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FRC To Jefferson: Tear Down This Wall

Was Thomas Jefferson a card-carrying communist? Tony Perkins seems to think so.

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, recycled an old line from the early days of the Religious Right. Praising President Ronald Reagan as the "architect" of the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, Perkins advised his supporters that there is an effort to build a similar wall here in the United States: "a wall between church and state."

A Disclaimer For Science

The latest fight over science in America's classrooms is taking place in Cobb County, Ga. Teachers in this Religious Right stronghold used to simply tear out pages in biology textbooks that referred to natural selection, but now they are employing an approach that might be called more evolved.

By order of the school board, the inside cover of each biology textbook is emblazoned with a sticker that says, among other things, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact."

Eve of Destruction? Dobson Unveils Gay Plot To End The World

Over the years, Religious Right activists have blamed gay people for everything from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of Nazi Germany. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, took this line of thinking to its logical conclusion recently when he asserted that gays will usher in the end of the world.

Speaking at a political rally in Oklahoma Oct. 22, Dobson blasted gays as sexually promiscuous radicals bent on crushing traditional marriage.

'Roy's Rock' Hits Bottom

After months of traveling around the country on the back of a flat-bed truck, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments monument finally reached its ultimate destination today: a rally on the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C.

The event, which reportedly cost more than $1 million to stage, was organized by Bishop John Gimenez, a longtime associate of Pat Robertson, and a group calling itself American Veterans for Domestic Defense.

Robertson Roils Israel

Not content with mucking up American politics, TV evangelist Pat Robertson has created a stir in Israel. On his 40th visit to the country, Robertson used a 40-minute speech to encourage Jews to accept Jesus as their messiah.

Robertson declared that Jews need to begin to cry out for their messiah. "I've met wonderful Jews in Siberia, Brazil, the United States, here in Jerusalem, who are all saying 'Yes, Jesus, you are our messiah," he said.

Panda-monium: Creationism On The March

Earlier this week, the school board in Dover, Pa., voted to bring attacks on evolution into biology classrooms. Students and teachers will be given books titled "Of Pandas and People" as reference works.

Offended by the choice of a mainstream textbook for classroom use, some members of the board pushed for this creationist tome to be distributed. Although it is not a required part of the curriculum, controversy erupted as church-state separationists and advocates for science education reminded the school board that state guidelines require the teaching of mainstream science.

Reading, Writing And Foot Washing?

It is a legitimate and constitutionally sound function for a public school teacher to teach about world cultures, including the religions they celebrate. What public school teachers must not do is to immerse their students in religious rituals, such as a baptism, or in the case of a fifth-grade teacher in California, Bible-based foot-washings.

A teacher at a public school near Sacramento, Calif., has apparently gone far beyond the bounds of the U.S. Constitution by engaging his students in a biblically based foot-washing ritual.

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