Archive for the ‘This Day in History’ Category

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

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion, This Day in History

Yesterday, we reported here at “The Wall of Separation” about a dangerous legislative effort afoot in Maryland to directly subsidize religious schools. Monday was the last day the General Assembly would be in session, and one of the bills remaining would have allocated $10 million in direct tax support to religious schools in danger of shutting down. […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, The U.S. Supreme Court, This Day in History

Sixty-two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that “released time,” a program whereby public schools set aside class time for on-campus religious instruction, violated the constitutional separation between church and state.

The 1948 decision, McCollum v. Board of Education, was a landmark in application of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause to church-state violations occurring in the public schools. […] Read More

This Day in History

Today we celebrate the 278th birthday of our first president, George Washington.

Americans United honors Washington for, among many other things, his commitment to religious liberty and church-state separation. We know the Father of Our Country wanted people of all faiths and none to feel welcome in our new nation.

How do we know this? He said so. During a […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Resources, This Day in History

It’s Presidents’ Day. In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be interesting to pull together some quotes by our chief executives on church-state separation and religious freedom.

Most people know that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were great champions of church-state separation. But did you know that James K. Polk had some interesting things to say, […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, The U.S. Supreme Court, This Day in History

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King’s memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Jonathan Falwell, This Day in History

Note: This post is a re-publication of one that originally appeared on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Enjoy the holiday!

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

If so, what religious tradition will the prayer come from? Will it be a blessing from the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu faiths? Will it be Catholic, Mormon […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, The U.S. Supreme Court, This Day in History

I grew up in Ohio in late ’80s through the ’90s. My parents, sisters and I were one of the few South Asian families in town, and I was one of only two Hindu students in my graduating class of nearly 350 students.

Fortunately for me, it mattered little that I was Hindu and most of my classmates were Christian. […] Read More

Focus On The Family, Freedom of Religion, James Dobson, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, This Day in History

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer (NDP). He called on Americans to “to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love.”

Obama saluted the men and women of the armed forces and added, “We recognize […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, This Day in History

The partisan pugilists over at Fox News Channel have been howling about President Barack Obama’s insistence that America is a pluralistic nation that respects all faiths.

Obama, you may recall, said during his recent visit to Turkey that the United States is “a secular country that is respectful of religious freedom, respectful of rule of law, respectful of freedom….” […] Read More

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