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Lone Star Scrape: Texas Hearings On Social Studies Curriculum May Get Heated

The showdown in Texas over religion in the classroom continues this week.

The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings on the social studies curriculum. And, as we have reported before, what should be a simple discussion based on recommendations from historians has turned into a debate fueled by the Religious Right to push "Christian nation" propaganda.

Leading the way are David Barton and the Rev. Peter Marshall, two well-known Religious Right activists who were selected by the board to sit on the six-member social studies curriculum review panel.

Testifying At The Piggly Wiggly: Candidate Professes Faith In 'Every Word' Of The Bible

Some people in Alabama seem to have their priorities mixed up.

There's a Republican gubernatorial primary currently underway in the state, and you would think that citizens would be focused on the candidates' positions on issues such as education, health care and the economy. What has some people reeling, though, is a candidate's views on the Bible!

Back in November, the Mobile Press-Register quoted candidate Bradley Byrne as saying, "I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not."

Dobson Unretires: Religious Right Honcho Plans New Radio Show

Told ya so!

Back in April, when Religious Right bigwig James Dobson announced his "retirement" from Focus on the Family, Americans United was skeptical. We pointed out that while Dobson was giving up some managerial duties, he still planned to broadcast over the radio, issue monthly letters to supporters and hand out political endorsements. It didn't look like much was changing.

Pat's Prognosis: TV Preacher Robertson's Forecast Is Bleak, But He's Riding High In Virginia

As the new year turns, most Americans make pretty conventional resolutions: I will lose enough weight to fit back into my skinny jeans, I'm going to finally assemble the IKEA bookshelf that's been collecting dust in my basement, this season I'm going to play kickball — and I'm going to be good.

Our resolutions are frequently mundane and rarely more than fleeting moments of inspiration, immediately forgotten and tucked safely away along with those old rock -washed jeans from high school.

Religious Freedom Day: For A Real Celebration, Go To The Source

Jan. 16 is Religious Freedom Day. As American holidays go, this one tends to be overlooked. It's not even listed on my desk calendar.

That's a shame, because Religious Freedom Day commemorates an important event: passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This landmark legislation, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and maneuvered through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, became law on Jan. 16, 1786. Scholars consider it a precursor to the First Amendment and a vital step along the way to securing the separation of church and state.

Reading, Writing And Respect: School Officials Should Resolve To Protect Students' Religious Freedom

Happy New Year! After a break for the holidays, I'm back at work here at Americans United. And, as far as I know, it's back to school for kids across the country today, too.

In an effort to make everyone's lives easier in 2010 – including students, parents, teachers and school officials – we'd like to start things off by asking all public school staff to make this a constitutionally sound new year and resolve to uphold the wall of separation between church and state.

Snow Job: Religious Right Pastor Has No Truck With D.C. Same-Sex Marriage Law

Over the weekend, Washington was slammed by a treacherous snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow in some areas.

Since I grew up in Ohio and went to college in Syracuse, N.Y., the snow didn't really bother me much. But for others here, the blizzard was a difficult experience.

What A Fruitcake!: Falwell Lawyer Serves Up Heaping Helping Of Holiday Humbug

The Christmas decorations went up at my house the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Let's see: wreath on the door, Christmas tree by the stairs, Nativity scene on the sideboard, hammer and sickle on the.... Wait a minute! Where is the darn hammer and sickle? That infamous symbol of the old Soviet Union must be here somewhere.

According to Religious Right pundit Matt Barber, staffers at Americans United and the ACLU are part of a secularist plot to carry on the communists' crusade against religion. The Soviets failed, so we supposedly have taken up the cause.

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