Backlash After Challenging Christian Prayers and the Pledge

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Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Emily Olson, the newest city council member in Owosso, Michigan, has received backlash for trying to end the tradition of Christian prayers at meetings and refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. (0:55)

— The nephew of GOP bigot Rep. Vicky Hartzler spoke out after she cried on the House floor about a bill protecting same-sex marriages. (18:50)

— The first meeting of an After School Satan Club had to be delayed in Virginia after the Chesapeake Public Schools board cited safety concerns. (23:05)

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— Rep. Louie Gohmert praised a Christian pastor whose church has ignored serious allegations. (33:56)

— New York’s governor should sign a bill that bolsters secular addiction treatment programs. (40:30)

— A Christian teacher at Franklin Academy, a public charter school in Florida, was fired after interrupting three Muslim students in the middle of a prayer. (46:25)

— A Christian mother in British Columbia has lost her case arguing that an Indigenous “smudging” ritual at her kids’ school violated her religious freedom. (50:50)

— A lawyer tasked with helping the Archdiocese of Montreal be more transparent when it comes to child sexual abuse allegations has discovered that Church leaders were sabotaging her efforts. (56:13)

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