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
At least some people in Texas are standing up for sound science education. And hopefully, they won't back down, despite a new lawsuit challenging their decision.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for failing to approve its master's degree in creationism-based science education. Read more
Legislation that would target hate crimes is expected to start moving in Congress soon. The Religious Right is going bananas.
The legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913), is intended to do a few key things: It would allow the U.S. Justice Department to offer assistance when a crime that results in death or serious injury is committed against any American because of the victim's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Read more
Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign, has some advice for Republicans seeking office in the future. He said Friday that the GOP needs to reassess its relationship with religion.
Schmidt told the Log Cabin Republicans, a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans, that party positions on issues such as same-sex marriage cannot be based solely on religious belief. Read more
U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger of northern Florida is one smart guy.
On Wednesday, he gave a Florida public school quite a scolding, followed by a very important constitutional law lesson.
Two teachers at the school included a song called "In God We Still Trust" by the country group Diamond Rio into the program of a third-grade class' end-of-the-year assembly. Read more
We don't hear much from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He hasn't asked a question during oral arguments at the high court in more than two years.
So when the George H.W. Bush appointee does agree to speak at a public event, we look forward to hearing his thoughts -- especially when he is asked to speak on the Bill of Rights. That's something we'd like to hope he knows quite a bit about as a Supreme Court justice.
But recently, when Thomas took the podium to address high school essay-contest winners, he seemed to forget he was there to talk about the Constitution. Read more
Have you heard the news? The "culture wars" are over! Well, not really. They were over for about five minutes. Now they're back on again.
Here's what happened: Word started getting around that James Dobson of Focus on the Family had given a farewell speech to his staff during which he conceded that the Religious Right had failed to achieve many of its policy goals. Some in the media interpreted this as an admission of defeat and a sign that the Religious Right is giving up. Read more
It's pretty easy these days to walk into mostly any public library in the country and check out J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye or John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. You can do that in a large part thanks to a woman named Judith Krug.
Judith, who ran the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom since 1967, was a life-long censorship foe who conceived the now internationally famous "Banned Books Week." She raised awareness of book censorship in America and devised strategies to combat it. Read more