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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

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

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Schools

This past weekend, I attended my sister’s graduation ceremony at the University of Michigan, where President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address.

The Ann Arbor ceremony included a variety of speeches welcoming the students, their families and the president. Some speeches were inspiring, others were congratulatory and most contained a good deal of school spirit. (Being a Buckeye myself, hearing […] Read More

Charter Schools, Religion in Public Schools

Two Catholic elementary schools in Indianapolis will convert to public charter schools and receive nearly $1 million in state funding, according to a plan that was recently authorized by city officials.

St. Anthony’s and St. Andrew and St. Rita Academy will be among the many Catholic-to-charter school conversions approved throughout the country within the past couple of years. In […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

In Oklahoma, state legislators seem intent on pushing through legislation that encourages public schools to teach from the Bible.

Two bills are making their way through the House and Senate, and the bills’ proponents have made it clear they intend for this legislation to promote Christianity and undermine church-state separation.

After all, no legislation is necessary for public schools to […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning declined to hear a case from Washington state concerning a young woman who wanted to play religious music during a public school graduation ceremony.

Kathryn Nurre was a senior at Mill Creek’s Henry M. Jackson High School in 2006 when she and other members of a school wind ensemble sought permission […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Social Studies Curriculum

What happens in Texas, unfortunately, may not stay in Texas.

That’s the concern for many religious leaders, historians and civil liberties activists who are appalled at the Texas State Board of Education’s actions last week. The board is currently revising the state’s social studies curriculum and has decided to base the new standards on their personal ideological beliefs instead […] Read More

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

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that use of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the separation of church and state.

The 2-1 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest decision in a long-running legal campaign by Michael Newdow, a California atheist activist, to have “under […] Read More

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