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Sandhya Bathija is the Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She joined the staff in May 2008. Sandhya previously worked as a reporter for the legal trade publication, The National Law Journal, and practiced law for a small civil rights firm in Detroit. She holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Freedom of Religion, This Day in History

As we head into the long weekend in celebration of the birth of our country, it’s a good time to remember how lucky we are that our Constitution guarantees us so many rights and freedoms.

One of these freedoms, of course, is the option to choose what faith to believe in, or to believe in nothing at all. Our Constitution […] Read More

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We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis.

As my colleague Rob Boston said in a blog […] Read More

Church Politicking

The infamous evangelical Christian organization, “The Family” is making headlines again.

According to Roll Call newspaper, several members of Congress have accepted just over $101,000 worth of free international travel from The Family, also known as the Fellowship Foundation. The group footed the bill for 13 foreign trips, ostensibly so congressmen could meet and pray with political leaders in other […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The Class of 2010 graduated from Enfield (Conn.) High School yesterday, and based on local reports, it seems as though students and parents had a good time, despite the controversy over where to hold the ceremony.

Americans United and the ACLU, representing students and parents, filed a lawsuit against the school district after it refused to move the […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.

Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.

Jarretta Hamilton said she was terminated in […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is on a crusade against church-state separation.

Forbes founded and co-chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus – a group of 64 members of Congress who recognize “prayer as a fundamental and enduring feature of American life” and want to “use the legislative process – both through sponsorship of affirmative legislation and through opposition […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Public school principal Steve Comparato in Polk County, Fla., said his prayers were answered when a local church agreed to “adopt” his school and pay for $5,000 worth of supplies.

“If they want to come in and help, who am I to say no?” he told the Wall Street Journal, which today details a new trend in public schools […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

If I lived in southern Illinois and wanted a lesson in Christianity, like most people, I’d consult a Christian pastor, priest or theologian.

I definitely wouldn’t think to consult U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) or any other politician for that matter. Yet Shimkus seems to think he can be a one-stop shop – serving as not just a political representative […] Read More

Tax Funding of Religion

Prominent critic of church-state separation and Religious Right darling U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is back in the news.

According to the Minnesota Independent, Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, have used $30,000 in state funds since 2007 to run a counseling center that “uses counseling methods steeped in fundamentalist Christianity.”

The news report indicates that the clinic, Bachmann […] 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

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