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.
A courtroom in Richmond, Va., will be the site of a church-state showdown on Thursday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in an important case dealing with official prayer before government bodies. Americans United will be there.
Every year around the National Day of Prayer (NDP) – which occurred last Thursday – Americans United gets really busy.
Media outlets and various interest groups want to hear our take on the government-mandated day to pray, which started in 1952 when Congress passed a federal statute ordering the president to declare a prayer day each year. (In 1998, the NDP was codified as the first Thursday of every May.)
One of my favorite places in Washington, D.C., is the National Mall. When you stand in the center with the U.S. Capitol on one end, the Washington Monument on the other and the Smithsonian museums flanking the sides, you can’t help but feel you’re having the quintessential D.C. experience.
Because the mall is so popular, it has become a type of free-speech zone. People often stand around hoisting signs with various political or religious messages and pass out literature.
The Rochester, NY Chapter is sponsoring an event to discuss the role of Intelligent Design in American life. “From Darwin to Dover: The Rise and Decline of Intelligent Design,” will feature video from the Nova program “Judgment Day,” a look into the 2005 Dover, PA case ruling ID was inherently religious. Additionally, footage of Judge Jones describing his ruling will complement discussion on the role of science and public school education.
David Barton is the scariest Religious Right leader you never heard of.
But that’s beginning to change. Today, The New York Times offered readers a front-page report on Barton, a “self-taught historian who is described by several conservative presidential aspirants as a valued adviser and a source of historical and biblical justification for their policies.”
Communities across the country continue to squabble over what they should do about prayers before government meetings.
The latest flashpoint is Eau Claire County, Wisc., where the Board of Supervisors has voted 23-4 to replace its invocation with a “moment of reflection.”