Politics

12:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Politics

Tenn. House Looks at "Merry Christmas" Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House is scheduled to take up legislation Monday night that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations, or religious displays.

The Senate version of the bill was unanimously approved 30-0 last month.

The legislation says schools can display scenes or symbols associated with such celebrations on school property, if the display includes more than one religion, or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol. Messages that encourage adherence to a particular religious belief are prohibited.

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10:59am

Thu March 6, 2014
Politics

Should State Board of Education Members be Elected or Appointed?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  The State General Assembly is considering measures that would change the way members of the State Board of Education are chosen, and Tennesseans are lining up for and against the proposals.

One proposal would make board posts elected positions. Another would take board appointments away from the governor and give them to the leaders of the Tennessee House and Senate.

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5:19pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Politics

Senate Leaders Threaten UT Funding Over Sex Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican leaders in the state Senate are warning that new funding for the University of Tennessee could be threatened over the use of student fees for a weeklong program about sex.

Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham of Somerville and Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell of Riceville in a letter to university leaders Wednesday call the use of fees for the student-run Sex Week an "abuse" of funds.

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8:43am

Wed March 5, 2014
Politics

Advocates Say Stop Using the "R-Word"

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Today is “Spread the Word to End the Word” Day, an effort in Tennessee and nationwide to get people to stop using the word "retarded."

Joanne Drumright with the Special Olympics in Tennessee says people need to be aware of the real harm derogatory language like the "R-word" can cause.

"In today's world, so many youth and young adults use that word in everyday conversation, not realizing what they're saying and not realizing the hurt that it causes."

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10:55am

Tue March 4, 2014
Politics

Have Christians Lost the Culture Wars?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A survey of American preachers, conducted by Nashville-based LifeWay Research shows growing concern among senior pastors about religious liberty in America.

According to LifeWay, 70 percent of the pastors agree with the statement, "Religious liberty is on the decline in America." Twenty-seven percent disagree.

Eighty-one percent of self-identified evangelical pastors were more likely to agree. Among mainline pastors, 47 percent agreed.

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