Posts Tagged ‘Founding Fathers’

Government-Sponsored Religion, Sarah Palin

Once again, Sarah Palin has got it all wrong.

Last week, the former Alaskan governor appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to correct the “nonsense” she was hearing over the National Day of Prayer.

Palin slammed Judge Barbara Crabb for her decision ruling the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, claiming the opinion is “inconsistent with the […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Last night, Americans United celebrated a decision by a U.S. district court judge who ruled the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, AU’s executive director, hailed the decision as a “tremendous victory for religious liberty. Congress has no business telling Americans when or how to pray.”

But several Religious Right leaders […] 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

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 Politicking

We’re sure in the coming days we’re going to hear a lot of grunting from Religious Right groups over President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo this morning.

After all, his address, intended to improve relations between Islam and the West, celebrated religious diversity, reached out to Muslims and discussed how important it is to tolerate the beliefs of others. Not […] Read More

Church-State Milestones

On July 10, 1822, James Madison sent a letter to Edward Livingston about the appropriate relationship between religion and government. Writing 186 years ago today, the Father of our Constitution insisted that church-state separation has been a triumph for democracy and a boon to religious devotion.

Almost two centuries after Madison’s missive, church-state separation is under tremendous attack […] Read More

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