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Traveling With ‘The Family’: Secretive Evangelical Group Bankrolled Overseas Trips For Members Of Congress, Newspaper Says

The infamous evangelical Christian organization, “The Family” is making headlines again.

According to Roll Call newspaper, several members of Congress have accepted just over $101,000 worth of free international travel from The Family, also known as the Fellowship Foundation. The group footed the bill for 13 foreign trips, ostensibly so congressmen could meet and pray with political leaders in other countries.

Something’s Rotten In The Big Apple: Politicians Seek To Fund Rabbinical School Tuition

New York taxpayers may soon be footing an $18 million annual bill to pay for rabbinical training.

Yes, you read that right.

According to the New York Post, elected officials in the Empire State have struck a backroom deal to expand the Tuition Assistance Program to pick up the tab for 3,660 students at a few dozen rabbinical schools in New York City and its suburbs.

Religious Schools And Bias: America Must Not Vouch For Parochial Discrimination

As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.

Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.

Prayer Day Politics: In Louisiana, Religion And Government Mix Like Oil And Water

I understand why people living along the Gulf Coast are frustrated. The BP oil spill is an unmitigated environmental disaster, with as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil pouring into the region every day.

What’s especially frustrating is that, despite all of our modern technology and know-how, we don’t seem to be able to plug the well. The oil just keeps gushing forth.

At The Movies: New Documentary Examines Mormon Church Influence On Prop. 8 Vote

An interesting documentary is opening in some major cities this weekend, and if you get the chance, I’d suggest that you check it out.

Titled “8: The Mormon Proposition,” the film examines the role the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) played in helping pass Proposition 8 in California, which repealed marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Tax Dollars, Sectarian Bias: Publicly Funded Evangelical Agency Fights For Religious Discrimination

If Sylvia Spencer took a job at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, no one would ask her what her religious beliefs are. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of Americans would be horrified to think that such a consideration could affect her employment prospects for a position providing publicly funded social services.

HHS officials should ascertain her qualifications for the task at hand, and that would be it.

Truce Or Consequences: Religious Right Shoots Down Talk Of Cease-Fire In The ‘Culture Wars’

Is it time for a truce in the “culture wars”?

Indiana’s Republican governor, Mitch Daniels, thought so – for about five minutes. Under outraged pressure from the Religious Right, he quickly reversed himself.

The drama began last week when Daniels told the right-wing Weekly Standard that it is time for the country to put social issues aside and deal with pressing economic concerns.