Only in America
A Republican lawmaker is asking that a newly cleaned statue of the Roman goddess Ceres not be returned to the dome of Missouri’s state capitol. The statue of Ceres, goddess of farming, has stood atop the capitol since 1924 as a tribute to the state’s agricultural economy. But Rep. Mike Moon says that because statues of Jesus are barred from public buildings, lawmakers should “stand firm in our beliefs by refusing to honor a pagan god.”
An Iowa man is denying any racist motive for surrounding his home with painted swastikas and Confederate flags. William Stark lives next to a school with a mostly nonwhite student body and has refused school officials’ request that he take down what they say is a racist display. “They don’t know their history, evidently,” he says.