It’s Presidents’ Day! Sure, it’s not the most exciting of federal holidays – too cold for fireworks and picnics, and Hallmark doesn’t actually make any cards for it – but it’s a nice break from work for those who get the day off.
The state of New York has foreclosed on a virulently anti-LGBT church in New York City. DNAInfo New York reports that Atlah Worldwide Church and its pastor, the Rev. James Manning, owe $194,000 for unpaid water bills.
Some far-right Christians have a hard time obeying the law. Among them is Religious Right attorney Matt Barber, who really dislikes the idea of church-state separation and particularly has a bone to pick with the Internal Revenue Code’s prohibition against pulpit politicking by houses of worship.
In a recent column, Barber spouted the tired, old line that “the words ‘separation of church and state’ are found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution….”
Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary last night, and he split the state’s evangelical vote to do it. According to The Washington Post, Trump won 27 percent of self-identified evangelicals. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won 23 percent and placed third in the primary overall.
My name is Erin Taylor, and I want to formally introduce myself as the new Field Director at AU. Since I started work in late January, it’s been a very busy and productive time (even with the snow storm interruption last week), and I am just now getting my feet under me and starting to move ahead. I’m very excited to be working at AU.
A Georgia group apparently thinks forcing more prayer into public schools will cure all sorts of societal problems.
During a rally yesterday on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol, a group called the Legislative Clergy Council gathered along with a handful of clergy and some students from Morehouse College in support of a student prayer bill.
You don’t have to look far to find examples of attacks on mosques in the United States.
I spent just a few minutes on Google recently and came across headlines like “Crimes Against Muslim Americans and Mosques Rise Sharply,” “Anti-Muslim attacks occurring in record numbers across U.S.” and “Hate Attacks on Muslims in U.S. Spike After Recent Acts of Terrorism.”
An independent research group that has employed dozens of Nobel Prize winners recently uncovered some devastating data about Louisiana’s voucher program: Students who participate in the scheme actually do worse academically than if they had stayed in public schools.