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Orange County AU Presents a Free Movie and Discussion!

On Saturday, August 21st, the Orange County chapter of Americans United will be screening the documentary Jesus Politics for free! The film, made by an Israeli émigré, explores the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election, and contains invaluable interviews with a variety of religious leaders who have become involved with the political process. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow the film. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover exactly how crucial—and endangered—the wall of separation is in 21st century America!

The event will take place on Saturday, August 21st at 2:00 PM at the Irvine Ranch Water District on 15600 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA.
For more information, contact Steph Campbell at (714) 299-4551 or orangecountyau@yahoo.com.

Mercenary Missionaries: Religious Right’s Move In Zimbabwe Resurrects Sorry History

TV preacher Pat Robertson and other Religious Right leaders have long been interested in the continent of Africa. They seem to believe that they can find a country there to serve as a laboratory for their misguided social agenda – as well as plunder any wealth the area may have.

It reeks of the worst form of old-style colonialism.

Most recently, Robertson minions have invaded Zimbabwe, a landlocked nation in southern Africa long afflicted with government corruption and poverty.

Unintelligent By Design: Louisiana School District Considers Teaching Creationism

Members of the Livingston Parish School Board in Louisiana may be on the verge of making a huge mistake – one that could cost their community a lot of money.

During a recent meeting, several board members went off on a tangent about teaching creationism. During this public session, they openly discussed their desire to bring religion into the classroom. It was not a wise move.

Moore’s The Pity: Former Alabama ‘Commandments’ Judge Is Still Angling For Attention

Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore doesn’t let too much time go by before he cries out for some more attention.

Yesterday, he was quoted in a Birmingham News blog, in which he offered another anti-church-state separation rant. The blog was about a letter Americans United sent to an Alabama school board opposing official prayers before meetings.

Rutherford Road Trip: An Interesting Conversation With Interns, Ex-Theocrats and Even Two Liberty U. Students

If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would one day be giving a lecture at the Rutherford Institute (TRI), I would have scoffed.

“The Rutherford Institute!” I probably would have snorted. “They don’t support church-state separation! Why would I want to talk to them?”

Yet there I was yesterday in Charlottesville, Va., talking to a crowd of Rutherford interns and residents of the community (including three Americans United members). In fact, this was the third summer running that I’ve spoken at TRI.

Mayoral Mistake: Harrisburg Official’s Staff Meeting Prayers Are Wrong

Let’s say your boss holds a prayer meeting every morning at 10. Let’s say you’re not comfortable attending. At the next prayer meeting, your boss says, “Anyone who doesn’t like this can go stand in the hall while the rest of us pray.”

What are the chances you’ll walk into the hall? Isn’t it more likely you’ll be worried about getting on the bad side of your boss? Won’t you fret over your next promotion or raise – or even keeping your job in this troubling economy?

Faith In Freedom: Religious Groups Oppose Sectarian Invocations At N.C. Government Meetings

Religious Right groups regularly insist that all devout Americans, especially Christians, must be against the separation of church and state.

As usual, they’re completely off the mark. In fact, many people of faith are among the strongest supporters of church-state separation. And we have a new piece of evidence.

Trouble In Paradise?: Religious Right Organizes In An Unlikely Place – Hawaii

Earlier this week, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a bill that would have created civil unions in the state.

In her veto message, Lingle talked about how she agonized over the decision. She said she has always opposed extending marriage rights to same-sex couples and concluded that this bill was essentially marriage under another guise.

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