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He's Baaaaack!: Newt Gingrich Slithers Out From Under A Rock – Again

Here's some news you might have missed: Newt Gingrich is trying to refashion himself yet again – this time as a moral leader who seeks to "renew" America.

No, no, I was not taken in by a story from The Onion. This is true. Yep, everyone's favorite serial adulterer, the mother of all toxic assets, Newt Gingrich wants to lecture you, me and everybody else on how to live a good, decent and Christian life. Read more

Iran, North Korea And The Family Research Council: Has FRC Joined The 'Axis Of Evil'?

Just when you think Religious Right groups can't get any farther out on the edge of the flat Earth, they do.

Last week, the Family Research Council (FRC) was apoplectic that the Obama administration has decided to endorse a UN Declaration on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Read more

Orange County Outrage: Supervisors May Divert Sex Ed Funds To Religious Group

Lock up the children! The Rev. Wiley Drake is on the loose again.

I'm sure you remember Drake, the controversial California pastor and media hound. Drake, a Southern Baptist, is perhaps best known for waging an "imprecatory prayer" campaign against Americans United and its staff (including me by name – thanks, Wiley!). Read more

Forgotten Founder?: Happy (Belated) Birthday, James Madison!

It has been surprisingly busy on the church-state front this week with a new flare-up in the South Carolina license plate case and the stories about President Barack Obama's religious advisors.

But I didn't want the week to go by without wishing James Madison a happy birthday – admittedly belated. Madison was born on March 16, 1751. Most Americans don't know that, which is a shame. Read more

The Passion Of The Plate: S.C. Officials Pontificate At 'I Believe' Tag Rally

The debate over the South Carolina "I Believe" license plate rages on.

At least for South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who continue to mislead South Carolinians on what Americans United's lawsuit challenging the production of these plates is really about. Read more

Troubling Textbooks: Why Vouchers Would Force You To Subsidize Hate

An Islamic school in Virginia has made some changes to its textbooks in an effort to tamp down criticism, the Associated Press has reported.

The Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria has been under fire for years because some of the books used at the private school promote extremely strict interpretations of Islam and are highly critical of other faiths. Read more

Rolling Back Religious Liberty: Virginia Group Attacks Church-State Separation

Does the Virginia Statute for Religious Liberty need updating?

As many of you probably know, the Virginia Statute, approved by the state legislature in 1786, ended the Anglican Established Church and guaranteed broad freedom of religion in the commonwealth for the first time.

In ringing language written by Thomas Jefferson, the Statute proclaimed that "no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever." Read more

Defend The Wall!: Conn. Bishops Rally For Church-State Separation – Sort Of

Today, the Roman Catholic bishops sponsored a rally at the Connecticut Capitol building in support of church-state separation. They didn't exactly bill it that way, but that's what it was.

Considering this is the same church hierarchy that speaks so adamantly against same-sex marriage and reproductive rights -- and believes that our country's laws should reflect the church's doctrines on these issues -- a rally to support the church-state wall seems rather ironic. Read more