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Freshwater Fired: Ohio Teacher’s Classroom Crusade – Finally – Comes To An End

We’ve written several times about the antics of John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who was accused of teaching creationism and promoting religion in class.

It took a while, but there is good news to report: Freshwater has been fired.

Chafee Chafes Cleric: New Rhode Island Governor Opts Out Of Government-Sponsored Prayer

Lincoln D. Chafee may be new to the Rhode Island governor’s office, but he certainly isn’t new to the Constitution.

According to a report in the Providence Journal, Chafee did not follow in his predecessors’ footsteps by intermingling religion and government in his inaugural activities. Instead, the new governor chose not to hold an inaugural public prayer service on the morning of his swearing-in.

Orange County Hosts Eddie Tabash

The Orange County chapter’s January event features Edward Tabash, Esq., speaking on: "The Religious Right, Stronger Than Ever."  This presentation will focus on the resurgent power of the religious right and the looming threat of theocracy.  Among the examples that will be given to demonstrate this dangerous march toward religious tyranny will be the assault on gay rights, along with other instances of the attempt to undo the modern secular state.

The event takes place on Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 PM, at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine

Questionable Quiz: Why The Military’s ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Test Flunks

Let’s say you’re applying for a job. You would expect to be rated on your skills, work experience and abilities, education level and even your attitude.

What about your “spiritual fitness”?

Unless you’re applying to be the minister of a local church, it shouldn’t matter, right? What you believe (or don’t believe) about God would seem to have little bearing on your ability to work at a widget factory, do office work or sell cars.

Congress And Religion: Who Prays Where – And Why It Doesn’t Much Matter

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life just released some interesting information about the 112th Congress.

Despite being vastly different politically from the 111th Congress, it’s not all that different religiously, according to Pew’s analysis. Nor are members’ religious affiliations much different than the general public.

Cross Clarification: Appeals Court Rules That Central Symbol Of Christianity Does Not Represent All War Dead

A federal appeals court yesterday ruled that a 43-foot cross atop Mt. Soledad near San Diego is an example of government favoritism toward one religion and is thus unconstitutional.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but, incredibly, this case has been knocking around in the courts for two decades. More remarkably, a lower court ruled in 2008 that the cross is a secular symbol that memorializes all war dead.

Founded On Freedom: Treaty With Tripoli Reminds U.S. Of Our Origins

A new year is just getting started and Religious Right activists are already agitating for a government based on their fundamentalist Christian beliefs.

Blogger Shane Vander Hart discusses a new book by Dr. Wayne Grudem, professor of systematic theology at Phoenix Seminary, called Politics According to the Bible. In Grudem’s tome, he claims that anyone who thinks the government should exclude religion is plain wrong.

‘Equal Access’ In Utah: Gay-Straight Alliances At Public Schools Have The Religious Right To Thank

Back in the 1980s, a number of Religious Right groups got a bright idea: Since public schools can’t legally sponsor prayer and other religious activities, perhaps it would be better to foster the creation of student-run clubs in high schools that would meet during non-instructional time to pray, read the Bible and talk about religion. A draft bill was proposed in Congress.

New Poll says 4 in 10 Americans Believe in Strict Creationism

By Nate Hennagin

A new Gallup Poll released last week says that 40% of Americans believe in a strict creationist view of the world in which evolution did not take place and God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago. Among those who did not fall into that category, 38% believe that evolution did take place, but was guided by a higher power and 16% believe human life evolved without the involvement of any kind of deity.

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