weiser told Colorado Matters that he’s suing because the new rule is “over broad” and could “hurt patients,” but if the state …

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Satanic Temple Sues State Of Missouri Over Abortion Rights, Experts Say They Could Win

After state trial courts dismissed a case brought against the state of Missouri by a group of Satanists suing the state for its strict abortion laws in 2015, the state Supreme Court recently agreed to take the case, reported U.S. News. The members of the Satanic Temple believe that the strict abortion laws, including requiring …

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Hart-Andersen: Loving thy neighbor means banning gay conversion therapy on kids

Rev. Dr. Timothy Hart-Andersen, a Minneapolis-based pastor, writes that banning conversion therapy for minors is the right thing for the Minnesota legislature to do. “Some of these young people are being forced by desperate parents to undergo a widely discredited practice known as ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy,” writes Hart-Anderson. “Though these practices have been shown …

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Austin school district’s sex ed lessons ready for public preview

Parents soon will get their first glimpses at drafts of the Austin school district’s revised sex education lessons, which for the first time will introduce topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity and sexually transmitted diseases in elementary school. For months, the district has been revamping its Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum, with plans to …

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Franklin Graham’s Bridgeport event draws thousands of believers — and some protesters

The penultimate stop of evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham’s “Decision America” Tour rolled through Seaside Park on Tuesday night, and though police prepared for trouble, the event went off without any major flashpoints. A handful of protesters held signs at the park’s entrance to greet the crowd that flocked there, which a spokesperson for Graham estimated …

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A conservative Christian group is pushing Bible classes in public schools nationwide — and it’s working

Todd Steenbergen leads worship services in church sometimes, but today he was preaching in a different venue: the public-school classroom where he teaches. “A lot of people will look at the Beatitudes and glean some wisdom from them,” he told the roomful of students, pointing toward the famous blessings he had posted on the board, …

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Rapid City students look to expand ‘In God We Trust’ requirement

As Rapid City, South Dakota School Board members prepared to look at early budget numbers on Monday night, they were hit with a surprise. Members of the ‘Working to Initiate Social Equality Club’ (WISE) at Stevens High School came before the school board with an idea. They take issue with a new law requiring the …

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