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Poor Sight: U.S. Military Should Ditch Firm That Added Bible Verses To Rifle Scopes

The situation regarding the role of religion in the U.S. military just got a whole lot stranger.

ABC News is reporting that a major manufacturer of rifle scopes has been engraving citations from the New Testament on the sights. The company, Trijicon, freely admits what it has done and defends its action.

Religious Freedom For All: Another Dream Of Dr. Martin Luther King

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.

Robertson's Rude Remarks Repudiated: Nation Reacts To Latest Televangelist Outburst

TV preacher Pat Robertson's recent callous comments about Haiti have attracted quite a bit of attention.

Once again, Robertson has stuck his foot firmly into his mouth. Americans United and many other groups have issued statements denouncing him. Progressive commentators like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann have blasted him. I expect the editorial cartoonists will have a field day.

Social Studies Smackdown: Texas Faces Moment Of Truth On Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education will debate and discuss what to do about the future of the state's social studies curriculum, before taking the first of two votes on the issue tomorrow.

The Board's discussion will likely incorporate the advice members heard in testimony yesterday from citizens who signed up to speak, all conveying thoughts on what would be best for the students of Texas.

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.

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