Two memorable speeches were delivered in the early 1980s on separation of church and state. The first was by U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and was given – at all places – before an audience at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Read more
Two weeks from today, the nation will celebrate Religious Freedom Day.
Don’t feel bad if you were not aware of that. Most people aren’t. Religious Freedom Day, which is celebrated every Jan. 16, tends to be somewhat obscure. My desk calendar, which includes Groundhog Day, Armed Forces Day and Benito Juarez’s Birthday, does not list Religious Freedom Day. Read more
It’s the time of year to review the events of the past 12 months, determine who’s hot and who’s not, what’s in and what’s out, etc.
With that thought in mind, here are what we at the “Wall of Separation” believe to be the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2014: Read more
Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. "The Wall of Separation" will be on hiatus until Monday, Dec. 29. Happy Holidays to all!
It's Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren't making note of it at all.
What could be better than to have the right to choose for yourself?
It’s Christmas Eve, and I thought you might appreciate an update on the “war on Christmas.”
To be honest, things have been kind of quiet this year – too quiet. It seems to me that not a creature is stirring – not even a mouse!
Sure, we had that business in Florida with the Satanic Temple. As you might recall, the rotunda of the State Capitol played host to a privately sponsored nativity scene and other religious messages (including a depiction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), so Americans United helped the Satanic Temple win a spot for its display too. Read more
Another day, another phony outrage from the Religious Right. This time, the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are claiming that a U.S. Army chaplain was punished for simply sharing his faith at an official event. But as usual, these fundamentalists aren’t telling the whole story.
Last month, Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn, a captain and the official chaplain of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, conducted a session on suicide prevention at Fort Benning in Georgia. Attendance at the event was mandatory, giving Lawhorn a large, captive audience. Read more