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Disruption Distraction: The Religious Right And Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor

I don't know what kind of Supreme Court justice Sonya Sotomayor will turn out to be.

My hope is that she's much in the vein as the man she will probably replace – David H. Souter.

But although I'm uncertain about Sotomayor's views on separation of church and state, there's one thing I know for sure: She deserves a fair hearing and an opportunity to explain her views and answer questions. And she deserves the right to do this in an atmosphere marked by professionalism and congeniality. Read more

Camp Controversy: Arizona Town Debates Display Of Cross

Here at Americans United, we always know that the fight to preserve church-state separation is never easy.

That's why we aren't surprised by what's going on in Camp Verde, Ariz., where many citizens are making quite a stir because a cross was removed from a government building. Read more

Getting ready for the Sotomayor hearings

On Monday, July 13, Judge Sotomayor will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee as they consider her nomination for the position of Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  As we all know, church-state separation is the kind of issue that morphs, grows, and hinges upon court decisions.  Needless to say, we'll be watching closely. Read more

Shekels And Shackles: What The Government Funds It Also Regulates

As a kid I attended a private religious school for eight years. In the seventh grade, a new student joined our class.

Molly was – how shall I say this? – a "problem child." She smoked cigarettes, frequently cut class, cussed like a longshoreman and ran with a rough crowd. Our school was known for its strict discipline (not to mention intimidating nuns), and Molly's parents hoped it would provide the structure she needed.

It didn't work out that way.

After just a few months, Molly was gone. Even the nuns couldn't handle her. She was sent back to public school. Read more

Going (For The) Green: Religious Lobbies Are Hot For Climate-Change Subsidies

What do federal energy policy and church-state separation have in common?

Apparently more than you might think. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate-change bill that allotted some hefty benefits to religious groups.

The measure, which was approved 219-212, included a provision that would provide subsidies to "faith-based" organizations and other non-profits to cover of up to 50 percent of the cost of retrofitting their energy systems. Read more

Flyover Flap: Air Force Drops Participation In Idaho Religious Festival

The Department of Defense has ended a decades-old tradition of lending support to a fundamentalist Christian festival in Idaho.

The Pentagon nixed a request for military flyovers during the "Treasure Valley God and Country Festival" held annually in Nampa. (Yes, this is the same city that wanted to pull sex education books from its public library shelves last year) Read more

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