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Scandal In School: Virginia Library Staffer Challenges Religious Harassment

Today, Scripps Howard columnist Bonnie Erbe reminded us again of why church-state separation must be respected in our public schools.

Usually, when we think of religion in public schools, we think of the students and how they should be free from indoctrination. But Erbe's column shows us that it is not just the students. Teachers, administers and other school staff are also protected by the Constitution. Read more

Carping Crusaders: Religious Right Whines About Obama Shout Out To Non-Believers

Last week I wrote about the experiences my daughter and I had while attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama on the National Mall. I noted that during his inaugural address, Obama pointed out that America's diversity is a strength.

"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers," Obama said. "We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth...." Read more

Mormon Might: LDS Church Leaders Have Inappropriate Government Role In Utah

Is the state of Utah a theocracy?

You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.

More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda. Read more

Invocation Imbroglio: Kansas Priest's Prayer Ignites Legislative Controversy

Prayer at governmental meetings is a never-ending source of controversy. Latest case in point: an ire-inducing invocation at the Kansas House of Representatives last week.

Guest Chaplain Brian Schieber, pastor of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, took advantage of his place at the speaker's podium to launch a vitriolic attack on reproductive freedom. Read more

Passing The Science Test: Texas School Board Derails Most Of Creationist Plot

Today seems to be a pretty good end to a very historical week -- at least on the church-state separation front.

This morning, the Texas State Board of Education voted 8-7 to approve science standards that leave out well-known creationist code language that could weaken science education.

A final vote is scheduled for March, but according to a report from the Dallas News, the board will likely ratify today's vote. Read more

Prayer Over Politics?: Florida Megachurch's New Leader Is Weary Of Fighting The 'Culture Wars'

Could it be true – a new generation of conservative Christian leaders may actually be opposed to politics from the pulpit?

At least one Florida church leader seems to be.

William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham and the new pastor of Ft. Lauderdale's Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, surprisingly says he has no interest talking politics. It's quite a change from his grandfather, and even more so from his predecessor, TV preacher D. James Kennedy. Read more

Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues. Read more

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