By Nate Hennagin
Public education officials in Giles County, Va., can’t say they weren’t warned.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wrote to school officials recently telling them to remove Ten Commandments displays from the schools. The officials were also advised by their own attorney to take down the religious posters.
At first, they did. But when members of the community complained, the school board voted to put the Ten Commandments back into the schools.
Texas should have seen this coming.
The Lone Star State has received a “D” for the bogus public school social studies curriculum that its State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted last year.
The icing on the cake is that this letter grade comes from a report issued by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank.
I’ve written before about a situation in Montgomery County, Md., where state officials seem determined to turn construction of a new medical facility over to group affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Longtime readers of “The Wall of Separation” might remember William “Jerry” Boykin, an Army general who in 2003 sparked controversy for giving speeches to fundamentalist Christian audiences during which he asserted, among other things, that Muslims worship idols and that the real enemy of America is not Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein but Satan.
A Louisiana high school senior is on a mission to save science education in his home state.
Zachary Kopplin, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, wants to see the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act repealed, and he’s working with state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) to garner support for a bill she plans to introduce in April that will do just that.
One of his first stops to rally the troops was the Darwin Day event put on by the Louisiana chapter of Americans United last weekend at a Unitarian church in Baton Rouge.
The Orange County chapter’s February event features Hussam Ayloush, Southern California Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He will be speaking on: "Battling Islamophobia." This presentation will focus the challenges faced by the Islamic community such as combating those who are taking America in a direction that involves xenophobia, division, hatred, incivility and intolerance.
By Nate Hennagin
Is being a foe of church-state separation a prerequisite to being elected in Kentucky? How else can you explain all the work Kentucky government officials have done in the past two months to chip away at the church-state wall?
Yesterday, in the latest anti-separation move, the Kentucky Senate passed a measure that would mandate creation of an official Bible curriculum for Kentucky’s public schools.