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Taxpayer Tithes: House Speaker Uses Budget Deal To Fund Religious Schools With Your Tax Dollars

It’s a gorgeous spring day in Washington today. Sadly, it’s likely to be an ugly day for church-state separation.

This afternoon, both houses of Congress are expected to vote on a budget deal that includes federal taxpayer funding to reauthorize and expand the Washington, D.C., school voucher program.

My Birthday Wish For Thomas Jefferson: An End To The Religious Right’s Lies About Him

Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and my modest gift to him is to debunk the latest David Barton nonsense about our third president.

Barton, a Religious Right historical revisionist who promotes discredited “Christian nation” propaganda, has lately taken aim at one of Jefferson’s most famous projects: The so-called “Jefferson Bible.” As usual, Barton’s version has only a passing relationship with the truth.

Florida Folly: Constitutional Change Would Harm Religious Liberty, Clergy Say

Americans United often points out the church-state separation is not only good for government, it’s also good for religion.

Yesterday, three members of the clergy – a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian minister and a rabbi – made that clear in a letter to Florida legislators. They wrote to oppose SJR 1218, a measure that tears down the church-state wall erected by the state constitution.

Orange County (CA) Presents Prof. Wendy Gonave

The Orange County chapter’s April 16th event features Professor Wendy Gonaver.  She will be speaking on: "Freedom of Religion vs. the State Loyalty Oath: A Quaker Pacifist’s Story.”  In 2007 Wendy Gonaver was fired from California State University, Fullerton when she asked to submit an addendum to the state loyalty oath.  Her objection: As a Quaker Pacifist she wanted to be clear that the obligation to “defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic” did not include taking up arms. 

Commandments Crusade: La. Parish Ignores Court Rulings, Pushes Religious Display

Some people just have to learn everything the hard way.

According to a Louisiana newspaper, the Rapides Parish Police Jury has voted 8-1 to put the Ten Commandments on courtroom walls. (A police jury is what the people in some parts of Louisiana call their county council; its members are elected by the voters.)

The jury approved a motion to display the Decalogue, despite a strong warning from jury legal counsel.

Unorthodox Deal: Jewish Group In New York May Have Traded Political Support For State Aid

The state of New York faces a daunting budget shortfall of $10 billion. The state’s public schools and universities have been told to expect a 10 percent across-the-board funding cut.

So naturally it’s time for state legislators to approve an $18 million appropriation for Orthodox Jewish seminary students.

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