The Orange County chapter’s April 16th event features Professor Wendy Gonaver. She will be speaking on: "Freedom of Religion vs. the State Loyalty Oath: A Quaker Pacifist’s Story.” In 2007 Wendy Gonaver was fired from California State University, Fullerton when she asked to submit an addendum to the state loyalty oath. Her objection: As a Quaker Pacifist she wanted to be clear that the obligation to “defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic” did not include taking up arms.
The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a shutdown of the federal government has been the talk of the nation. Pundits are going over the agreement with a microscope, listing the winners and losers.
We already know one loser: religious liberty.
Some people just have to learn everything the hard way.
According to a Louisiana newspaper, the Rapides Parish Police Jury has voted 8-1 to put the Ten Commandments on courtroom walls. (A police jury is what the people in some parts of Louisiana call their county council; its members are elected by the voters.)
The jury approved a motion to display the Decalogue, despite a strong warning from jury legal counsel.
The state of New York faces a daunting budget shortfall of $10 billion. The state’s public schools and universities have been told to expect a 10 percent across-the-board funding cut.
So naturally it’s time for state legislators to approve an $18 million appropriation for Orthodox Jewish seminary students.
Thanks to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, it will now be a lot easier for the government to fund religion.
The high court, in a 5-4 decision in Arizona Christian Tuition Organization v. Winn, ruled that taxpayers have no right to challenge tax credits, exemptions or deductions that support religious organizations.
By Nate Hennagin
Every year around Halloween, Religious Right groups start whining about an alleged “war on Christmas.” According to them, advocates of church-state separation have teamed up with politically correct secularists to drive all mention of the December holiday out of public life.
Yesterday, my colleague Rob Boston reminded us that the Religious Right’s influence is alive and well.
South Dakota legislators recently passed a controversial law placing new restrictions on abortion. A three-day waiting period (the longest in the nation) has drawn the most attention, but another provision is problematic from a church-state perspective. It requires any woman seeking an abortion to first undergo “counseling” at a “crisis pregnancy center.”