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Influence of churches, once dominant, now waning in South

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Prayers said and the closing hymn sung, tea-drinking churchgoers fill Marble City Grill for Sunday lunch. But hard on their heels comes the afternoon crowd: craft beer-drinking, NFL-watching football fans. Such a scene would have been impossible just months ago because Sunday alcohol sales were long illegal in Sylacauga, hometown of both the actor who played TV’s Gomer Pyle and the white marble used to construct the U.S. Supreme Court building. While the central Alabama city of 12,700 has only one…

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Pleasantville and the St. Pete Pride Parade

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It just so happened that I was reading this article about religious protesters marching through the crowd at Saturday’s St. Pete Pride festival at the same time I was watching the movie Pleasantville, a “kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.” I can’t help but draw a comparison between the ignorant trouble-makers that showed up to protest the Pride Festival…

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