Episode 14 – March 13th, 2010

Topics include Missouri town canceling the prom, the Texas Board of Education’s attempt to change history, Westboro Baptist’s attempt to protect their first amendment rights, Repent Amarillo, and unrequested baptisms.


Humanists Prepare to Hold LGBT-Inclusive Prom in Mississippi
Texas Board of Education Cuts Thomas Jefferson Out of Its Textbooks
Supreme Court to Rule On Westboro Protests
Religious Enforcement in Texas
Repent Amarillo
Family Upset With Riley Hospital Over Child’s Baptism

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  2. Andrew Walsh Says:

    Wonderful podcast. A few notes on the issues:

    Prom: A remarkably absurd move of this magnitude certainly isn’t surprising in the state of Mississippi. In an attempt to understand the ideologies of the school board of Itaamba County, I glanced through the board staff on their official website. Per the superintendent, “we all have that passion in our hearts to make sure each student can reach their potential while in the care of ICSD.” Perhaps their definition of “potential” is strictly conformed to what can be accurately fitted to their ideological foundation. This goes to show that whatever work position one may find themselves in, it’s extremely difficult to extirpate an existing bias. Now, this girl is being subjected to a media barrage that could have been easily prevented if the school board had stepped forward and acknowledged this young girl’s emotions, versus their position. I applaud the AHA for putting an alternate event in play.

    Repent Amarillo: While bed-ridden two weeks ago, I recall reading about this particular group. Many will loudly claim that this movement is an extremist movement, and that it shouldn’t be taken seriously from the standpoint of religion as a whole. While I do agree that it’s an extremist group, I disagree that it cannot be juxtaposed to mainstream religion. This is why I hold the opinion that religion can be an extremely dangerous tool, even when used in small portions attempting to promote a positive message. RA consciously believes they are being helpful, and for what? Religion can occasionally cause social blindness; norms become irrelevant, alternate paths are subjected to hostile opinions, et cetera. The less public exposure these people are subjected to throughout their life, the more likely it is you are going to see groups of this nature. Westboro Baptist, for example, runs their show similar to a basement full of poker players. The promotion of education as an essential unit will likely diminish groups of this sort (or even milder forms). Unfortunately in some areas, scripture takes the cake over educational structure.

    Once again, great podcast!

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