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Becky Tallent

An award-winning journalist and public relation professional, Rebecca "Becky" Tallent was a journalism faculty member at the University of Idaho for 13 years before her retirement in 2019. Tallent earned her B.A. and M.Ed. degrees in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Educational Doctorate in Mass Communications from Oklahoma State University. She is of Cherokee descent and is a member of both the Indigenous Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. She and her husband, Roger Saunders, live in Moscow, Idaho, with their two cats.

Bibles in schools secularize the sacred

Becky Tallent explores the controversy of bibles in schools. She writes about the balance between religious freedom and the potential implications of teaching the Bible in public schools.

Foolishness As a Mirror

Explore the ancient spiritual concept of "holy fools" - eccentric figures who renounced worldly possessions to challenge society's norms and promote deeper faith across religions like Christianity, Eastern Orthodox, and more. Discover their radical role.

Apology from U.S. Catholic bishops falls short for traumatized Indigenous families

Learn about the U.S. Catholic bishops' apology for the mistreatment of Indigenous families in American Indian boarding schools and how little it matters.

Harrison Butker’s damaging commencement speech exposes his privilege

Find out why Harrison Butker's recent comments as a commencement speaker have generated so much controversy.

Facebook Post Misleads: Reading Bible in School Does Not Prevent Prison Sentences

The author critiques a Facebook post suggesting that allowing Bible reading in public schools could prevent imprisonment. She argues against this oversimplified view, highlighting issues such as religious diversity among students and the dangers of promoting one religious text over others. She also distinguishes between adult prisoners and schoolchildren, dismissing the analogy as flawed.

Happy National Sunshine Week: A Call for a More Transparent Government

The week of March 16 is celebrated as National Sunshine Week (this year March 10-16), calling for more transparency in government actions. 

Nex Benedict Is Another Matthew Shepard 

On Feb. 7, Nex Benedict, a non-binary Owasso, Oklahoma, teen, was beaten to death in a girl’s restroom at Owasso High School by three older female students. So far, there is no sign the girls responsible have been arrested or even interviewed by police. 

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