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A-OK In Arkansas: School Administrator Admonishes Proselytizing Teacher

Next month marks the 49th anniversary of the first U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down officially sponsored prayer in public schools. The decision in Engel v. Vitale was issued on June 25, 1962.

The case is nearly half a century old, so it’s not like it’s fresh news. It’s always something of a surprise, then, when word gets out about teachers who decide to openly defy the Constitution.

Biological Warfare: Battles Under Way In Texas And Louisiana Over Science Education

It looks like Texas is due for another round of fussing and fighting over creationism in public schools.

The state Board of Education continues to be dominated by Religious Right zealots who refuse to accept modern science and seek to teach religiously based concepts in biology classes. (They also reject accepted history. Remember, these are the people who hired “Christian nation” propagandist David Barton to help rewrite their social studies standards.)

Fighting The Establishment: Will The Royal Wedding Be The Church Of England’s Last Hurrah?

As much as I love our friends across the pond, I suspect I’m not the only one who’s already tired of hearing about England’s royal wedding – and it hasn’t even happened yet. I’m thinking of engaging in a media blackout on Friday.

But one aspect of the event did catch my attention: The gala affair has put the spotlight on the Church of England and the close relationship between religion and government in the United Kingdom.

College Class: Students Express Support For Church-State Separation

It’s always a pleasure to find fellow church-state separationists who are as passionate about the First Amendment as we at Americans United are.

This week, two college students have taken the time to speak out against what they see is unconstitutional government mingling with religion.

Prisoners’ Plea Proscribed: High Court Limits Inmates’ Religious Liberty Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court has let us down again this week.

The justices ruled 6-2 that prisoners cannot seek money damages from the state when their rights are violated under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The federal statute’s purpose, in part, is to protect prisoners’ rights to practice their religion.

Cross Purpose: Religious Right Lawyers Secularize Christian Symbol To Get Utah Case Before Supreme Court

For Christians, it’s Holy Week, and you don’t have to look too far to find crosses on display at churches and other venues. As pretty much everyone knows, that symbol represents the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and is generally regarded as the central representation of the Christian faith.

But if you ask the lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you might get a different take.

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