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Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviews Elizabeth Baptist Church Pastor Rit Varriale (Fox News)

Plot twist: Elisabeth Hasselbeck scolds anti-gay pastor for flying Christian flag above American flag

"I’m not sure God needs a flag."
Girls wearing private school uniforms (Shutterstock)

Slavery’s legacy persists: White private school enrollment higher in counties where there were more slaves

None of us alive today had any direct involvement in slavery in America, but we continue to be affected by its legacy and could even be perpetuating it in subtle, everyday ways. One of the ways the legacy of slavery manifests is through the school system.
Members of the KKK hold a rally (Martin/Flickr )

Whitewash: New Texas history books will downplay slavery, omit KKK and Jim Crow

Social studies books for Texas public schools will minimize the importance of slavery in the Civil War and omit any mention of both Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan.
Gary Washington stands over the casket of his mother, Ethel Lance, as she is buried at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery in North Charleston, South Carolina June 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Racial progress post-Charleston will go only as far as GOP’s reactionary base will allow

History suggests that when whites use violence against blacks, it sometimes backfires, resulting in racial progress. However, the conditions under which it happens are very specific.
Si Robertson (Facebook)

Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson: Atheists don’t exist because they use calendars

"Our calendars are based on Jesus Christ."
American flag and gun (Shuttershock)

SC man fires celebratory rounds after running out of fireworks — then passes out in hammock and shoots self in leg

A South Carolina man shot himself in the leg after passing out in a hammock Saturday while celebrating Independence Day, police said.
Georgia woman gives foster dog a 'bucket list' as part of his hospice care ['Chester's Final Journey' Facebook page]

Georgia woman brightens up dying dog’s final days with a ‘bucket list’ of awesome adventures

When she adopted him last month, she wrote, he was recovering from surgery to remove some tumors. But he has developed more since then, and is also suffering from heart worm.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a tour of the museum and birthplace of actor John Wayne while campaigning for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Winterset, Iowa on June 27, 2015. Photo by Brian Frank for Reuters.

Trump says media ‘distorted’ his anti-Mexico remarks — then accuses immigrants of carrying diseases

After days of outrage, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Monday that some of his criticism of Mexico has been distorted but stuck to his stance that many illegal immigrants coming across the Mexican border are criminals. A new statement from the billionaire real estate developer came as his empire took a fresh blow.
Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar (Twitter.com)

Jill Duggar is leaving for a lengthy mission trip ahead of possible lawsuit against molester brother

The 24-year-old Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, will leave for an undisclosed country for a lengthy stay with their infant son, who was born April 6.