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  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Divided Under God
    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Underwhelmed with Civic Center Plans

    Boulder Neighbors
    K.M.
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
     Denver Botanic Garden Alpine DisplayIn 2014, the big red Yes! sign in front of Boulder's Main Library was scrapped because of a public outcry. People said that local artists could have done better, and would have had the vision to understand what fits better here in Boulder.Now, it's the new plan for Boulder's civic center. We've voted to tax ourselves to pay to renovate our downtown civic area and the city hired a Berkeley landscape architecture firm to re-design it. Of late, the design team has been seeking feedback on the plans they've proposed as options. The Daily…
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    Divided Under God

  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
 
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  • Underwhelmed with Civic Center Plans

    K.M.
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
     Denver Botanic Garden Alpine DisplayIn 2014, the big red Yes! sign in front of Boulder's Main Library was scrapped because of a public outcry. People said that local artists could have done better, and would have had the vision to understand what fits better here in Boulder.Now, it's the new plan for Boulder's civic center. We've voted to tax ourselves to pay to renovate our downtown civic area and the city hired a Berkeley landscape architecture firm to re-design it. Of late, the design team has been seeking feedback on the plans they've proposed as options. The Daily…
  • A Few Updates and News Items

    K.M.
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Note that my comments/opinions interjected below, are in red.--K.M.Neighborhood Liaison Position: Meet the CandidatesYou can take part in the selection process for meeting the three candidates for Boulder's new Neighborhood Liaison position on Monday, March 30 from 6-7:30 pm in the Municipal Lobby located at 1777 Broadway.  There will be an opportunity to voice your opinion and view each one's profile. The new position will begin by the end of April. [I visited with someone this week who participated in the neighborhood meetings back in the mid-90s when there was a city neighborhood…
  • Introducing the "Ask Lucille" Column

    K.M.
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Today I have a special treat in store for readers. Because this office has been so busy lately trying to keep up with the city and way too many meetings, I've resorted to hiring an assistant, Lucille. She is working out great and already I don't know what I'd do without her. Some would caution having an office run by two redheads but we get along swimmingly, in part, because she tends to make me laugh, and in part, because she is so efficient and resourceful. She seems up to any task handed to her, and she always steps into any situation with finesse and unmatchable…
  • December 1995 City of Boulder Neighborhood Liaison Newsletter

    K.M.
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    City Councilwoman Lisa Morzel sent me a couple of PDF files from the mid-90s to show the work that was done back then around neighborhood connecting, planning, and empowerment. That was when neighborhoods lobbied for a neighborhood liaison staff person, too, just as we have done today, twenty years later."everything old, is new again"The following is the December 1995 Newsletter from the City of Boulder Neighborhood Liaison. Enjoy, and please leave a comment if you were there; if you participated in these events in the mid-90s. How would you compare what was happening then to where…
  • How About a Form Based Code that Requires New Buildings to Preserve Boulder's Character?

    K.M.
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    As most readers here know, our city is about to embark upon testing out the form based code concept in the area of Boulder Junction. It is not clear to me who gets to decide what their test model will look like. I've got an inquiry in to a city staff member who has promised to get back to me about it.Here's my thought about what Boulder should do.Victor Dover's report to the city stated:The public is justifiably frustrated: This prosperous, discerning, capable community finds itself nonetheless routinely disappointed by modern-day buildings. Citizens ask, why (exactly) don’t new…
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