Archive for September, 2009

Religion in Public Schools

Last night, cheerleaders at Lakeview-Fort Olgethorpe (LFO) High School were more popular than ever.

According the Chattanooga Times Free Press, more than 500 people showed up at a rally outside a Chik-fil-A Restaurant in Fort Olgethorpe, Ga., to support these young women who wanted to display signs with Bible verses at football games.

On Sept. 18, for example, the cheerleaders […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

A new survey about religion in America has the Religious Right all worked up.

Researchers at Trinity College in Hartford noted a sharp rise in the number of Americans who, when asked to state their religious preference, replied “none.” According to some polls, this bloc of Americans now accounts for about 15 percent, and Trinity researchers say it may rise […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Schools

The social studies war in Texas continues to rage.

According to today’s Houston Chronicle, those reviewing the state’s social studies curriculum are deeply divided on what our Founding Fathers intended when it comes to church-state separation.

Peter Marshall, one of the Religious Right-aligned “experts” on the review panel, told the Chronicle, “You can’t properly tell American history unless you […] Read More

Church Politicking

As you may recall, earlier this month, Americans United and allied groups urged Attorney General Eric Holder to revoke a Bush-era rule regarding “faith-based” funding for religious groups.

In 2007, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a legal memo providing a blanket right for religious organizations to discriminate in hiring staff, even if they receive federal funds.

Americans […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, The U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to come back into session Oct. 5, and just in time for that, Justice Antonin Scalia has decided to pop off in the media about how much he hates church-state separation – again!

In what is billed as an “Historic Exclusive Interview” in the Brooklyn-based Orthodox   Jewish newspaper Hamodia, Scalia attacks […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

It’s that time of year again! This morning, students across the country gathered for prayer at their public schools’ flagpoles for “See You At the Pole” (SYATP).

As we have said before, SYATP is legal, so long as it is student led, student initiated and does not conflict with school rules.

Unfortunately, it often isn’t that simple. […] Read More

Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I endured my second Values Voter Summit over the weekend, and as my colleague Rob Boston shared with you yesterday, it was an interesting time.

Like Rob, I was subjected to some crazy Religious Right rants and raves. But it doesn’t upset me that much any more. After all, I’ve read or heard most of them before, and the […] Read More

American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I’m back from the Religious Right Bizarro World that is the “Values Voter Summit.” As always, it was quite an experience.

I’ll have a full report on the event in the October Church & State, but I wanted to share some things I learned at the Summit with you today:

* Be As Partisan As You Want To Be: I’m […] Read More

Religious Right Research

It has been an interesting week for me here at Americans United.

Wednesday I appeared on Fox News Channel in an effort to explain why public schools can’t compel students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This led to all manner of hate mail: people asking why I’m a communist, demands that I leave the […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

This morning, my cell phone started buzzing about ten minutes before my alarm was set to go off. Groggy-eyed, I reached over and snatched it from my night stand. While usually I’m rather irritated by the idea of waking up even a moment too soon, I couldn’t help but smile when I read the text message sent by one […] Read More