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Michigan Tea Partiers want to scrap teaching standards — ... pretty much anyone can teach scripture

Source: RawStory

Michigan Tea Partiers want to scrap teaching standards — because pretty much anyone can teach scripture

Tea Party conservative lawmakers in Michigan are looking to eliminate hiring standards for public school teachers – and a Facebook post may reveal their motivation.

State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Larkin Township) introduced legislation Wednesday that literally strikes out all current criteria for hiring qualified teachers and allows school board members to hire anyone whose “education and experience” they believe would benefit students, reported Eclectablog.

House Bill 4394 would also promote the operation of cyber schools taught by anyone school boards wish to hire and that would be exempt from state requirements on student attendance.

Another conservative lawmaker, state Rep. Todd Courser, posted a Facebook rant earlier this week against “top down soviet style” education standards.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/michigan-tea-partiers-want-to-scrap-teaching-standards-because-pretty-much-anyone-can-teach-scripture/

Mississippi judge wields Book of Revelations essays as punishment for underage drinking

Source: RawStory

A Mississippi judge has been offering minors arrested while in possession of alcohol an opportunity to keep the charge off of their permanent record by allowing them to write an essay based upon the Book of Revelations, reports Fox10 TV.

Telling youthful offenders, “If you enter a plea of guilty, it’s on your record,” Harrison County Judge Albert Fountain gives them the option of writing the 1,000-word essay based upon scripture, along with addressing the effects of alcohol in their writing.

“I don’t force them to do that. It’s their choice. That’s just my recommendation. They can write it on anything they want to,” the judge explained, adding that he also takes away their license for 10 days while placing them on a 90-day probation conditional upon good behavior.

“It just felt like I had to do something different,” Fountain said. “There is more to it than just sentencing someone, and I felt I needed to make a difference.”


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/mississippi-judge-wields-book-of-revelations-essays-as-punishment-for-underage-drinking/

Harrison County Judge Albert Fountain (Fox10)

Rand Paul calls for ‘tent revivals’ to resolve the ‘moral crisis’ of gay marriage

Source: RawStory

In a video clip carried by the Christian Broadcasting Network, potential 2016 GOP presidential nominee and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) took up what he called the “moral crisis’ afflicting the country, suggesting that the U.S. needs a series of “tent revivals” to get back on the proper path.

In the video, uploaded by Right Wing Watch, Paul dismissed the idea of the federal government’s involvement in the same-sex marriage debate, saying, “Don’t look to Washington to solve anything.”

“The moral crisis we have in our country — there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage — there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think there would be some other sort of marriage, ” he explained. “I think the exhortation to try and change people’s thoughts has to come from the countryside.”

The libertarian lawmaker then took a slightly religious turn, saying “You know, I’ve said this before, we need a revival in the country. We need another great awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, you know,’reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform’.”


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/rand-paul-calls-for-tent-revivals-to-resolve-the-moral-crisis-of-gay-marriage/

New chain of Willie Nelson marijuana stores to open within a year

Source: The Guardian

th marijuana becoming legal in an increasing number of US states, long time weed advocate Willie Nelson is to launch is own brand of the drug, as well as stores to sell it.

The 81-year-old country legend let slip his plans to launch his Willie’s Reserve brand while talking to the Daily Beast , which followed up by interviewing the infant brand’s spokesperson, pot lobbyist Michael Bowman.

“Right now we’ll focus on the states where legalisation has occurred, and as new states open up, those opportunities will present themselves on a state-by-state basis,” Bowman said, adding that “there will be movement” within the next year on opening the store.

“This is a culmination of Willie’s vision, and his whole life,” Bowman said. “I’m not sure any of us could have predicted how fast the dominoes would start falling once they started falling (in terms of legalisation).”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/new-chain-of-willie-nelson-marijuana-stores-to-open-within-a-year/

Conservatives Seek a Candidate to Counter Bush

“Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast,” the New York Times reports.

“In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.”

Amy Walter: Consensus conservative in 2016?



Bush Tops GOP Field in New Hampshire

Source: PoliticalWire

A new Suffolk University poll in New Hampshire finds Jeb Bush leading the GOP presidential field with 19%, followed by Scott Walker at 14%, Rand Paul at 7%, Donald Trump at 6%, Ted Cruz at 5% and Chris Christie at 5%.


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Millions Wanted to Vote But Couldn’t

Source: PoliticalWire

New research finds that many more people wanted to vote in the 2012 presidential election but couldn’t register.

Alex Street: “We estimate that keeping registration open through Election Day in 2012 would have allowed an additional 3 million to 4 million Americans to register and vote. We used the number of Google searches for ‘register to vote’ in the weeks leading up to the 2012 election to measure late interest in registering. These search terms were entered millions of times, and much of the activity fell at the very end of the campaign period.”


Read more: http://p.feedblitz.com/r3.asp?l=103546145&f=17571&u=37190363&c=4917408

Arizona Tea Party senator: Church service should be mandatory to push ‘moral rebirth’

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) derailed a discussion on gun legislation by expressing her support for mandatory church attendance nationwide, KPHO-TV reported.

“Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” Allen said during a Senate subcommittee meeting on Tuesday.

According to the Arizona Capitol Times, the bill in question involved allowing licensed concealed-carry weapons owners to bring their firearms into public buildings. The Tea Party senator said she did not understand the measure before offering her opinion on the country’s “moral erosion.”

Allen’s comment was posted online by state Sen. Steve Farley (D).

“Even if you believe that would stem the moral decay, I think the Constitution makes it very clear that our country is founded on the pillar of separation of church and state,” he said.


Angry listeners lash out at country stations for promoting the ‘gay agenda’ with ‘Girl Crush’ song

Cuntry music radio stations have placed Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” into low rotation after listeners complained that the song is “promoting the gay agenda,” Al.com’s Debbie Lord reports.

The song is written from the perspective of a woman who envies of her ex-boyfriend’s new lover. “I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild sings. “I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much — I got a girl crush.”

According to “TexMex,” a music director for a country radio station in Texas, the first time the song was played, his station was deluged with complaints about its “‘obvious’ lesbian meaning.”

He admitted to be baffled by the response. “Did you listen to the song all the way through? Do you not like songs about women being jealous of a mistress?” he asked. “This is the foundation of female country music subjects most of the time.”

In an interview with Vevo, Fairchild’s band mate, Kimberly Schlapman agreed, saying “this woman is just looking at the woman her man left her for and wondering, ‘What does she have that I don’t have? What am I missing? What is it that she’s giving you that I can’t give you?’”


Ted Cruz says religious conservatives have given up too much power to non-Christians

Source: RawStory

n. Ted Cruz (R-TX) assured conservative Christian voters he speaks their language in a sanctimonious interview with a religious broadcaster.

The newly announced GOP presidential candidate told David Brody, of the Christian Broadcasting Network, that religious conservatives must take back their political dominance, reported Right Wing Watch.

“This country remains a country, I believe, grounded in values, grounded in faith, but far too many Christians have ceded the public arena to people who aren’t believers,” Cruz said.

He suggested that Christians were a marginalized group by invoking the name of the biblical heroine Esther, whose story has served as a model of empowerment for Jews, women, and black Americans.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/ted-cruz-says-religious-conservatives-have-given-up-too-much-power-to-non-christians/
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