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October 23, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to West Lincoln Attendance Center in Lincoln County, Mississippi telling them to stop holding prayers and condemned other religious behavior by the school and faculty as it violates the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU also had problems with various religiously-themed posters found on campus and religious messages given by even the principal Jason Case.

May 3, 2011

The National Day of Prayer is annually set for May 5, but Oxford will begin praying a full 12 hours earlier.

Janet Davis, the chairperson for Oxford’s National Day of Prayer, said a “Watch around the Clock” will begin at noon on Wednesday, May 4, and end at noon on Thursday, May 5.

“The primary mission of the NDP Task Force is to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership,” Davis said.

April 15, 2011

The ASB Senate invocation is currently the topic of a lively debate on campus.

The ASB Senate invocation is currently the topic of a lively debate on campus.

Supporters of the invocation suggest that the weekly group prayer is not discriminatory, as any senator can volunteer to lead the prayer and no one is forced to stand and bow his or her head during the ritual.

As co-author of the amendment proposal to replace the invocation with a moment of silence, I find these arguments deeply flawed.

In contrast to invocation supporters, I believe this is a clear case of unlawful religious discrimination.

March 30, 2011

Tuesday night, the Associated Student Body Senate debated Resolution 11.6 for over an hour, eventually voting it down 14-24.

Tuesday night, the Associated Student Body Senate debated Resolution 11.6 for over an hour, eventually voting it down 14-24.

Resolution 11.6 was a movement to remove the invocation from the beginning of the meetings and replace it with a 30-second moment of silence to allow all members — not just Christians — a chance for a private devotion.

The resolution was introduced by Chelsea Ratfcliff, who is Jewish, and was presented by Asma al-Sherri, who is Muslim, and Daniel Blazo, who is agnostic.

March 24, 2011

There is liberalism in this world, and there is liberal-fascism. One believes in social equality and equality before the law of all people. The other believes that absolute equality should be instituted and forced onto people. One is rational and sane. The other, less so. I am one. Dan Blazo, ASB Senator from the Graduate School, is the other.

There is liberalism in this world, and there is liberal-fascism. One believes in social equality and equality before the law of all people. The other believes that absolute equality should be instituted and forced onto people. One is rational and sane. The other, less so. I am one. Dan Blazo, ASB Senator from the Graduate School, is the other.

March 23, 2011

The Associated Student Body Senate meeting Tuesday night started out with a prayer invocation.  

Editors Note: In the original copy of this article, a source was mis-identified as Sarah Al-Sherri. Her name is Asma Al-Sherri, and it has been corrected in the article. We regret the error.

The Associated Student Body Senate meeting Tuesday night started out with a prayer invocation.   

The senators bowed their heads as a senator prayed for Japan and for a good meeting.   

However, the senators debated a piece of legislation, Resolution 11-6, which could change this part of ASB meetings.