Greg Horton

Greg Horton is an author at Religion News Service.

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Okla. library revises book-signing policy after Satanist asks to read from book

By Greg Horton — October 20, 2015
LAWTON, Okla. (RNS) Adam Daniels wanted to read and sign copies of “Ahrimani Enlightenment,” a book that explains the basics of the church’s nontraditional form of Satanism.

Okla. Ten Commandments statue moves to think tank near Capitol

By Greg Horton — October 6, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) By Tuesday, the monument was already installed at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs just a few blocks from the Capitol.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics jumps into Bible, pot debate

By Greg Horton — September 3, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) After two commenters posted references to the Bible in response to a story about the effects of marijuana on the brain, a bureau employee engaged them in a theological argument.

Oklahoma architecture dean apologizes for wearing thawb and keffiyeh

By Greg Horton — August 26, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Dean Charles Graham bought the clothing when he was last in Dubai and decided to wear it as a gesture of multicultural respect.

Manager of Oklahoma gun store and range declares it ‘Muslim-free’ zone

By Greg Horton — August 13, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Gun range manager Chad Neal, a medically discharged veteran, said last month’s shooting at the military recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tenn., prompted him to hang the sign in the door.

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments monument must go

By Greg Horton — June 30, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Its installation three years ago sparked a religious feud.

Southern Baptists to open their ranks to missionaries who speak in tongues

By Greg Horton — May 14, 2015
(RNS) Allowing Southern Baptist missionaries to speak in tongues, or have what some SBC leaders call a “private prayer language,” speaks to the growing strength of Pentecostal churches in Africa, Asia and South America, where Southern Baptists are competing for converts.

Okla. attorney general wants private citizens to distribute religious literature in schools

By Greg Horton — April 16, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt wants private individuals to distribute Bibles in the public schools. Atheists and others say they want the right to distribute their literature, too.

Oklahoma Satanist church wants permission to distribute books in elementary school

By Greg Horton — April 14, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) In a letter to the school district, some 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, a church leader assured administrators that the Satanic book is “no where (sic) near as graphic as the Christian Bible.”

Oklahoma bill would abolish state’s role in granting marriage licenses, leave it in clergy hands

By Greg Horton — March 12, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ said the federal government is attempting to change the traditional definition of marriage, so his legislation would place the responsibility for officiating marriages in the hands of clergy.

Oklahoma pastors will preach in hoodies to protest proposed state bill banning hoods

By Greg Horton — January 16, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) “We do not have people roaming the streets in hoodies or masks committing crimes," said one pastor who planned to wear a hooded sweatshirt to church Sunday.

Student who married same-sex partner expelled from Southwestern Christian University

By Greg Horton — July 11, 2014
(RNS) Christian Minard said she is aware that her relationship violates the covenant, but she is troubled at the inconsistent application of the rules, saying she believes she was singled out for being a married lesbian.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary admits its first Muslim student

By Greg Horton — May 19, 2014
(RNS) The presence of a Muslim student on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has touched off a controversy within the Southern Baptist Convention.

Satanists release design for proposed Oklahoma State Capitol monument

By Greg Horton — January 7, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) The Satanic Temple wants to erect a 7-foot-tall statue of a seated Satan flanked by two children on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Hindu group wants a monument on Oklahoma Capitol grounds

By Greg Horton — December 11, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) A few days after a group of Satanists announced plans to donate a memorial on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, a Hindu organization said it would apply for permission to erect a statue of Hanuman, the monkey god.
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