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Rochester (NY) Chapter "From Darwin to Dover"

The Rochester, NY Chapter is sponsoring an event to discuss the role of Intelligent Design in American life. “From Darwin to Dover: The Rise and Decline of Intelligent Design,” will feature video from the Nova program “Judgment Day,” a look into the 2005 Dover, PA case ruling ID was inherently religious. Additionally, footage of Judge Jones describing his ruling will complement discussion on the role of science and public school education.

Barton Baloney: New York Times Shines Light On Religious Right ‘Historian’

David Barton is the scariest Religious Right leader you never heard of.

But that’s beginning to change. Today, The New York Times offered readers a front-page report on Barton, a “self-taught historian who is described by several conservative presidential aspirants as a valued adviser and a source of historical and biblical justification for their policies.”

A-OK In Arkansas: School Administrator Admonishes Proselytizing Teacher

Next month marks the 49th anniversary of the first U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down officially sponsored prayer in public schools. The decision in Engel v. Vitale was issued on June 25, 1962.

The case is nearly half a century old, so it’s not like it’s fresh news. It’s always something of a surprise, then, when word gets out about teachers who decide to openly defy the Constitution.

Biological Warfare: Battles Under Way In Texas And Louisiana Over Science Education

It looks like Texas is due for another round of fussing and fighting over creationism in public schools.

The state Board of Education continues to be dominated by Religious Right zealots who refuse to accept modern science and seek to teach religiously based concepts in biology classes. (They also reject accepted history. Remember, these are the people who hired “Christian nation” propagandist David Barton to help rewrite their social studies standards.)

Fighting The Establishment: Will The Royal Wedding Be The Church Of England’s Last Hurrah?

As much as I love our friends across the pond, I suspect I’m not the only one who’s already tired of hearing about England’s royal wedding – and it hasn’t even happened yet. I’m thinking of engaging in a media blackout on Friday.

But one aspect of the event did catch my attention: The gala affair has put the spotlight on the Church of England and the close relationship between religion and government in the United Kingdom.

College Class: Students Express Support For Church-State Separation

It’s always a pleasure to find fellow church-state separationists who are as passionate about the First Amendment as we at Americans United are.

This week, two college students have taken the time to speak out against what they see is unconstitutional government mingling with religion.

Pennsylvania Voucher Stumbles in the Senate

Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate had scheduled a floor vote on SB 1, a bill to create a statewide, taxpayer-funded private school voucher program. The bill never made it to the floor, however, after hours of closed-door meetings among Republican leadership. Proponents of the bill claim that consideration was delayed because Senate leadership needs time to make minor changes to the bill, but other reports say the leadership is scrambling for votes due to concerns about the cost of the program. Last week's delay, however, is not permanent and the bill may move early this week.

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