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DesRochers: Lexington’s gay history is my history

For the 4th of July, reporter Daniel DesRochers wrote a column on the treatment of the LGBTQ community by the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Kentucky. “Lexington’s gay history is my history – it created the freedoms and liberties I enjoy,” said DesRochers. “With a split decision on September 25, 1992, the [Kentucky Supreme Court] decriminalized homosexuality …

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Trump’s Fourth of July speech inserts politics and protests into national celebration

Fourth of July celebrations in Washington usually bring Democrats and Republicans together to mark the national holiday while taking a break from partisan politics. Not this year. With tanks on the streets of the nation’s capital, military jet flyovers and a presidential address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, President Trump injected his trademark …

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Atheist group says ‘In No God We Trust’ banners vandalized in downtown Fort Worth

At least four banners hung downtown earlier this week that advertise an upcoming seminar to be held by an atheist nonprofit group have been damaged with cuts, the organization said. Sixty-six banners were suspended from lamp posts, and others were produced in case they were needed as replacements because of vandalism, said Terry McDonald, director-treasurer …

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Alabama governor signs law allowing church to have its own police force

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a bill into law to allow a Presbyterian church to have its own police force. The law approved during the most recent legislative session gives Briarwood Presbyterian Church and its private school on the same campus the ability to hire private police officers who can make arrests if crimes …

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Burton: Democratic candidates are hiring faith outreach directors

Columnist Tara Isabella Burton writes that Democratic Presidential Candidates are hiring faith outreach and engagement staff, highlighting efforts to court the “religious left.” “By appealing to people of faith — especially faithful people of color, members of historically black Protestant denominations and Hispanic Catholics, both of whom have voted in lower proportions than white evangelicals …

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Wexler: 6 things I wish people understood about atheism in America

In an attempt to shine light on the atheist community in America, Boston University Law Professor Jay Wexler took to Vox to share his experience of growing up as an atheist. “Although I have an affinity for Asian religions like Buddhism and Taoism and even have a master’s degree in religious studies from a divinity …

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Supreme Court rejects case to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from US currency

The Supreme Court rejected an atheist case Monday to remove “In God We Trust,” the national motto, from all coins and currency from the Department of Treasury. Michael Newdow, the same activist attorney who tried to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, lost his case, arguing Congress’ mandate to inscribe “In God We …

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