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Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

Here’s some advice for Livingston Parish school officials: You don’t want to go to court over creationism because you will lose.

Election '08, Elections, Evolution & Creationism, Religious Right Research

I regard Sarah Palin’s new book like I do the movie “New Moon” – I’m not the intended audience and I don’t really care about it.

But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin’s book, it has become obvious that I’m going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though […] Read More

American Family Association, Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

It’s Friday, and here’s a quick round-up of some stories with church-state overtones that you might have missed:

* Remember the proselytizing cheerleaders in north Georgia? A lot of people are getting worked up over that, and I feel certain that a “fair and balanced” Fox News report isn’t far off.

One Religious Right site I monitor moaned that […] 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

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

Every September, we brace ourselves here at Americans United because we know the new school year will spark a fresh round of squabbles about the proper role of religion in public education.

Indeed, we’re seeing some already. Two recent stories – one from Kentucky and one from Iowa – showcase two very different ways of dealing with this contentious topic. […] Read More

Charter Schools, Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

There is always something going on Nampa, Idaho, isn’t there?

Last year, the Nampa public library removed two sex education books from its shelves after receiving complaints from religious activists. And the city’s “Treasure Valley God and Country Festival” mixed Bible readings with hourly flyovers by Air Force B-2 bombers for years until the Pentagon finally put a […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Life

Washington, D.C., is a great city. In addition to all of the wonderful historical and political landmarks, there are a ton of tourist attractions: we have the Spy Museum, the Museum of Crime and Punishment and our very own Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.

Northern Kentucky, however, may have us beat. Petersburg is the home of the nation’s […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Yesterday, I took the day off to attend a special end-of-the-year event at my son’s school: He and other members of his fifth-grade class wrote and illustrated stories, which they bound in books and read aloud to visiting parents.

As I surveyed the classroom full of eager students and proud parents, I couldn’t help but be struck by the diversity. […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

My kindergarten teacher Ms. Valentino had certain non-sectarian pedagogical goals: She wanted us to learn to share, to respect our teachers, to obey our parents and to recognize letters, shapes and sounds. I think she did a fine job, and I look back on her small classroom in the annex of P.S. 42 quite fondly.

I especially loved show and […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

At least some people in Texas are standing up for sound science education. And hopefully, they won’t back down, despite a new lawsuit challenging their decision.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for failing to approve its master’s degree in creationism-based science education.

All of […] Read More

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