- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2014

A church billboard in northeast Pennsylvania has drivers doing double takes, but church leaders hope it will lure new and younger faces to the congregation.

The sign, “‘I Love Sex’ — God,” was the brainchild of Pastor Dan Nichols of the Restored Church of Wilkes-Barre, according to Huffington Post.

Mr. Nichols told WNEP.com the sign, which sits high above Route 309, was put up in part to kick off a series of sermons that begin Sept. 7 and “will focus on sex in the Bible’s Song of Solomon,” with the hope of teaching that sex is not shameful but something that contributes to a healthy marriage.

At least one sermon will cover sex for single people.

“What we want to do is let people know that the Bible is relevant to everyday life,” Mr. Nichols told Huffington Post. “When it comes to sexuality God is the inventor, author and creator of it.”

The billboard is scheduled to stay up for the month of September.

THE HAIR APPARENT

Students can be sent to the principal’s office for serious offenses and — sometimes — for hair-splitting infractions.

When Malachi Wilson arrived at F.J. Young Elementary School in Seminole, Texas, for his first day of kindergarten, the 5-year-old was sent home by school administrators because his hair did not conform to the school’s rules on appearance, the Navajo News Online reported.

Malachi is Navajo on his father’s side of the family and Kiowa on his mother’s side, and he wears his hair long as a sign of his culture and faith, the Navajo News reported.

His mother said she had informed the school of his background when she enrolled him in June, the News reported.

With the help of the Navajo Nation and the American Indian Movement, she was able to provide an exemption form, and Malachi returned to kindergarten the following day — his hair still long, but in a neat braid down his back.

TUFT’S FREE THINKER

Tufts University has the honor of being the first school to have a university-funded humanist post.

The Religion News Service reported that Walker Bristol, a former Tufts Freethought Society member, is filling the position as Humanist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts university.

The post was something society members and other atheist and agnostic students had lobbied for years, the news service reported. The goal, according to the society, was to “establish a ‘humanist’ chaplaincy to serve as a resource for students who are interested in exploring how to live ‘ethical and meaningful lives’ without subscribing to any religion.”

The news service reported that while other universities have humanist chaplains, Mr. Bristol’s position is the first that is university-funded.

HOLY HOT HOOKUP!

What do Christian Mingle, JDate and Farmers Only have in common?

Sure they’re all online dating sites, but AdWeek.com has lumped all three — along with 10 other sites — into its online survey of “Hottest Way to Hook Up.”

Yes, the same site that uses the Psalms 37:4 quote “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” is up for the same title as Ashley Madison, which reminds online visitors “Life is short. Have an affair.”

The “honor” is part of the site’s Hot List Readers’ Choice Awards. Visit AdWeek.com if you have an opinion on the “hotness” of any of the faith-based dating sites.

Winners will be announced Dec. 8.

Meredith Somers covers religion and faith issues for The Washington Times.

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