Americans United joined over 15 other organizations last Wednesday morning outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in a show of support for the right of all women to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions. The groups, which included both secular and faith-based organizations, gathered on the steps of the court in response to the hearing of Zubik v. Burwell. AU presented a brief to the court on behalf of more than 240 students from religiously affiliated universities that could be impacted by this decision. Read more
People of faith who live in the United States sometimes have to make compromises between their personal beliefs and following the law. As far as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is concerned, there is no obvious way to distinguish when violating one’s faith is acceptable and when it isn’t.
“Sometimes when a religious person…is a member of a society he does have to accept all sorts of things that are terrible to him,” said Kennedy during oral arguments this morning in the consolidated case of Zubik v. Burwell. Read more
A Kentucky elementary school has a strange concept of what constitutes a reward given that it took a group of students to Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in 2012 as a prize for having “perfect” attendance.
“Perfect” belongs in quotes, here, because Lee County Elementary in Petersburg, Ky., has a rather flexible definition of perfection: students could miss one day of school and still qualify for flawless attendance. (Who knew perfection was open to interpretation?) Read more
Ersatz historian and “Christian nation” booster David Barton is at it again. This time he’s claiming that the city of Las Vegas cut violent crime by 75 percent after the police department adopted “biblical principles” and began working with conservative churches. Read more
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided several electronics vendors and ultra-Orthodox private schools in Monsey, Ramapo and Kiryas Joel, N.Y., this week. FBI agents and local police served warrants on the facilities in order to investigate possible fraudulent uses of government funds. Read more
A beleaguered Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) may continue to meet in a Franklin County, Tenn., high school — for now.
School board officials met this week to determine whether they will disband all clubs at Franklin County High School (FCHS) or allow them to operate subject to certain conditions. Read more