Archive for May, 2010

Church Politicking, Family Research Council, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for our semi-regular feature of news about church-state separation and the Religious Right that you might have missed. Be warned, some of the stories this week are about sex!

  • Opposition to gays serving in the military continues to crumble as Congress moves to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of

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Church Politicking

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s attempt to inject sectarian bias into the U.S. military has been shot down, at least for now.

Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican and Religious Right favorite, wanted to add language to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act giving military chaplains the right to push their personal beliefs at events where personnel from many faiths (and none) […] Read More

Church Politicking

Some residents of Henderson County, N.C., seem determined to fight unnecessary battles.

According to news reports, the Henderson County Commission held a meeting last night to hear from the community and take a final vote on whether its monthly meetings should continue to open with sectarian invocations.

The commissioners wanted to address the issue in light of a federal […] Read More

Church Politicking, Elections

A few misguided religious leaders in South Dakota have decided they are above the law and are plowing ahead with a plan to endorse a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

So far, the stunt isn’t exactly setting the Mount Rushmore State on fire. It started with an appeal from candidate Gordon Howie, a member of the South […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Social Studies Curriculum

We knew things weren’t going to turn out well in Texas once we heard Cynthia Dunbar’s invocation on Friday morning.

Before the Texas State Board of Education voted on the controversial social studies curriculum, Dunbar prayed for what she hoped students would learn in public schools.

“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Social Studies Curriculum

The right-wing fundamentalist bloc on the Texas State Board of Education is bound and determined to rewrite American history. As reported here recently, member Don McLeroy has proposed amending Social Studies standards to cast doubt on the legitimacy of separation of church and state.

Earlier this week, the board accepted public comments about its proposals. They got […] Read More

Charter Schools, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

A big part of our job here at Americans United is to annoy the Religious Right. If the Religious Right’s not happy, then there’s a good chance we are.

And today, one Religious Right group in Arizona is very unhappy.

As my colleague Joe Conn wrote yesterday on “The Wall of Separation,” a federal judge in Idaho […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Idaho’s state slogan is “Great Potatoes, Tasty Destinations.” I’d like to add a third item: “Scrumptious Church-State Decisions.”

In a major defeat for the Religious Right, a federal court in Idaho has ruled that public charter schools have no constitutional right to use the Bible as part of their curriculum.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge held Monday that […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

One of my former colleagues here at Americans United used to slip in a personal grace before lunchtime meals with others on the staff. It was silent prayer and so quick you had to be very, very observant to even notice it.

R. wasn’t trying to proselytize anyone, but he was a devout Christian and he wanted to express his […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Social Studies Curriculum

Texas’ controversial social studies standards face a final vote this week, and it appears that far-right members of the state Board of Education aren’t done trashing them yet.

Don McLeroy, the dentist from Bryan who has become infamous throughout this process, has some more changes he would like to make. Among them is this gem: “Contrast the […] Read More

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