Over the past few months, I’ve had several people call or e-mail to ask me if I know anything about a book titled The 5,000 Year Leap.
Disputes over religion in public schools are perennial. Some people, it seems, just won’t accept that fact that public schools are for teaching, not preaching.
Three recent developments bear watching.
First off, in Texas, the state legislature may be on the verge of another go-round in the ever-popular “let’s-display-the-Ten-Commandments-in-the-public-schools” crusade.
Just when the hubbub over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” seemed to be dying down, some new information has come to light.
On Dec. 20, 2005, a federal judge in Pennsylvania struck down an ill-conceived plan to teach “intelligent design” in the public schools of the town of Dover.
On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in a case involving a student-run Christian group at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.
The organization, a branch of the Christian Legal Society (CLS), wanted to receive financial support and official recognition from the university even though it excludes gays, atheists and others from membership. The university refused, citing its strict non-discrimination policy.
Backed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the CLS chapter sued.
Americans seem rather confused when it comes to the issue of religion and politics.
At least that appears to be the case from survey results on the role of religion in the 2010 election. The good news is, most Americans didn’t vote based on their religious views. The bad news is, many Americans are strangely preoccupied with President Barack Obama’s faith and that plays a role in whether they like him or not.
By Nate Hennagin
Tomorrow, November 18 at 10:30, Americans United’s own Barry Lynn will testify at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing Faith-Based Initiatives. The hearing will focus on the new Executive Order signed today by President Obama and the issue of employment discrimination in government funded positions.
Despite the fact that voucher subsidies for religious schools undermine church-state separation, hurt the public schools, are opposed by voters and have not improved student performance, they keep popping up around the country.
The latest is a voucher program being considered in Colorado’s third largest school district.
The next event in Naple's First Voice Series features Douglas L. Wilson, Esq., speaking on: "A Lifetime Written Guarantee? Church & State Separation: Now & Then"
The event takes place Sunday, November 21, at 3:00 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples, Florida 34116.
Back in 1979, a group of ultra-conservative religious leaders began holding meetings to discuss the fate of President Jimmy Carter.
Many of these leaders had voted for Carter, an evangelical Christian, in 1976 but had soured on him. They were looking for a new political leader – one who would parrot their line on social issues – and found him in Ronald Reagan. Thanks in part to their support, Reagan went on to win election in 1980, and the modern Religious Right learned what it could do when it flexed some political muscle.
Is history about to repeat itself?