I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of students from Georgetown University at Americans United’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. This bright group of students had chosen to spend their Spring Break visiting several D.C. non-profits.
The Religious Right’s favorite wannabe historian is at it again – this time making some rather unusual claims about how tithing to a church will make your car run longer and your clothes more durable.
Barton, the Texas trickster who is famous for tall tales as tremendous as a ten-gallon hat, recently talked to Glenn Beck as part of his “Foundations of Freedom” series. During that chat, Barton opined that giving away 10 percent of your income will lead to some very specific (and very odd) blessings from God.
It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s candidacy has created a conundrum for the Republican Party. In primary after primary, America’s most famous businessman peels the party’s bloc away from establishment candidates like Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).
Meanwhile, state legislatures in Georgia and North Carolina just propelled discriminatory bills to the desks of their respective governors – much to the dismay of business communities in both states.
Another stunt by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has collapsed after a federal court said that an Idaho wedding venue, which refused to perform same-sex weddings, is not being persecuted because it is already exempt from anti-discrimination laws.
This case involves Don and Evelyn Knapp, owners of the Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene. The Knapps are ordained ministers in the Four Square Gospel and they claim their religious beliefs prohibit them from performing same-sex weddings – even though their facility was a for-profit business at the time this all took place.
Almost exactly three years ago, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on a far-right radio program and predicted that the country was on the verge of revolution.
If the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality, Perkins opined, the United States might split in two.
Americans United joined over 15 other organizations last Wednesday morning outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in a show of support for the right of all women to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions. The groups, which included both secular and faith-based organizations, gathered on the steps of the court in response to the hearing of Zubik v. Burwell. AU presented a brief to the court on behalf of more than 240 students from religiously affiliated universities that could be impacted by this decision.
Days after recommending that the U.S. government place Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance, presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a list of “religious liberty” policy recommendations formulated by his Religious Liberty Advisory Council.
I spent several hours yesterday morning hanging around outside the Supreme Court. It was a very lively scene.
People of faith who live in the United States sometimes have to make compromises between their personal beliefs and following the law. As far as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is concerned, there is no obvious way to distinguish when violating one’s faith is acceptable and when it isn’t.
“Sometimes when a religious person…is a member of a society he does have to accept all sorts of things that are terrible to him,” said Kennedy during oral arguments this morning in the consolidated case of Zubik v. Burwell.
A Kentucky elementary school has a strange concept of what constitutes a reward given that it took a group of students to Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in 2012 as a prize for having “perfect” attendance.
“Perfect” belongs in quotes, here, because Lee County Elementary in Petersburg, Ky., has a rather flexible definition of perfection: students could miss one day of school and still qualify for flawless attendance. (Who knew perfection was open to interpretation?)