U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said on “Hot Tea” radio yesterday that she is sick of “radical leftist organizations” that “intimidate Christians” from speaking about politics from the pulpit.
Bachmann called for Congress to repeal the federal law that prevents all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing candidates.
The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.
A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away from the floor. Republicans held the vote open for more than 40 minutes to gather the necessary votes. It later cleared the Senate only as a result of a procedural move.
Sixty-two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that “released time,” a program whereby public schools set aside class time for on-campus religious instruction, violated the constitutional separation between church and state.
The 1948 decision, McCollum v. Board of Education, was a landmark in application of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause to church-state violations occurring in the public schools.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of six imams who traveled from Tajikistan to learn about the American system of government.
On their list of stops in Washington was Americans United’s office. They wanted to hear from us about religious liberty in the United States.
On Feb. 24, a tragedy occurred at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. A six-ton killer whale known as Tillikum pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau underwater to her death in front of a crowd of horrified spectators watching a show.
Brancheau’s tragic death has led to some soul searching: What should be done with Tillikum? Is it ever appropriate to keep killer whales (also known as orcas) in captivity? Is it right to expect these animals to perform for our amusement?
The issue of prayer before government meetings continues to generate controversy around the country. Yesterday I mentioned a flap in Sevier County, Tenn., where members of the Board of Commissioners routinely open their meetings with the Lord’s Prayer.
This Saturday (Feb. 27) the Upstate South Carolina County Chapter is holding an event featuring Robert Moss and George Daly, starting at 12 Noon.
Robert Moss and his attorney George Daly will discuss their lawsuit which has reached the Federal Courts on allowing academic credit for Bible study in the state of South Carolina. Mr. Moss has a daughter that attends high school in Spartanburg, SC.
The event takes place at the Handlebar Restaurant, 304 East Stone Ave., in Greenville. Get there in time for the buffet lunch ($13) and to network with everyone!
If you are in the Willow Grove, PA, area on Sunday you won't want to miss AU's Rob Boston. Rob is speaking on: "What I've Learned From the Religious Right" -- the presentation begins at 1:30 PM.
Rob Boston is senior policy analyst at Americans United, also serves as assistant editor of AU's "Church & State" magazine. He is the author of three books: "Close Encounters with the Religious Right," "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition" and "Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State." Rob has made numerous media appearances, among them Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor," MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and CNN's "Anderson Cooper."
The event takes place at the Upper Moreland Library, 109 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA.
As last week came to a close, the Secular Coalition of America – an advocacy group made up of atheists, agnostics and humanists – had a chance to meet with members of the Obama Administration.
The meeting on Friday reportedly marked the first time American non-believers have ever met with White House officials, and it really struck a nerve with the Religious Right.