On Wednesday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled unconstitutional a 2006 state law that required the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to stress "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the commonwealth."
U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy certainly led an interesting life. Known as a champion of the poor and downtrodden, he was also a powerful advocate for religious liberty and church-state separation who was adept at forging unlikely alliances with conservative Republicans.
One of the more unusual episodes in Kennedy's life occurred on Oct. 3, 1983, when the senator spoke at what was then known as Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Va. -- now Liberty University.
That's right – Kennedy once gave a major address at the Rev. Jerry Falwell's school!
Is Americans United for Separation of Church and State "one of the most dangerous organizations in America"?
Mat Staver seems to think so.
Staver, dean of the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University Law School and president of Liberty Counsel, went on a tiresome tirade about AU in today's edition of One News Now, the wacky Wildmon family's "news service."
What could have provoked Staver's ire?
If you live near Houston you won't want to miss the Houston AU Chapter's September 12 event featuring Dr. Barbara Forrest. The program begins at 10:00 AM, at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway.
My family and I enjoyed a nice vacation last week in Boston and its environs. The weather was clear, and the days were full.
We spent some time at the beach, but like dads everywhere, I made sure to mix a little education in with our recreation. Thus, we trooped along Boston's celebrated "Freedom Trail" (in 96-degree heat!), visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord and spent a day in Salem.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded over 60 years ago to stand as a voice on behalf of religious freedom. Our first staff, first board of directors, and first members understood that the philosophical differences between church-state separationists and the Religious Right had serious implications for the American public and our Constitution.
The propaganda campaign on behalf of school vouchers in the District of Columbia is deplorable but relentless.
Yesterday, 70 or so parents, children and paid lobbyists rallied on behalf of the federally funded "D. C. Opportunity Scholarship" program in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
A situation in Des Moines, Iowa, this week has painted a perfect picture of what could happen if Religious Right forces succeed in their push for overly broad "religious accommodation" laws for the workplace.
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) currently displays ads on all of its buses. Most recently, the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have purchased space on many DART buses for this message: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone."
Texas is headed for more shootouts over church-state separation, pardner!
In 2007, the legislature passed a law encouraging public school districts to offer elective courses on the Old and New Testaments and "their impact on the history and literature of Western civilization."
Is America on the verge of a holy war?
One writer seems to think so. In a provocative Esquire article, John H. Richardson detects an increasingly radical – and potentially violent – stream of religious-political activism afoot in the United States.