Notice one thing about all of the comments by these self-appointed guardians of morality: Not one of them has expressed one iota of concern for what happened to Ford. Her trauma and pain mean nothing to them, nor does the considerable risk she undertook by stepping forward to tell her story.
The Values Voter Summit should serve as motivation for me and everyone else who believes in church-state separation. As long as there is a VVS and people who want to undermine religious freedom, there will be an Americans United for Separation of Church and State and likeminded supporters who are determined to protect it.
Creationists have been trying to water down evolution in public schools at least since the Scopes trial. And they only pretend to be champions of critical thinking. Their plan is to offer students a choice between accepted, verifiable science and an account based on a narrow, fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible that even plenty of Christians reject.
Bookstores haven’t been the censors’ target for a long time. These days, it’s public libraries and public schools that feel the heat. The ALA reported 416 censorship attempts in 2017. Of the top 10 books most frequently targeted, half of them deal with LGBTQ themes.
Religion writers and communications professionals – including yours truly – descended on Columbus, Ohio, last week for the annual conference of the Religion News Association (RNA). From beginning to end, many of the discussions centered around religious freedom and church-state separation.
Far from suppressing faith, separation of church and state, by decoupling the two institutions, gave all Americans the right to decide for themselves what, if anything, they would believe about God (or Gods), how they would worship, where they would worship and when they would worship.
No one should make the mistake of believing that they don’t benefit from public education – even if they have no children or send their kids elsewhere. It’s like arguing that people who buy books from Amazon or don’t read books get no benefit from a public library.