Greg Horton is an author at Religion News Service.
Okla. library revises book-signing policy after Satanist asks to read from book
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
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
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
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
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
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Its installation three years ago sparked a religious feud.
Southern Baptists to open their ranks to missionaries who speak in tongues
(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
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
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
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
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
(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
(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
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
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.