Archive for August, 2009

Church Politicking, Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

Bobby Jindal continues to “jet set” across Louisiana.

By jet, I of course mean helicopter – one funded entirely by taxpayers.

As the Wall of Separation noted last fall, the Louisiana governor spent $180,000 in taxpayer funds during his first eight months in office to travel by a State Police helicopter to many of the same churches he visited […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

On Wednesday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled unconstitutional a 2006 state law that required the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to stress “dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the commonwealth.”

The court struck down a legislative mandate that the Homeland Security office add references to the state’s relationship with God to its agency […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy certainly led an interesting life. Known as a champion of the poor and downtrodden, he was also a powerful advocate for religious liberty and church-state separation who was adept at forging unlikely alliances with conservative Republicans.

One of the more unusual episodes in Kennedy’s life occurred on Oct. 3, 1983, when the senator spoke at what […] Read More

Church Politicking, Faith-Based Initiatives, Jerry Falwell Sr, Jonathan Falwell, Religious Right Research

Is Americans United for Separation of Church and State “one of the most dangerous organizations in America”?

Mat Staver seems to think so.

Staver, dean of the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Law School and president of Liberty Counsel, went on a tiresome tirade about AU in today’s edition of One News Now, the wacky Wildmon family’s “news […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

My family and I enjoyed a nice vacation last week in Boston and its environs. The weather was clear, and the days were full.

We spent some time at the beach, but like dads everywhere, I made sure to mix a little education in with our recreation. Thus, we trooped along Boston’s celebrated “Freedom Trail” (in 96-degree heat!), visited Minute […] Read More

Church Politicking

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded over 60 years ago to stand as a voice on behalf of religious freedom. Our first staff, first board of directors, and first members understood that the philosophical differences between church-state separationists and the Religious Right had serious implications for the American public and our Constitution.

We […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

The propaganda campaign on behalf of school vouchers in the District of Columbia is deplorable but relentless.

Yesterday, 70 or so parents, children and paid lobbyists rallied on behalf of the federally funded “D. C. Opportunity Scholarship” program in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

The immediate goal of the protest was funding for 216 students […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in the Workplace

A situation in Des Moines, Iowa, this week has painted a perfect picture of what could happen if Religious Right forces succeed in their push for overly broad “religious accommodation” laws for the workplace.

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) currently displays ads on all of its buses. Most recently, the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have purchased space on […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Texas is headed for more shootouts over church-state separation, pardner!

In 2007, the legislature passed a law encouraging public school districts to offer elective courses on the Old and New Testaments   and “their impact on the history and literature of Western civilization.”

H.B. 1287 requires that the courses follow “applicable law and all federal and state guidelines in maintaining […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Is America on the verge of a holy war?

One writer seems to think so. In a provocative Esquire article, John H. Richardson detects an increasingly radical – and potentially violent – stream of religious-political activism afoot in the United States.

Says Richardson, “Over the last few years, it has become increasingly clear to me that what we are […] Read More

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