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Sex And Common Sense: Texas Public School Reconsiders ‘Chastity’ Speaker

A self-appointed expert on sex and relationships won’t speak at an El Paso, Texas, high school – for now.

Jason Evert runs an outfit called Chastity Project. He is yet another in a seemingly endless parade of speakers who somehow manage to get themselves invited to public schools even though what they have to offer is thin at best and sometimes offensive. Read more

AU Chapter Leader Offers Secular Invocation Before El Paso Council

An Americans United chapter leader recently gave the first-ever secular invocation before a meeting of the El Paso, Texas, City Council.

David Marcus, president of AU’s El Paso Chapter, offered a message of inclusion before the board’s Dec. 2 meeting.

“We come together today in a spirit of cooperation and compromise,” he said, noting that the border city of more than 670,000 people is made up of residents with different beliefs and that each individual’s feelings are deeply important. Read more

West Texas Saga: Federal Court Rejects Latest Effort To Bless Church Politicking In Lone Star State

A recent ruling from a federal court in Texas about churches and politics has been overlooked – but it shouldn’t be.

Regular readers of this blog might recall a flap that erupted in El Paso after the city approved an ordinance extending health-care benefits to domestic partners. Pastors at some local fundamentalist churches went bonkers and announced plans to recall Mayor John Cook and El Paso City Council Members Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd. Read more

Texas Toast: El Paso Church Loses Legal Case Over Political Intervention

An El Paso church’s brazen effort to remove the mayor and two members of the city council has been brought to a screeching halt.

The political drama in the west Texas town started last summer when Pastor Tom Brown of Word of Life Church issued a politically charged email to the community. Brown, who sent the email under the guise of his Tom Brown Ministries, attacked El Paso Mayor John Cook and El Paso City Council Members Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd because the three voted to extend health-care benefits to domestic partners. Read more

Pulpit Priority: An Atlanta Pastor Says Churches Should Be Prophetic, Not Political

Americans United recently asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an El Paso ministry that is spearheading a recall campaign against that city’s mayor and two members of the city council.

Pastor Tom Brown has used his Tom Brown Ministries to coordinate the recall campaign. Brown is angry because Mayor John Cook and council members Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd voted to extend benefits to domestic partners. He is using the ministry’s website to promote the recall. Read more