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Backroom Backing: North Carolina City Quietly Votes To Fund Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention

As part of a backroom deal, the city council of Raleigh, N.C., has decided to provide $150,000 so the Jehovah’s Witnesses can hold a major event locally.

Council members approved the handout earlier this month in a closed-door vote so that the Jehovah’s Witnesses can hold their annual convention at PNC Arena in Raleigh next year, Indy Week reported.

Pledge Provocation: What's Wrong With Knowing Your Rights?

Recently, the Fox News Channel rang up the Rev. Barry Lynn, AU's executive director, to discuss what he thinks about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.

Since they asked, he answered.

"The Pledge of Allegiance creates a constitutional problem," he said. "You have to tell students they can opt out."

For some reason, this statement has generated some controversy – as if it is so reprehensible to want to educate students about their rights!