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Commentary: When faith shook the world

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Commentary: When faith shook the world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The conversation focuses on a moment in history that split half the world and set souls on fire. We’re talking about the Reformation, which will be 500 years old on Oct. 31. The Rev. Nathan Wilson, Father Rick Ginther, Robert Saler and I talk over the air about the […]

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Hate crimes bill dies on the Senate floor

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will continue to be one of five states without a law addressing hate crimes after a bill that would have changed that was killed on the Senate floor Monday.   If passed into law, Senate Bill 439 would have allowed Hoosier judges to consider enhancing criminal sentences based […]

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Protection for prayer in school passes the House

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill designed to protect students’ rights to voluntarily pray during school hours passed the House Monday. Although the House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing and aloud without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers […]

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Bill protecting prayer in schools moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that makes sure school corporations don’t discriminate against students for their religious expression and allows students to pray during school hours advanced Tuesday. House Bill 1024 passed the Education Committee 10-2 a little more than an hour before the deadline for bills to advance out of committee. […]

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Taylor’s new strategy for proposing hate crime legislation

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the fifth time, Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, will try to get a hate crime law on the books in Indiana. During the 2017 legislative session, he wants to add the hate crime provision to another proposed piece of legislation that is designed to protect police officers. A hate […]

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Commentary: Time for Indiana to pass a tougher hate-crime law

By Rep. Greg Porter and David Sklar Special to TheStatehouseFile.com It has been a bittersweet year. Even as we extended civil rights and equality to millions of Americans and thousands of Hoosiers, we also witnessed the tragic shootings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, of the newscaster and cameraman in Moneta, Virginia, and most […]

Commentary: God and cable

Commentary: God and cable

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Whenever someone has asked me to describe my attitude towards religion I always say it’s like cable TV. I tell them God is like cable and religion is the cable company. I really do like cable. It gives me lots of choices, stimulates me to occasionally think outside the box, makes […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill passes House largely on party lines

Religious Freedom Bill Passes House, Just Steps From Governors Office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House Monday and needs just one final vote before heading to the governor to be signed into law. Supporters say the bill will provide Indiana courts with […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill moves to full House

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to Full House from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill meant to protect private storeowners from being forced to take part in business transactions that violate their religious beliefs passed a House committee along party lines on Monday. The vote came after more than 100 […]

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Amendments to religious freedom bill fail; bill now ready for vote

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters of a bill meant to protect the rights of companies and schools to observe religious beliefs without government intervention blocked amendments Monday that would have significantly altered the legislation. Senate Bill 101 is now eligible for a vote that will send it to the House for further consideration. […]

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