Oh Arkansas, you do surprise me every now and then….

These classes would also be electives; they would not be required curriculum. There are many people who believe that such a class is a good idea, provided that it’s in a non-religious format; a study of the history of the books of the Bible and correlating those to events discussed in other historical texts, perhaps studying different translations and discussing those differences, and other avenues of study that don’t include preaching.

via Arkansas Legislature Wants Academic Study Of The Bible In Public Schools | Addicting Info.

This would be great, if this was a sincere move. The SBL, I believe has something along these lines as an advocacy program.

Wonder if West Virginia would do something like this?

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God bless the Arkansas State Republican Party

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?

The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.

via Arkansas State Rep: ‘If Slavery Were So God-Awful, Why Didn’t Jesus Or Paul Condemn It?’ | ThinkProgress.

So says Jon Hubbard… the latest in pro-Confederate candidates in Arkansas.

Been there… done that….

Charlie Fuqua – Oh the things I’d like to do with that name…

“The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline,” Charlie Fuqua wrote, according to an excerpt published by The Arkansas Times. “Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellioius children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21.” (here)

Sounds a bit like Van Til’s best bud, Rushdoony. But here is the kicker… he was former head of the Arkansas Department of Human Resources.

But, you have to give it to him… he is consistent…

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The dangers of self-publishing, or – Slavery was a Godsend

Hubbard wrote in his 2009 self-published book, “Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative,” that “the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.” He also wrote that African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States.

Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House from 1996 to 1998, wrote there is “no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States,” in his 2012 book, titled “God’s Law.”

via Arkansas GOP calls candidates’ slavery statements ‘offensive’ | Fox News.

Here’s the kicker – I read a paper at Seminary from an African American student saying the exact same thing…

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The End of the World sighted in Arkansas

Jim West, guitarist for "Weird Al"

Is this the real Jim West?

This is what happens when Jim West leaves the countryjust sayin

An estimated 100,000 fish have died in the northwest of Arkansas, the same state where up to 5000 dead birds recently fell from the sky.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said it suspected disease was to blame for the death of the drum fish, which floated in the water and lined the banks of a 30-kilometre stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 200km northwest of Little Rock, CNN reported on Sunday.

Ozark is about 200km west of the town of Beebe, where game wardens were trying to find out why up to 5000 blackbirds fell from the sky just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, CNN said.

Keith Stephens from the game and fish commission said fish kills occurred every year but the size of the latest one was unusual, and suggested some sort of disease was to blame.

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Solid Christian Beliefs… I wish fags would just commit suicide

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I hate writing things like that, because I don’t say that word, not even in Britain, if I had to ask for a cigarette, which of course I don’t smoke. But, this gets me.

A member of an Arkansas school board wrote –

Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.

Now, what are these ‘solid christian beliefs’?

McCance wrote the following message on his Facebook page: “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.

Initially, six people “liked” McCance’s message. He also received supportive comments, though some challenged his statement. A commenter wrote, “Because hatred is always right.” That led McCance to write, “No because being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that s*** to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It p****s me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you arent against it, you might as well be for it.”[…]

I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.”

Would anyone care to show me these believes in the bible? You know, the New Testament? Is this your solid christian beliefs?

And, for your viewing pleasure –

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Divorce, Custody and Religion

What worries me about this case, as I see it, is that it prohibits the free exercise of religion. I don’t particularly like Mormonism, however, I would not want a just to tell me what I can or cannot teach my children about God. Granted, they agreed to the stipulation, but if the stipulation is illegal, then the agreement should be void. It also gives the judge in this case to decide what is and what is not a Protestant religion.

via NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas’ News Source

A Benton County father found in contempt for violating a custody agreement that barred him from promoting Mormonism to his two sons lost his appeal at the Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Joel Mark Rownak and Lisa Monette Rownak agreed in their 2005 divorce to raise their children “in the Protestant faith.” The decree bars them from promoting another religion without the other’s consent.

In May 2007, Benton County Circuit Judge John R. Scott found Joel Rownak in contempt of that decree based on evidence that Rownak had “candidly acknowledged” promoting the Mormon faith to his sons.

Rownak led his sons in Scripture reading and daily prayer, involved one son in Boy Scouts at a local Mormon church and had one son baptized at the church, according to an opinion written by Judge Sam Bird and agreed to by Judges John Robbins and Robert J. Gladwin.

Rownak argued the contempt finding violated his First Amendment rights, particularly the establishment clause that prohibits the state from discriminating against religion.

Bird wrote that the decree was a valid contract between parties and didn’t violate Rownak’s constitutional rights. He noted that Joel Rownak had requested the language to be included in the decree.

Joel Rownak testified that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints wasn’t a Protestant faith, and the court also considered evidence to that effect from the church’s Web site.

Lisa Rownak had objected to her ex-husband’s promoting Mormonism to their children.

In light of this evidence, Scott was correct in finding Joel Rownak in contempt of the divorce decree, Bird wrote.

At the appeals court, the case is CA 08-193, Joel Mark Rownak v. Lisa Monette Rownak.