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Taxing Case: Pending Supreme Court Controversy Could Lead To More Public Support For Religion

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part blog post by Carmen Green, a Madison Fellow in AU’s Legal Department. Read the second part here.

Back in January, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that has the potential to change church-state law dramatically – and not for the better.

Censorship Crusade: Far-Right Politician, Parents Team Up To Ban Books In Va. Public Schools

Some parents in a Virginia county are upset about a few books on public school summer reading lists – so much so that they’re calling for censorship.

Chesterfield County, which is just south of Richmond, has been besieged for a second-straight year by a group that is clearly under the influence of the Religious Right.

Fireworks For The Fourth: No, The United States Was Not Founded To Be A ‘Christian Nation’

Note: Today’s blog post originally ran last year to mark Independence Day. For more information about the “Christian nation” myth, see this Americans United brochure.

Today is Independence Day, and many of us will be meeting up with family for cook-outs, picnics, reunions and other events.

Discrimination Defeated!: A Miss. Law That Used ‘Religious Freedom’ To Undermine Rights Is Struck Down

A Mississippi law that purported to defend “religious freedom” by allowing state officials and others to discriminate against LGBT residents was scheduled to go into effect today. That won’t be happening, thanks to a federal court ruling.

God’s Will Not Done?: Disgraced Former Navy Chaplain Loses Bid For Public Office

It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran legislator Bob Gardner beat Klingenschmitt in a landslide. Gardner will face a Democratic challenger in November.

Sense In South Carolina: School Board Dumps Lord’s Prayer Policy

A South Carolina school board has decided to drop its exclusionary prayer policy – thanks to Americans United.

The Berkeley County School Board had a longstanding practice of opening all of its meetings with the Lord’s Prayer, which is, of course, a Christian invocation with roots in the New Testament.

Bitten By A Tiger: Huckabee Must Pay For Unauthorized Use Of Song

Former Arkansas governor and Religious Right favorite Mike Huckabee has not been having a good year.

Huckabee won the Iowa GOP caucus in 2008 and hoped to repeat that magic in 2016. But he ended up struggling for attention in a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates.

In an effort to gin up his far-right evangelical base, Huckabee traveled to Kentucky in September of 2015 for a campaign rally with Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County who became a folk hero to the Religious Right after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Times, They Are A’Changin’: New Poll Shows Evangelical Voters Acknowledge Cultural Change – But Continue To Resist It

White evangelicals no longer believe that the United States is a Christian country, according to a new Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey. The survey, which was conducted in conjunction with the Brookings Institution, shows that 59 percent of white evangelicals believe that the country has moved away from its “Judeo-Christian” roots.

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