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The North Dakota state capitol's Christmas tree, pictured here in 2015. Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

The Nativity Scene at North Dakota’s Capitol Is Great, but What Happens When the Muslims Want a Display?

The Nativity Scene at North Dakota’s Capitol Is Great, but What Happens When the Muslims Want a Display?

For the first time in state history, North Dakota’s state Christmas tree, erected annually in the capitol building in Bismarck, will be complemented by a nativity scene. That’s per a report from my colleague, Jeremy Turley, who also notes that the display will be privately funded. I’m an atheist, but I’m also a supporter of

Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Minot) Forum News Service photo

Plain Talk: Republican Lawmaker Beclowns Himself by Objecting to Hindu Prayer, State Epidemiologist Talks Vaccinations

State Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Minot), who has styled himself as a champion of religious liberty, embarrassed himself by objecting to a prayer delivered by a Hindu spiritual leader at the 2019 legislative session. Also Jennifer Galbraith, an epidemiologist from the North Dakota Department of Health, talks about the rising number of parents who are opting

Minot Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson shows a photo of him shaking hands with Rajan Zed, who gave a Hindu prayer to start the House's floor session Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Hoverson abstained from the prayer along with a few other lawmakers. John Hageman / Forum News Service

At Least One Republican Lawmaker Needs a Lesson in What Religious Freedom Means

Rep. Jeff Hoverson is a Republican from Minot. He’s also a pastor. I know him personally, since we live in the same community, and I’ve heard him talk at length before about the importance of religious liberty. He feels that Christians, at times, are inhibited from living their lives in accordance with their faith. He

Rep. Jeff Hoverson, a Republican from Minot, during floor debate over the Sunday closing law.

Video: Despite Counterarguments Invoking God and Ghostbusters, Sunday Closing Bill Passes House by Wide Margin

The debate was long winded, but ultimately the vote wasn’t close. The Sunday opening or “blue laws” bill, HB1097 introduced by Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo), passed in the state House today. While the outcome was the right one, the debate had a lot of face palm moments. Perhaps the worst was Rep. Sebastian Ertelt,