Archive for the ‘In the Courts’ Category

Defending The Courts, In the Courts, Religious Right Research

As president, one of Barack Obama’s most important tasks is making appointments to the federal courts.

The Senate has a role to play too. They are to “advise and consent.” If a judicial appointee is deemed unqualified, a majority of the Senate can vote him or her down.

Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Senate […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Prayers and patriotic songs reverberated through the air as I made my way to the Supreme Court yesterday morning. I exchanged a reticent glance with the police officer stationed outside the Library of Congress (just a block away), and he chuckled, as if to read my mind.

“Things are getting crazy over there,” he warned, as I […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

I spent the morning at the Supreme Court attending oral arguments in Salazar v. Buono – a case focusing on a cross on display in the Mojave National Preserve in California.

I’m not going to pretend I understand all of the ins and outs of this complex case because I’m not a lawyer. I rely on AU’s legal team […] 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

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in the Military, Religious Symbols on Public Property, The U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the third woman and the first Latina to ever serve as a justice.

It’s a historical milestone, and Americans United is looking forward to watching the new justice in action, particularly when it comes to church-state issues.

As we have mentioned […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life

My wife went to grad school in North Carolina. She wasn’t much of a drinker (at least that’s what she tells me now), but she and her roommate did enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner every so often.

On Monday through Saturday, they could buy a bottle of vino any time the grocery store was open. On Sunday, they […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

My roommate is a freshly minted high school teacher. Sometimes, while sitting together watching reruns of “Doogie Howser, MD.,” I help her plan civics lessons for her students. If it weren’t the middle of the summer, I would insist that she craft a Venn Diagram with her kids to teach about the separation of church and state.

I […] Read More

In the Courts, The U.S. Supreme Court

As you may have noticed, Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearings continue today.

We’ve heard a lot of griping about her “wise Latina” remark and her decision in the Ricci case, as well as witnessed outbursts from anti-abortionist protestors.

But to our knowledge, we have yet to hear anyone ask her about her views on church and state issues. […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religious Symbols on Public Property

I’m always surprised when people in the heartland of America – conservative folks who claim to love their country and its institutions – display contempt for the rule of law.

Consider the case of Haskell County, Okla. A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that an eight-foot-high Ten Commandments monument erected in front of the courthouse in 2004 must come […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Freedom of Religion, In the Courts, Judicial Nominations, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

I guess it’s a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I’m not his teacher, and he’s not my student.

But what the heck? It’s a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I’m focusing on issues with church-state implications. […] Read More

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