I wrote recently about Americans United’s protest against the use of a church for public school graduation in Cherokee County, Ga., and how it had stirred up some local residents. Apparently, our actions also caught the attention of folks in some other parts of the country as well.
Chicago mayoral candidate James T. Meeks doesn’t understand why his church can’t support his run for office.
As a pastor, he speaks from the pulpit every Sunday, mindful of the federal tax law that prevents him from seeking campaign support from his congregation.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Meeks says he follows the rules but he’s not happy about them.
I was at a holiday dinner party in Philadelphia over the weekend, and the Austrian history professor sitting next to me asked what I did for a living. I explained my work with Americans United for Separation of Church and State and waited for his response.
He smiled wryly and said his fellow Europeans had solved the church-state problem long ago.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at least has one thing right: taxpayers should never be required to fund discrimination.
Earlier this month, Beshear outraged scientists, civil liberties activists and, indeed, lots of people who care about reasonable and responsible government, with his plan to provide tax incentives for the developers of a creationism-themed park featuring a full-size rendering of Noah’s ark.
It appears that the state of Louisiana has come finally come to its senses when it comes to science education.
The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 8-2 yesterday to approve high school biology textbooks that teach sound science, despite complaints by creationists who felt the books gave too much credibility to the theory of evolution.
Just in case anyone is wondering, allow me to state, for the record, that Americans United for Separation of Church and State does not support the imposition of Islamic law on anyone in this country.
Of course, it would be unlikely that this would ever happen. Estimates of the U.S. Muslim population vary, but the high end is about 6 million – in a nation of more than 300 million people.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is not happy this holiday season.
He feels his religious beliefs have been snubbed now that his hometown has taken the word “Christmas” out of its seasonal parade and exchanged it for the word “holiday.”
“I feel like if they take Christ out, then take me out, too," said Inhofe, despite the fact that the parade is still replete with Christmas symbols and decorations.
By Nate Hennagin
On November 18, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the Faith-Based Initiative. As we reported, AU’s own Barry Lynn testified at the hearing along with Professor Douglas Laycock and Professor Melissa Rogers, who also served as chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Every now and then you read a smackdown that can only be called definitive.
I experienced one of those moments recently reading Kathleen Kennedy’s Townsend’s response to Sarah Palin’s recent observations about President John F. Kennedy’s views on religion and politics.