Archive for February, 2006

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Life

Advocates of “intelligent design” creationism suffered another setback recently when the Utah Senate rejected a bill that would have weakened the teaching of evolution in the state.

The so-called “Origins of Life” bill would have required Utah science teachers to read a disclaimer to their students asserting that not all scientists agree with evolution. Such disclaimers are a common tactic […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Schools

When you drop a donation into the collection plate at your chosen house of worship, is the money spent for religious purposes or does it wind up in the campaign coffers of some politician?

The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday that more than a 100 Maryland churches have contributed money to political candidates. According to The Sun’s study, thousands […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The Georgia House of Representatives is considering a bill that gravely threatens separation of church and state. HR 1345 would amend Article I, Section II of Georgia’s Constitution, which governs religious freedom. This constitutional provision has protected the separation of church and state for 229 years. The safeguards that have helped religion flourish in Georgia since 1777 must not be […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Inside AU

A Utah state senator is bent on ensuring that public school students statewide graduate with a terribly flawed understanding of biology.

Sen. Chris Buttars’ bill, called “Instruction and Policy Relating To The Origins of Life,” has passed the state senate and drawn media attention. The measure, SB 96, is a slam on evolution intended to muddy students’ understanding of biology. […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins had some laudatory things to say about Coretta Scott King’s recent death.

In his Jan. 31 “Washington Update,” Perkins saluted the “brave” stands taken by Martin Luther King Jr. and noted that Mrs. King “courageously supported her husband’s pioneering work for civil rights in America.”

Perkins went on to write, “Although we came to […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Fox News Network has moved beyond its nightly carping about a so-called “war on Christmas,” and the holiday season is fast fading into memory. But one skirmish remains from the recent Christmas conflict.

A Wisconsin public school district is boldly fighting back against a Jerry Falwell-affiliated Religious Right group that spread lies about the school’s holiday policies and programs.

The […] Read More