Ten years ago, the Santa Fe (Texas) Independent School District was just another American town that loved its high school football team. On Friday evenings, students congregated in metal bleachers to cheer for their friends, parents attended with camcorders and warm coffee in gloved hands, and full recaps of exciting games were printed in the local papers.
TV evangelist Pat Robertson’s 80th birthday is on Monday, and to mark that momentous occasion, the Virginia legislature decided to pass a resolution lauding him a great American, visionary leader and all-around swell fellow.
The resolution is full of the “whereases” and flowery language that are common in this type of thing. It lauds Robertson’s creation of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Regent University, the American Center for Law and Justice and the Christian Coalition.
On Tuesday morning, I found out that a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning on a school prayer bill in the Florida House PreK-12 Education Policy Committee. This bill has been around for a number of years, and thankfully, hasn’t been passed by the legislature.
What happens in Texas, unfortunately, may not stay in Texas.
That’s the concern for many religious leaders, historians and civil liberties activists who are appalled at the Texas State Board of Education’s actions last week. The board is currently revising the state’s social studies curriculum and has decided to base the new standards on their personal ideological beliefs instead of real history.
Senator Lieberman's DC voucher amendment was defeated yesterday in the Senate, 42-55! This is a great victory for public education and religious liberty! Hopefully, this will be one of the last attempts to expand vouchers in DC - we'll be watching closely for further developments.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I- Conn.) can definitely count on The Washington Post to lend a hand when it comes to his crusade for school vouchers in the District of Columbia.
Today, the Post added to the seemingly endless stream of editorials it has already published in support of the D.C. voucher program, which uses federal funds to pay for tuition at religious and other private schools.
This week, the Senate appears poised to finally take up an amendment sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that would extend and expand the failed DC school voucher program.
For several years now, Americans United and other groups have spoken out against religious hiring bias in taxpayer-funded “faith-based” programs.
The issue to many people might seem like a legal abstraction. That’s why it’s helpful to occasionally have a human face put on the controversy.
Consider the case of Saad Mohammad Ali, a Washington state resident who volunteered for the evangelical Christian agency World Relief for six months.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that use of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the separation of church and state.
The 2-1 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest decision in a long-running legal campaign by Michael Newdow, a California atheist activist, to have “under God” declared unconstitutional.