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Bits And Pieces: A Roundup Of News You Might Have Missed

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for our semi-regular feature of news about church-state separation and the Religious Right that you might have missed. Be warned, some of the stories this week are about sex!

  • Opposition to gays serving in the military continues to crumble as Congress moves to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the Clinton years. The Religious Right is in quite a lather over this.

Invocation Infraction: N.C. Commission Votes To Continue Sectarian Prayer

Some residents of Henderson County, N.C., seem determined to fight unnecessary battles.

According to news reports, the Henderson County Commission held a meeting last night to hear from the community and take a final vote on whether its monthly meetings should continue to open with sectarian invocations.

Lone Star Scrape: State School Board Approves Bogus Social Studies Curriculum

We knew things weren’t going to turn out well in Texas once we heard Cynthia Dunbar’s invocation on Friday morning.

Before the Texas State Board of Education voted on the controversial social studies curriculum, Dunbar prayed for what she hoped students would learn in public schools.

Messin’ With Texas: Religious Right Faction Faces Blowback Over Social Studies Standards

The right-wing fundamentalist bloc on the Texas State Board of Education is bound and determined to rewrite American history. As reported here recently, member Don McLeroy has proposed amending Social Studies standards to cast doubt on the legitimacy of separation of church and state.

Go, Idaho!: Federal Judge Rules Against Religious Right Charter School

Idaho’s state slogan is “Great Potatoes, Tasty Destinations.” I’d like to add a third item: “Scrumptious Church-State Decisions.”

In a major defeat for the Religious Right, a federal court in Idaho has ruled that public charter schools have no constitutional right to use the Bible as part of their curriculum.

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