Have you ever wanted the opportunity to just get church-state concerns that bother you most off your chest? Well, the Indiana AU Chapter is giving you that chance on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 7 PM.
When the “moment of silence” bill first came up for vote in the Illinois legislature years ago, some House members sang a song on the floor to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.” It went:
Hello, school prayer, our old friend
It’s time to vote on you again
In our school house without warning
You seek a moment in the morning.
The words made very clear these legislators’ intent in proposing the measure: to bring government-sponsored prayer back into the public schools.
It must be hard to be a non-believer in Texas. Not only do you have to put up with the bizarre antics of the fundamentalist-dominated State Board of Education, but now you can’t even express your support for the state without also affirming the existence of God.
In 2007, Texas legislators modified the state’s pledge of allegiance to include the phrase “under God.” (Yep, it’s hard to believe, but until just three years ago, the entire state of Texas was officially heathen!)
The Religious Right’s relentless campaign to politicize America’s pulpits may take another step forward this weekend.
According to the Minnesota Independent, two of the state’s pastors say they will endorse political candidates from the pulpit this Sunday, directly defying the federal tax law that prohibits churches and other non-profits from becoming involved with elections.
I take it as a given that people who want to preach should do it on their own time and their own dime. You have no right to use government resources to spread religious messages.
I was pleased to see this principle affirmed recently by a federal court in Louisiana.
A minister named Beulah Moore sued the Metropolitan Human Service District, asserting that the Louisiana government agency had violated her religious rights by ordering her to stop preaching to clients.
By Nate Hennagin
Imagine the pride I felt this weekend when my 16-year-old daughter handed me a copy of her high school’s newspaper featuring the first two news stories she has written for that publication.
Silver Chips is an award-winning student newspaper, and I’m pleased that my daughter has joined the staff. I’ve explained to her that while print journalism isn’t exactly a growing profession these days, a person can usually always manage to make a living through writing. Someone will have to write all of that news online, after all.
Just when you think you’ve heard the worst, you have to think again because hateful rhetoric is never ending when it comes to the Religious Right.
This time, the person spewing it is David Barton, the phony historian from Texas who serves as president of WallBuilders – a group that seeks to prove, against all evidence, that America was founded to be a “Christian nation.”
My first job in Washington, D.C., was with a non-profit that served the correctional community. In 1986, a bunch of us on the staff spent the night in a new state-of-the-art jail that had just been constructed in Prince George’s County, Md. We wore jail uniforms and ate dry sandwiches for dinner. The lights snapped off at 10 p.m. sharp and came back on at 6 the next morning.
That was my only brush with the correctional system – and it was enough.