Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property

For years, we’ve heard the Religious Right and its allies assert that the cross is a secular symbol, not a religious one, in order to get around the Constitution and keep Christian displays on public land.

We’ve always thought that argument was pretty ridiculous, but Religious Right activists keep trying. Here’s their latest proposal:  a cross is not a religious […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

If I lived in southern Illinois and wanted a lesson in Christianity, like most people, I’d consult a Christian pastor, priest or theologian.

I definitely wouldn’t think to consult U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) or any other politician for that matter. Yet Shimkus seems to think he can be a one-stop shop – serving as not just a political representative […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

When I was a kid, our church decided it would be nice to have a social hall.

It was a pretty ambitious goal. We were a medium-sized congregation serving mostly blue-collar families in an economically depressed area. But the people sitting in the pews believed in the project and gave extra to support it. Kids like me even chipped in […] Read More

Moment of Silence, Religion in Public Schools

A Texas law that requires public school students to participate in a “moment of silence” was up for discussion yesterday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court will soon rule on whether the law is constitutional, but Americans United already weighed in earlier this year with a friend-of-the-court brief. We made it clear that this […] Read More