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who is jerry falwell jr. and why is he reforming higher education?


jerry falwell jr. is the president of liberty university and one of america's most vocal evangelical christian leaders. he's also the son of ultra-conservative southern baptist pastor, televangelist and founder of the moral majority movement, jerry falwell. falwell the younger holds a jd from university of virginia school of law as well as a ba in religious studies from the school he now governs. given his pedigree, falwell jr's politics unsurprisingly skew far to the right.falwell is apparently not too big on the sciences, at least as they have conventionally been taught. that is, science courses at liberty university take the bible to be a historically accurate document, rather than a collection of parables. falwell's input could have a debilitating effect on the direction of higher educ






evangelical leader falwell: it was steve bannon’s idea that i lead education tas


donald trump shakes hands with jerry falwell jr. during a campaign event at the orpheum theatre in sioux city, iowa, on jan. 31, 2016. (dave kaup/reuters)evangelical leader jerry falwell jr., the president of virginia’s liberty university, says that it was white house senior strategist stephen k. bannon who offered him a role with the trump administration as the head of a not-yet created task force on higher education.president trump and falwell have known each other for years. falwell was an early supporter of trump’s campaign last year, saying that he was the “best qualified” candidate and giving the republican some credibility in the evangelical community. in 2012, trump was invited to deliver a convocation speech at liberty, and falwell introduced the real estate mogul by sayin...






jerry falwell jr. to lead trump’s higher education task force


liberty university president jerry falwell jr. said president trump has tapped him to lead a task force to reform the u.s. department of education. he spoke with steve bannon, trump’s chief strategist, tuesday about the role and said details about it are the still being sorted out, according to the ociated press. “the goal is to pare it back and give colleges and their accrediting agencies more leeway in governing their affairs,” falwell told the chronicle of higher education. a meeting to discuss the task force with trump is scheduled for wednesday, he said.donald trump hires michele bachmann, jerry falwell jr. falwell strongly supported the president during his paign and served on his evangelical executive advisory board to advise him on issues that mattered to evangelicals and of othe






who is jerry falwell jr. and why is he reforming higher education?


jerry falwell jr. is the president of liberty university and one of america's most vocal evangelical christian leaders. he's also the son of ultraconservative southern baptist pastor, televangelist and founder of the moral majority movement jerry falwell. falwell the younger holds a jd from the university of virginia school of law as well as a ba in religious studies from the school he now governs. given his pedigree, falwell jr's politics unsurprisingly skew far to the right.falwell is apparently not too big on the sciences, at least as they have conventionally been taught. that is, science courses at liberty university take the bible to be a historically accurate document rather than a collection of parables. falwell's input could have a debilitating effect on the direction of higher edu






falwell says trump administration has tapped him to lead a higher-ed panel


liberty university president jerry falwell jr. on the pus of the university in lynchburg, va. (matt mcclain/ the washington post)the trump administration has asked liberty university president jerry falwell jr. to lead a panel on reform of higher education regulations, the leader of the evangelical christian school said tuesday.“in the department of education, there’s too much intrusion into the independent accreditation,” falwell told the washington post in a telephone interview. “there’s too much intrusion into the operation of universities and colleges. i’ve got a whole list of concerns. it mainly has to do with deregulation.”falwell’s latest connection with the trump team was first reported by the chronicle of higher education.the liberty president was an early endorser of trump during






the future of stem education is cloudy under betsy devos


president trump, meanwhile, is planning to repurpose $20 billion from the federal education budget to expand voucher programs. even though low-income families could benefit from this "school choice" proposal, the institutions on the receiving end would be private or affiliated with a religion. the proposal will likely hit some roadblocks, though, since it has to get approved by congress and it's not certain that states are going to be interested in such grants.still, there could be major consequences if it does go through. david e. kirkland, an english and urban education professor at new york university, says devos and trump could promote educational policies that support "alternative facts" and "fund programs aimed at discrediting longstanding scientific knowledge and traditions."the sit






the future of stem education is cloudy under betsy devos


president trump, meanwhile, is planning to repurpose $20 billion from the federal education budget to expand voucher programs. even though low-income families could benefit from this "school choice" proposal, the institutions on the receiving end would be private or affiliated with a religion. the proposal will likely hit some roadblocks, though, since it has to get approved by congress and it's not certain that states are going to be interested in such grants.still, there could be major consequences if it does go through. david e. kirkland, an english and urban education professor at new york university, says devos and trump could promote educational policies that support "alternative facts" and "fund programs aimed at discrediting longstanding scientific knowledge and traditions."the sit






colleges may be happy falwell will lead review of higher ed regulations, but stu


this january 2016 p o shows donald trump, then a republican presidential candidate, shaking hands with jerry falwell jr. at a paign event in sioux city, iowa. reuters/dave kaupamerican higher education sells hope. advertisements for colleges often feature smiling students, many times in a cap and gown with a diploma in hand. the primary message? a college degree provides opportunity.but in recent years, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of quality control mechanisms in higher education as institutions struggled with low graduation rates and scores of graduates failed to pay off their loans after earning degrees with little value in the job market.for eight years starting in 2009, the obama administration attempted to strengthen consumer protections in higher education thro






gillespie at liberty u: my setbacks were part of god’s plan


lynchburg, va. – ed gillespie grew up in a traditional irish catholic family, where faith was central to his life but not something he was comfortable wearing on his sleeve. he’s over that now.the republican candidate for virginia governor stood before 15,000 liberty university students monday to share how his faith has helped him understand that painful disappointments – from his failure to gain admission to his top choice for college to his squeaker loss to u.s. sen. mark warner (d) in 2014 – were all part of god’s plan and ultimately for the good.“the truth is, i was not raised to talk about my personal relationship with our savior, jesus christ,” gillespie said at the school’s convocation. “happily, over time that’s become more comfortable to me. today i’m glad to be able to share with






ed gillespie at liberty university: my setbacks were part of god’s plan


lynchburg, va. — ed gillespie grew up in a traditional irish catholic family, where faith was central to his life but not something he was comfortable wearing on his sleeve. he’s over that now.the republican candidate for governor of virginia stood before 15,000 liberty university students monday to share how his faith has helped him understand that painful disappointments — from his failure to gain admission to his top choice for college to his squeaker loss to u.s. sen. mark r. warner (d) in 2014 — were part of god’s plan and ultimately for the good.“the truth is, i was not raised to talk about my personal relationship with our savior, jesus christ,” gillespie said at a convocation at the school. “happily, over time that’s become more comfortable to me. today i’m glad to be able to share






ex-baylor ad helps liberty move up to fbs-level, big-time football


liberty players are shown in 2014. (grant halverson/getty images)when ian mccaw was hired by liberty in november as its athletic director, he said, “we want to build this program to compete at the highest level nationally and the goal of fbs football is very much at the forefront.” mccaw got his wish thursday, as liberty announced that the ncaa had approved its request to move up to the football bowl subdivision, the top college level of the sport.liberty, which has been competing at the football championship subdivision level as a member of the big south conference, will begin fbs play as an independent in 2018, and it will be bowl eligible starting in 2019. “we look forward to continuing our upward trajectory of success and meeting the level of competition in fbs,” mccaw said in a statem






ex-baylor ad helps liberty move up to fbs-level, big-time football


liberty players are shown in 2014. (grant halverson/getty images)when ian mccaw was hired by liberty in november as its athletic director, he said, “we want to build this program to compete at the highest level nationally and the goal of fbs football is very much at the forefront.” mccaw got his wish thursday, as liberty announced that the ncaa had approved its request to move up to the football bowl subdivision, the top college level of the sport.liberty, which has been competing at the football championship subdivision level as a member of the big south conference, will begin fbs play as an independent in 2018, and it will be bowl eligible starting in 2019. “we look forward to continuing our upward trajectory of success and meeting the level of competition in fbs,” mccaw said in a statem






will team trump forget to fight the culture wars?


during the cold war, peaceniks proposed unilateral disarmament: let the soviets keep their nukes, we’ll get rid of ours.the cold war is over, but there’s another war going on, a culture war being fought over whether there’s anything honorable or decent in american and western history and culture. it’s an extraordinarily important war, because it’s about the country we live in and the country our children will live in 20 years hence.the anti-american crowd has mostly won the war. recently, i watched the hbo tv miniseries “band of brothers,” a fictionalized portrayal of one infantry regiment during world war ii. it was produced just 15 years ago, but something so pro-american probably couldn’t be made today.you’d think an “america first” trump administration would have recognized the need to






at the national prayer breakfast, here’s what evangelicals want next from trump


in this jan. 31, 2016, file p o, jerry falwell jr., president of liberty university, smiles as he listens to republican presidential candidate donald trump, left, at a rally in council bluffs, iowa. (ap p o/jae c. hong, file)ask an evangelical why he voted for president trump and chances are high he will say it was because of the supreme court. the supreme court, after all, was responsible for issuing cases such as roe v. wade on abortion and obergefell v. hodges upholding gay marriage.on tuesday, many of those evangelicals who want a justice who they see as likely to help overturn roe got their wish when trump nominated colorado federal appeals court judge neil gorsuch for the supreme court, an appointment seen as a huge win for social conservatives.if gorsuch is confirmed, though, what w






as many head to the national prayer breakfast, here’s what evangelicals want nex


in this jan. 31, 2016, file p o, jerry falwell jr., president of liberty university, smiles as he listens to republican presidential candidate donald trump, left, at a rally in council bluffs, iowa. (ap p o/jae c. hong, file)ask an evangelical why he voted for president trump and chances are high he will say it was because of the supreme court. the supreme court, after all, was responsible for issuing cases such as roe v. wade on abortion and obergefell v. hodges upholding gay marriage.on tuesday, many of those evangelicals who want a justice who they see as likely to help overturn roe got their wish when trump nominated colorado federal appeals court judge neil gorsuch for the supreme court, an appointment seen as a huge win for social conservatives.if gorsuch is confirmed, though, what w






thrilled with trump’s supreme court pick, here’s what evangelicals want next


in this jan. 31, 2016, file p o, jerry falwell jr., president of liberty university, smiles as he listens to republican presidential candidate donald trump, left, at a rally in council bluffs, iowa. (ap p o/jae c. hong, file)ask an evangelical why he voted for president trump and chances are high he will say it was because of the supreme court. the supreme court, after all, was responsible for issuing cases such as roe v. wade on abortion and obergefell v. hodges upholding gay marriage.on tuesday, many of those evangelicals who want a justice who they see as likely to help overturn roe got their wish when trump nominated colorado federal appeals court judge neil gorsuch for the supreme court, an appointment seen as a huge win for social conservatives.if gorsuch is confirmed, though, what w






trump vows to ‘totally destroy’ restrictions on churches’ support of candidates


president trump vowed thursday to “totally destroy” a law p ed more than 60 years ago that bans tax-exempt churches from supporting political candidates, a nod to the religious right that helped sweep him into office.speaking at the national prayer breakfast in washington, trump said he would seek to overturn the johnson amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt nonprofits — including churches and other houses of worship — from “directly or indirectly” participating in a political candidate’s paign.repeal of the amendment — which is part of the tax code and would require action by congress — has been sought primarily by conservative christian leaders, who argue that it is used selectively to keep them for speaking out freely.but several experts said thursday that the effect of a repeal could b






trump vows to ‘totally destroy’ restrictions on churches’ support of candidates


president trump vowed thursday to “totally destroy” a law p ed more than 60 years ago that bans tax-exempt churches from supporting political candidates, a nod to the religious right that helped sweep him into office.speaking at the national prayer breakfast in washington, trump said he would seek to overturn the johnson amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt nonprofits — including churches and other houses of worship — from “directly or indirectly” participating in a political candidate’s paign.repeal of the amendment — which is part of the tax code and would require action by congress — has been sought primarily by conservative christian leaders, who argue that it is used selectively to keep them for speaking out freely.but several experts said thursday that the effect of a repeal could b






mr. trump, keep this wall barring congregations from paigns


answering the fervent prayers of politically active christian conservatives, president trump at a religious breakfast on thursday committed to “get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” holy moly, mr. president. for the uninitiated: a 1954 measure introduced by then-sen. lyndon baines johnson forbids religious congregations, and all charitable organizations, from paigning for political candidates. the basic bargain goes something like this: if a mission-driven organization is eligible to receive large tax-deductible donations, it ought not simultaneously engage in the messier business of directly endorsing political candidates. it’s a sane construct, and one that trump now looks to bulldoze






mr. trump, keep this wall barring congregations from paigns


answering the fervent prayers of politically active christian conservatives, president trump at a religious breakfast on thursday committed to “get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” holy moly, mr. president. for the uninitiated: a 1954 measure introduced by then-sen. lyndon baines johnson forbids religious congregations, and all charitable organizations, from paigning for political candidates. the basic bargain goes something like this: if a mission-driven organization is eligible to receive large tax-deductible donations, it ought not simultaneously engage in the messier business of directly endorsing political candidates.justice dept. files appeal notice to halt on trump travel ban it






franklin graham said immigration is ‘not a bible issue.’ here’s what the bible s


(kathy willens/ap)while many religious groups have come out against president trump’s immigration ban, some significant figures in the faith community, including liberty university’s jerry falwell jr., have stood in support of it. attempting to defend the ban from a religious point of view, evangelist franklin graham declared, “that’s not a bible issue.”he could not be more wrong.both the hebrew bible and the new testament are clear and consistent when it comes to how we are to treat the stranger. across the books of both testaments, in narrative, law, prophecy, poetry and parable, the bible consistently spells out that it is the responsibility of the citizen to ensure that the immigrant, the stranger, the refugee, is respected, welcomed and cared for. it is what god wants us to do, but it






even super bowl ads are political this year


suddenly even the most superficial part of super bowl sunday has become politicized: the commercials. with immigration, art and science suddenly under ault from the white house, some of the spots airing during the big game will unintentionally take on a deeper meaning. that’s how crazy things have gotten — ads designed by madison ave. specifically to manipulate people into spending money, could actually spark political arguments as viewers gorge on beer and chips. take budweiser’s new super bowl spot, it focuses on immigration, a - on issue to be sure.audi super bowl spot explores gender wage gap the cinematic, minute-long ad aims to recreate the 1857 journey undertaken by adolphus busch when he moved from germany to st. louis and met his future partner, eberhard anheuser. cheesy? sure. m






even super bowl ads are political this year


suddenly even the most superficial part of super bowl sunday has become politicized: the commercials. with immigration, art and science suddenly under ault from the white house, some of the spots airing during the big game will unintentionally take on a deeper meaning. that’s how crazy things have gotten — ads designed by madison ave. specifically to manipulate people into spending money, could actually spark political arguments as viewers gorge on beer and chips. take budweiser’s new super bowl spot; it focuses on immigration, a - on issue to be sure.audi super bowl spot explores gender wage gap the cinematic, minute-long ad aims to recreate the 1857 journey undertaken by adolphus busch when he moved from germany to st. louis and met his future partner, eberhard anheuser. cheesy? sure. m






trump said he’ll ‘totally destroy’ the johnson amendment. what is it and why sho


in his address at the national prayer breakfast this morning, president trump made one clear policy declaration: “i will get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment.”what is that? is it in trump’s power to destroy it? and who would want him to do that?president trump, speaking at the national prayer breakfast, promised to "get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment," which prohibits some tax-exempt organizations like churches from supporting political candidates, on feb. 2. (the washington post)what the johnson amendment is: it’s named for lyndon b. johnson, who introduced it in the senate in 1954, nine years before he be e president. it bans all tax-exempt nonprofits — which includes churches and other houses of worship, as well as charities — from “directly or indirect






conservative evangelicals join letter denouncing trump’s order on refugees


author ann voskamp, left, stands outside the national prayer breakfast with a sign saying “we welcome refugees.” (courtesy of sarah melnyk, church world service)in a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in wednesday’s washington post to denounce president trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying they are “deeply concerned.” the ad includes the signatures of evangelicals considered to be more conservative and represent large churches and institutions, including new york city pastor tim keller and his wife, kathy keller, southern baptists ed stetzer and daniel akin and popular author max lucado.the letter shows how the issue of refugees, which was once not considered divisive in evangelical circles, has become po






how will devos influence higher education?


education secretary betsy devos, who took office tuesday, is shown speaking here during her january confirmation hearing (ap p o/carolyn kaster)as education secretary betsy devos began her first full day on the job wednesday, college leaders and analysts were watching for signs of where the trump administration stands on student debt, for-profit regulations and other higher education issues.    devos, whom the senate narrowly confirmed tuesday, has been somewhat vague about her vision for higher ed, although that sector accounts for a significant share of the work of the education department. [with historic tiebreaker from pence, devos confirmed as education secretary] “the confirmation debate was heavily focused on k-12 education and civil rights, but in reality a very large portion of th






conservative evangelicals join letter denouncing trump’s order on refugees


author ann voskamp, left, stands outside the national prayer breakfast with a sign saying “we welcome refugees.” (courtesy of sarah melnyk, church world service)in a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in wednesday’s washington post to denounce president trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying they are “deeply concerned.” the ad includes the signatures of evangelicals considered to be more conservative and represent large churches and institutions, including new york city pastor tim keller and his wife, kathy keller, southern baptists ed stetzer and daniel akin and popular author max lucado.the ad shows how the issue of refugees, which was once not considered divisive in evangelical circles, has become polari






president trump is a religious fanatic who will destroy us


donald trump has been destroying every institution in washington, but he blew his first chance to stick a drainpipe in that town’s ultimate swamp: its twisted, sick, self-righteous relationship with religion. and he had started off so well! in case you missed it, trump opened thursday’s annual national prayer breakfast with the ultimate “f- you” to the god-political complex — mocking the very notion of faith by calling upon congregants to pray for the ratings of “celebrity apprentice” host arnold schwarzenegger. “when i ran for president i knew i had to leave the show,” trump said. “and they hired a big, big movie star arnold schwarzenegger to take my place, and we know how that turned out. ratings went right down the tubes, it’s been a total disaster, and [producer] mark [burnett] will n






trump promises to 'totally destroy' the johnson amendment


p o: evan vucci, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1president donald trump and sen. john boozman, r-ark., pause during the national prayer breakfast, thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in washington.president donald trump and sen. john boozman, r-ark., pause during the national prayer breakfast, thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in washington. p o: evan vucci, ap trump promises to 'totally destroy' the johnson amendment1 / 1back to galleryin his address at the national prayer breakfast thursday morning, president donald trump made one clear policy declaration: "i will get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment."what is that? is it in trump's power to destroy it? and who would want him to do that?what the johnson amendment is: it's named for lyndon b. johnson, who introduced it in the senate in 19






president trump is a religious fanatic who will destroy us


donald trump has been destroying every institution in washington, but he blew his first chance to stick a drainpipe in that town’s ultimate swamp: its twisted, sick, self-righteous relationship with religion. and he had started off so well! in case you missed it, trump opened thursday’s annual national prayer breakfast with the ultimate “f- you” to the god-political complex — mocking the very notion of faith by calling upon congregants to pray for the ratings of “celebrity apprentice” host arnold schwarzenegger. “when i ran for president i knew i had to leave the show,” trump said. “and they hired a big, big movie star arnold schwarzenegger to take my place, and we know how that turned out. ratings went right down the tubes, it’s been a total disaster, and [producer] mark [burnett] will n






trump today: another big win for oil


president donald trump on tuesday signed legislation striking down a rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the u.s. or foreign governments for commercial development. (feb. 14) media: mediaos video american oil and mining companies won’t need to report payments to foreign governments, after president trump on tuesday signed legislation wiping out a regulation staunchly opposed by the petroleum industry.the legislation, house joint resolution 41, eliminated a regulation issued by the u.s. securities and exchange commission last june that would have forced extractive industries to report payments they make to governments abroad for access to natural resources.supporters saw the new rule as a key way to fight corruption in resource-rich countries. the rule was devel






trump said he’ll ‘totally destroy’ the johnson amendment. what is it and why sho


president trump, speaking at the national prayer breakfast, promised to "get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment," which prohibits some tax-exempt organizations like churches from supporting political candidates, on feb. 2. (the washington post)in his address at the national prayer breakfast this morning, president trump made one clear policy declaration: “i will get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment.”what is that? is it in trump’s power to destroy it? and who would want him to do that?what the johnson amendment is: it’s named for lyndon b. johnson, who introduced it in the senate in 1954, nine years before he be e president. it bans all tax-exempt nonprofits — which includes churches and other houses of worship, as well as charities — from “directly or indirect






trump today: another big win for oil


president donald trump on tuesday signed legislation striking down a rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the u.s. or foreign governments for commercial development. (feb. 14) media: mediaos video american oil and mining companies won’t need to report payments to foreign governments, after president trump on tuesday signed legislation wiping out a regulation staunchly opposed by the petroleum industry.the legislation, house joint resolution 41, eliminated a regulation issued by the u.s. securities and exchange commission last june that would have forced extractive industries to report payments they make to governments abroad for access to natural resources.supporters saw the new rule as a key way to fight corruption in resource-rich countries. the rule was devel






trump today: another big win for oil


president donald trump on tuesday signed legislation striking down a rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the u.s. or foreign governments for commercial development. (feb. 14) media: mediaos video american oil and mining companies won’t need to report payments to foreign governments, after president trump on tuesday signed legislation wiping out a regulation staunchly opposed by the petroleum industry.the legislation, house joint resolution 41, eliminated a regulation issued by the u.s. securities and exchange commission last june that would have forced extractive industries to report payments they make to governments abroad for access to natural resources.supporters saw the new rule as a key way to fight corruption in resource-rich countries. the rule was devel






trump today: another big win for oil


president donald trump on tuesday signed legislation striking down a rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the u.s. or foreign governments for commercial development. (feb. 14) media: mediaos video american oil and mining companies won’t need to report payments to foreign governments, after president trump on tuesday signed legislation wiping out a regulation staunchly opposed by the petroleum industry.the legislation, house joint resolution 41, eliminated a regulation issued by the u.s. securities and exchange commission last june that would have forced extractive industries to report payments they make to governments abroad for access to natural resources.supporters saw the new rule as a key way to fight corruption in resource-rich countries. the rule was devel






trump today: another big win for oil


president donald trump on tuesday signed legislation striking down a rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the u.s. or foreign governments for commercial development. (feb. 14) media: mediaos video american oil and mining companies won’t need to report payments to foreign governments, after president trump on tuesday signed legislation wiping out a regulation staunchly opposed by the petroleum industry.the legislation, house joint resolution 41, eliminated a regulation issued by the u.s. securities and exchange commission last june that would have forced extractive industries to report payments they make to governments abroad for access to natural resources.supporters saw the new rule as a key way to fight corruption in resource-rich countries. the rule was devel






trump today: alexander acosta, florida dean, nominated for labor


donald trump held a press conference in the east room of the white house on thursday where he announced his new nominee for the secretary of labor. (feb. 16) media: mediaos video president trump nominated alexander acosta, a former u.s. attorney in miami and dean of florida international university’s college of law, as labor secretary on thursday.acosta, a son of cuban immigrants, was south florida’s top federal prosecutor during the second term of the bush administration, according to the miami herald.acosta has more government experience than many of trump’s other nominees. he is a member of the national labor relations board and is a former clerk for justice samuel alito (he has a degree from harvard law school). he has been through the senate confirmation process three times. photo: jo






trump today: alexander acosta, florida dean, nominated for labor


donald trump held a press conference in the east room of the white house on thursday where he announced his new nominee for the secretary of labor. (feb. 16) media: mediaos video president trump nominated alexander acosta, a former u.s. attorney in miami and dean of florida international university’s college of law, as labor secretary on thursday.acosta, a son of cuban immigrants, was south florida’s top federal prosecutor during the second term of the bush administration, according to the miami herald.acosta has more government experience than many of trump’s other nominees. he is a member of the national labor relations board and is a former clerk for justice samuel alito (he has a degree from harvard law school). he has been through the senate confirmation process three times. photo: jo






franklin graham said immigration is 'not a bible issue.' here's what the bible s


p o: kevin d. liles, nyt image 1of/50captioncloseimage 1 of 50the rev. franklin graham, evangelist and son of billy graham, speaks at liberty plaza outside the capitol in atlanta, during his "decision america tour," feb. 10, 2016. an executive order president donald trump signed on jan. 27, 2017 gives preference to refugees who belong to a religious minority that has been persecuted, but a broad array of clergy, including evangelical and mainline protestant leaders, has strongly denounced the order as discriminatory, misguided and inhumane. keep going to see more p os from the protest over the ruling in houston.  lessthe rev. franklin graham, evangelist and son of billy graham, speaks at liberty plaza outside the capitol in atlanta, during his "decision america tour," feb. 10, 2016. an ex






new policy to decriminalize marijuana in harris county will save time, money, da


photo: jim mone, associated press image 1of/34captioncloseimage 1 of 34district attorney kim ogg is set to introduce a new policy that will decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in in harris county. district attorney kim ogg is set to introduce a new policy that will decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in in harris county.  photo: jim mone, associated press image 2 of 34surprising marijuana moments in american history surprising marijuana moments in american history  photo: hearst image 3 of 34testing ... testing ... scientists (military and otherwise) have been pretty interested in testing the effects of marijuana throughout the decades, and states are entering a whole new kind of marijuana experiment. legalization will certainly go down in the history books as a wa