I love reading history (although unlike “Christian nation” propagandist David Barton, I don’t believe this habit qualifies me as a historian). Recently I’ve been enjoying Phillip Jenkins’ Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years.
Working for Americans United, I sometimes hear about public school officials who have a very poor understanding of the Constitution.
But no matter how many times I hear these stories, it still always shocks me that there are educators out there who refuse to respect the rights of all students, not just the majority.
That’s what’s happening in Bastrop, La., right now. A graduating senior who is an atheist has asked his school to discontinue prayers at commencement.
A recent poll showed that, for the first time, most Americans support extending civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. The number stands at 53 percent but is expected to grow in the years to come. Younger people are much more likely to favor the idea.
Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending.
That’s House Speaker John Boehner’s mantra and the reason the House Republicans claim they were put in charge.
Yet despite this, Boehner and his friends are continuing to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for a House chaplain. Boehner has nominated the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Jesuit priest and theology teacher at a Catholic school in Portland, Ore., to fill the position.
I’ve had occasion to hear followers of the Tea Party speak at Religious Right gatherings. To put it mildly, they seem to be very perturbed over government spending. They claim they want lower taxes, less spending and smaller government.
So what are they doing in Pennsylvania demanding that the state government create a massive new welfare program for religious and other private schools?
If it were left up to Gov. Chris Christie, public education in New Jersey would be a free-for-all.
At a town hall in Manalapan, N.J., last week, Christie said he believes public school districts should get to determine whether to teach creationism in science classes because that’s a decision that should be made “at the local level.”
When asked at a press conference yesterday about this issue again, Christie reiterated his stance.
By Nate Hennagin
Bart Simpson showed up at the Illinois legislature yesterday to lobby for character education in the public schools.
Well, not Bart himself. It was Nancy Cartwright, the actress who does Bart’s voice on the Fox cartoon comedy “The Simpsons.”
By Nate Hennagin
Last Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Oversight Hearing on the Department of Justice," at which Attorney General Eric Holder was the sole witness. Committee members questioned him on the actions of the Department of Justice, ranging from homeland security and interrogation techniques, to gun control.
Come November, the people of Missouri will vote on whether they have the right to pray privately in public places – a right that all Americans already have.
Sadly, some legislators in the Show Me State don’t seem to get that. That’s why both the House and Senate just passed the Religious Freedom in Public Places Act (HJR 2), a measure that proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen’s right to pray and worship on public property, including public schools.