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Props On Prop. 8 Decision: In His Marriage Ruling, Judge Properly Divorced Church And State

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker gave us an excellent tutorial on why the debate over marriage rights for same-sex couples is as much about church-state separation as it is about equality for all Americans.

In his decision striking down Proposition 8 -- California’s constitutional ban on gay marriage -- he explained that our laws, including those governing marriage, cannot be based solely on private moral or religious beliefs – they must also have a secular purpose.

Frivolous Filing: TV Preacher’s Legal Group Sues To Block Islamic Center In New York City

Yesterday, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to allow construction of an Islamic center in lower Manhattan. Immediately after the vote, TV preacher Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice announced that it would file suit to block the move.

Why is an organization that purports to promote religious freedom suing to stop construction of house of worship?

Houston AU Tables at State Party Convention

Thanks to Houston AU members Joe Deese, Elsie Hatlen Leif Hatlen, Julia Moore, Charlcye Sells and James Sells and to Corpus Christi AU supporters James Martin and Alex McNair for helping in the AU booth at the Texas Democratic Party convention.  The chapter had lots of good conversations and gave away lots of literature, lapel stickers, and bumper stickers.  The most popular item was the TEACH.  DON’T PREACH IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS bumper sticker. 

Fred Williams speaks to the San Antonio AU chapter

The San Antonio Texas chapter recently hosted Fred Williams, who spoke on "The State Board of Education and the Whitewashing of Texas History."  Mr. Williams is an educator, writer, and principal founder of Black Men United for Reading and Writing. The event was well received.

Orange County AU Presents a Free Movie and Discussion!

On Saturday, August 21st, the Orange County chapter of Americans United will be screening the documentary Jesus Politics for free! The film, made by an Israeli émigré, explores the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election, and contains invaluable interviews with a variety of religious leaders who have become involved with the political process. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow the film. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover exactly how crucial—and endangered—the wall of separation is in 21st century America!

The event will take place on Saturday, August 21st at 2:00 PM at the Irvine Ranch Water District on 15600 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA.
For more information, contact Steph Campbell at (714) 299-4551 or orangecountyau@yahoo.com.

Mercenary Missionaries: Religious Right’s Move In Zimbabwe Resurrects Sorry History

TV preacher Pat Robertson and other Religious Right leaders have long been interested in the continent of Africa. They seem to believe that they can find a country there to serve as a laboratory for their misguided social agenda – as well as plunder any wealth the area may have.

It reeks of the worst form of old-style colonialism.

Most recently, Robertson minions have invaded Zimbabwe, a landlocked nation in southern Africa long afflicted with government corruption and poverty.

Unintelligent By Design: Louisiana School District Considers Teaching Creationism

Members of the Livingston Parish School Board in Louisiana may be on the verge of making a huge mistake – one that could cost their community a lot of money.

During a recent meeting, several board members went off on a tangent about teaching creationism. During this public session, they openly discussed their desire to bring religion into the classroom. It was not a wise move.

Moore’s The Pity: Former Alabama ‘Commandments’ Judge Is Still Angling For Attention

Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore doesn’t let too much time go by before he cries out for some more attention.

Yesterday, he was quoted in a Birmingham News blog, in which he offered another anti-church-state separation rant. The blog was about a letter Americans United sent to an Alabama school board opposing official prayers before meetings.

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