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Wallbuilders’ Narrow Notion: Religious Liberty For Me, But Not For Thee

Recently, Americans United weighed in on a case that challenged discriminatory hiring practices at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

We sided with a Wiccan clergyman, Patrick McCollum, who was a qualified candidate for a paid chaplain position but could not be considered because of his religious beliefs. At the prison, those positions are only available to those who are Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or Native American.

The Mayor’s Mistake: California Official Should Apologize For ‘Christian Community’ Comment

Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, Calif., is laboring under the delusion that his city is an officially “Christian community.” Americans United is trying to set him straight.

Parris sparked controversy a few days ago when, during a state of the city address, he remarked, “We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that.”

Parris went on to insist that ministers should have the right to open meetings of the city council using sectarian references, such as “in Jesus’ name.”

Poor Sight: U.S. Military Should Ditch Firm That Added Bible Verses To Rifle Scopes

The situation regarding the role of religion in the U.S. military just got a whole lot stranger.

ABC News is reporting that a major manufacturer of rifle scopes has been engraving citations from the New Testament on the sights. The company, Trijicon, freely admits what it has done and defends its action.

Religious Freedom For All: Another Dream Of Dr. Martin Luther King

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.

Robertson's Rude Remarks Repudiated: Nation Reacts To Latest Televangelist Outburst

TV preacher Pat Robertson's recent callous comments about Haiti have attracted quite a bit of attention.

Once again, Robertson has stuck his foot firmly into his mouth. Americans United and many other groups have issued statements denouncing him. Progressive commentators like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann have blasted him. I expect the editorial cartoonists will have a field day.

Social Studies Smackdown: Texas Faces Moment Of Truth On Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education will debate and discuss what to do about the future of the state's social studies curriculum, before taking the first of two votes on the issue tomorrow.

The Board's discussion will likely incorporate the advice members heard in testimony yesterday from citizens who signed up to speak, all conveying thoughts on what would be best for the students of Texas.