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Salvation Army Surrenders: Settlement In N.Y. Case Bans Tax-Funded Preaching

It may strike you as out-of-season that media outlets have been reporting on the Salvation Army this week. After all, the month of February is drawing to a close, D.C.’s 40-plus inches of snow is beginning to melt and winter is waning.

We should have at least 10 months to hold onto our pocket change before next
December rolls around and the volunteers of the Salvation Army are back in the limelight — wearing their red velour Santa hats, ringing those infamous gold
bells and erecting kettles in front of shopping malls to collect seasonal donations.

Having A Party: Religious Right Gets An Invitation To Tea

For months I’ve been trying to figure out what to make of the “tea party” movement.

Is it merely another band of anti-government, low-tax activists with a libertarian populist edge – or will it become the next wave of the Religious Right? Do the tea partiers intend to stay focused on issues like smaller government or will they take on social issues?

Funding Fuss: Church Drops Out Of D.C. Program Rather Than Abide By New Marriage Law

Today’s Washington Post reports that the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has stopped running its foster-care program to avoid having to license same-sex couples.

Back in November, the Archdiocese threatened to drop contracts with the D.C. government to provide social services if the D.C. Council approved a same-sex marriage bill. Thankfully, their threats did not faze the council, which approved the measure in December.

Orange County AU hosts author Dr. Phil Zuckerman

The Orange County Chapter of Americans United will host Dr. Phil Zuckerman, author of the 2008 book “Society without God” on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00 PM.  

Dr. Zuckerman will lead a discussion about what we can learn from countries less religious than our own.  He will focus on issues of religion, justice and contentment. The meeting will be held at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine.  There is no charge for this event and reservations are not required.

Orange County (CA) AU hosts Dr. Phil Zuckerman, February 20

The Orange County Chapter of Americans United will host Dr. Phil Zuckerman, author of the 2008 book “Society without God” on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00 PM.  

Dr. Zuckerman will lead a discussion about what we can learn from countries less religious than our own.  He will focus on issues of religion, justice and contentment. The meeting will be held at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine.  There is no charge for this event and reservations are not required.

Presidential Proclamations: The Chief Executives On Religious Liberty

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, as did U.S. Grant?

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it provides some interesting food for thought. Enjoy!

Beastie Boys: Virginia House Passes Bill To Ward Off Antichrist

You can’t make this stuff up.

The Virginia House of Delegates has just passed a bill that supporters hope will keep the Antichrist at bay.

You hear a loud whirring noise, you say? That would be Thomas Jefferson and James Madison spinning like tops in their Virginia graves.

Yes, it’s true. Yesterday House members approved a measure that would prohibit employers and insurance companies from requiring people to implant microchips in their bodies.

Proper Prayer Practices: S.C. School Ends In-School Proselytism

Americans United has pointed out many times that public schools need not be “religion-free” zones. There are ways students can meet for prayer or to read religious texts – but it has to be their choice.

In Georgetown, S.C., a local resident, Violet Infinger, had been coming onto school grounds for 10 years to pray with students and pass out religious literature.

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