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Billboard Boorishness: Vandals Attack Secular Patriotic Message In North Carolina

As we head into the long weekend in celebration of the birth of our country, it’s a good time to remember how lucky we are that our Constitution guarantees us so many rights and freedoms.

One of these freedoms, of course, is the option to choose what faith to believe in, or to believe in nothing at all. Our Constitution protects and welcomes everyone, whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or an atheist.

Elena And The End-Times: Will Kagan Usher In The Apocalypse? (The Religious Right Thinks So)

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan are in full swing, and as Americans United had hoped, we’re getting some questions about separation of church and state.

Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Kagan about the relationship between the First Amendment’s “Establishment Clause,” which bars laws “respecting an establishment of religion” and the Free Exercise Clause,” which curbs laws “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. Together they provide for religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

Bobby’s Bad-News BFFs: Jindal’s Religious Right Cronies Write His Prayer Proclamation

We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis.

Traveling With ‘The Family’: Secretive Evangelical Group Bankrolled Overseas Trips For Members Of Congress, Newspaper Says

The infamous evangelical Christian organization, “The Family” is making headlines again.

According to Roll Call newspaper, several members of Congress have accepted just over $101,000 worth of free international travel from The Family, also known as the Fellowship Foundation. The group footed the bill for 13 foreign trips, ostensibly so congressmen could meet and pray with political leaders in other countries.

Something’s Rotten In The Big Apple: Politicians Seek To Fund Rabbinical School Tuition

New York taxpayers may soon be footing an $18 million annual bill to pay for rabbinical training.

Yes, you read that right.

According to the New York Post, elected officials in the Empire State have struck a backroom deal to expand the Tuition Assistance Program to pick up the tab for 3,660 students at a few dozen rabbinical schools in New York City and its suburbs.

Religious Schools And Bias: America Must Not Vouch For Parochial Discrimination

As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.

Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.

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