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The Mormon Church is Opposing a Medical Marijuana Bill That Could Help Thousands of Ailing Patients

February 6, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, Utah State Senator Mark B. Madsen proposed a bill -- S.B. 73, the Medical Cannabis Act -- that would allow the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from ALS, Alzheimer's, Crohn's, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, chronic pain, etc.There's no shortage of stories of patients whose lives have improved considerably because the marijuana eased their pain, prevented muscle spasms, stopped nausea, etc. Even beyond the arguments for legalizing pot, medical marijuana should be a no-brainer.shutterstock_244198942So, of course, Madsen's bill is in danger of being derailed by the Mormon Church:

Colorado School Says No to Personalized Messages on Nameplates After Donor Requests Bible Verses

February 5, 2016

When people make a large donation to a university, they sometimes receive the opportunity to put their name on a building. On a smaller scale, too, schools will tell donors that if they make a certain-size donation, they'll get to choose the inscription that goes on a brick (or something similar). This is all perfectly fine... until the school forgets there are limits to what can be inscribed.Last year, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a donor requested that a particular archway include a Bible verse. Because that promoted Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked that it be taken down. The school ultimately decided to include an atheist inscription (and two other neutral ones), putting an end to the problem.We're now seeing a similar story play out at the Colorado School of Mines.shutterstock_116726731

Ten Commandments Sign in Mississippi Courthouse Will Be Replaced with “In God We Trust” Banner

February 3, 2016

If you were to walk into the Itawamba County Courthouse in Mississippi anytime before last week, you'd see this sign hanging front and center:ItawambaTenCommandsIt's not part of some historical display. It's just a giant sign that says non-Christians aren't going to get a fair shake under the law.That's why the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently pointed out the illegality of the sign, and they announced yesterday that the courthouse would be removing the sign.But they're replacing it with a banner that reads "In God We Trust." Which is *totally* not religious in any way, shape, or form.
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