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  1. Responding to Growing God’s Kingdom Complaints, State Proposes Clarifying Rules


    January 25, 2012 by wcobserver

    WEST FORK –Rep. Justine Harris may have to consider altering some of his preschool’s practices if recently proposed rules are approved by the State Board of Education. Following complaints filed by the D.C.-based Americans United that Harris and his wife’s partially state-funded preschool, Growing God’s Kingdom, violates state and federal laws, the Arkansas Department of Human Services proposed new rules that would clarify what actions constitute an illegal use of tax-payer dollars for religious instruction. Religious instruction includes songs and prayer. And as noted by the ADHS’ evaluator back in Novemeber, Growing God’s Kingdom had featured religious-themed posters on the wall, as well as Bible Study held after regular school hours. As Harris did when the story first broke on Nov. 1, the West Fork resident defended the school’s practices, saying that religious instruction does not coincide with classroom time and that the proposed oversight runs against his freedom of religion. Harris, who recently announced his intent to run for the redistricted seat covering both Washington and Madison County,  raised concerns of his own when interviewed by the Northwest Arkansas Times: [Harris] objects to being unable to pray with parents or others who come to the school needing counseling, sometimes …


  2. WATCHING GOD’S KINGDOM: Rep.’s preschool investigated for mixing religion, state-funding


    November 10, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Jeff Winkler WEST FORK – Rep. Justin Harris’ kingdom is under attack as the Department of Human Services investigates whether his preschool center uses state funds to promote religion – a possible violation of guidelines and laws. On Nov. 1, the Washington D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a complaint with the DHS against Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool, run by Harris and his wife Marsha in West Fork.


  3. Editorial: Harris (R) Thankful for Welfare Programs


    June 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    Praising God is always a good thing to do, but partisan warrior Justin Harris (Rep. District 87) might at least give just a little credit to the Democrats and beer-drinkers in the state.