This summer, I will celebrate my 10-year high school reunion. In fact, just last week I received a Facebook message from our class president to "save the date" (which, as a side note, I doubt I will be "saving").
But reading the message got me thinking. High school can be a tough place, but there definitely were some good times. And one of those times was putting on my cap and gown to celebrate finally getting out of there! Read more
I guess it's a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I'm not his teacher, and he's not my student.
But what the heck? It's a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.
I'm focusing on issues with church-state implications. Somebody else can tackle the other topics. Read more
Teachers are always looking for ways to make history a more interesting and relevant subject. Young people tend to get turned off if history appears to be little more than memorizing a dry list of dates, names and battles.
Many schools want to find ways to make history come alive. In my daughter's high school, the class did special projects when they discussed the 1920s. (My daughter designed and sewed her own flapper dress.) When it was time to study the Great Depression, the class watched and then discussed the 1940 film adaptation of "The Grapes of Wrath." Read more
The San Antonio Chapter of Americans United met on April 24 for a general assembly meeting and presentation by guest speaker Sarwat Husain, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations- San Antonio. Read more
On Friday I wrote about Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who has been trying to raise money and recruit supporters through a Religious Right Web site titled prayinjesusname.org.
Americans United and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) took issue with Klingenschmitt's site and his e-mail alerts that referred to him as "Chaplain Klingenschmitt" and showed him in a Navy uniform. We wrote to Navy officials, arguing that Klingenschmitt was attempting to mislead people, as he is a former chaplain. Read more
On Saturday, April 4 the Orange County California chapter of Americans United participated in the Great American Write In, an annual event in
The Northeastern Ohio Chapter of Americans United met in Independence, Ohio on March 5 for a presentation on whether Secular Humanists and Theists can join together to keep religion and matters of faith separate from the affairs of the state, for the purposes of facilitating peace, harmony and tolerance. The Elephant is Still in the Living Room, was presented by John Fazio, a retired lawyer and public relations professional with an interest in the influence of organized religion throughout history. Read more
Are you an agent of Satan? Bishop Robert W. Finn thinks you might be.
In a recent address to the Catholic Church-sponsored "Gospel of Life Convention," Finn stated bluntly, "We are at war!"
Using highly intemperate language, the Kansas City, Mo., prelate said the "Church Militant" is "engaged in a constant warfare with Satan" and "human enemies," people who are "deceived by Satan's distortions and lies." Read more