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Holiday Humbugs: Religious Right’s Phony ‘War On Christmas’ Getting Thinner By The Minute

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is not happy this holiday season.

He feels his religious beliefs have been snubbed now that his hometown has taken the word “Christmas” out of its seasonal parade and exchanged it for the word “holiday.”

“I feel like if they take Christ out, then take me out, too," said Inhofe, despite the fact that the parade is still replete with Christmas symbols and decorations.

‘Faith-Based’ Furnace?: Houses Of Worship Reap Tax-Funded Windfall From Stimulus Package

Did you send a contribution to the Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis so it could buy a new heating and cooling system?

You may think you didn’t – but you did. More accurately, your leaders in Washington, D.C., did it for you.

Politico reports today that at least $140 million of the $787 billion stimulus package passed in 2009 ended up in the coffers of “faith-based” groups – and that this was the result of deliberate effort by the administration of President Barack Obama.

Ark Park Earmark: Kentucky Governor Floats Religion-Funding Scheme

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear thinks it’s a good idea for his state to be the home of Noah’s Ark – one that will include dinosaurs!

Beshear announced yesterday his plan to provide tax incentives to the developers of a creationism theme park that will feature a replica of the well-known biblical boat.

Holiday Hokum: Don’t Believe Right-Wing Lies About Christmas In Public Schools

It’s the first day of December, which means Christmas is coming up soon – and you know what that means: Yep, it’s time for the Religious Right and its allies to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace by lying about our public schools.

The tiresome pattern works like this: Someone tells a wild story about Christmas being banned in a public school. Religious Right legal groups get outraged. The Fox News Channel reports it without bothering to check if it’s true. Far-right bloggers have a field day.

A-OK!: Judge Puts Temporary Block On Anti-Shariah Amendment

We have some good news out of Oklahoma today.  A federal judge has put a temporary stop to the so-called “Save Our State Amendment” – Oklahoma’s anti-Shariah amendment.

The measure, which passed with 70 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, revises the state constitution so that “courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia Law.”

Crusade In The Classroom: Clashes Over Religion In Public Schools Plague Georgia And Texas

Disputes over religion in public schools are perennial. Some people, it seems, just won’t accept that fact that public schools are for teaching, not preaching.

Three recent developments bear watching.

First off, in Texas, the state legislature may be on the verge of another go-round in the ever-popular “let’s-display-the-Ten-Commandments-in-the-public-schools” crusade.

Mosque Money: New Controversy Erupts Over Proposed Tax Funding Of NYC Facility

Just when the hubbub over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” seemed to be dying down, some new information has come to light.

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