Most Americans accept the theory of evolution and actually favor teaching evolution over creationism or intelligent design in public school science classes, according to a new study conducted by a coalition of scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Associations and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Read more
A House Appropriations subcommittee voted yesterday to extend funding for another year to a school voucher program in the District of Columbia, despite two consecutive reports from the U.S. Department of Education that showed little to no improvement in the academic performance of students receiving the vouchers. Read more
Sunday was Father's Day. Like millions of men all over the country, I enjoyed a little extra attention from my family. I got cards from my daughter and son, and my wife made one of my favorite meals, topping it off with her sinfully decadent coconut cake.
Alas, this domestic bliss will soon be a thing of the past. The Family Research Council (FRC) has informed us that this could be the last Father's Day ever. Why? Because same-sex couples are allowed to marry in California! Read more
Hey, kids, it's time to go pick up your Bibles!
That was the implicit message to fifth-grade students at five Findlay, Ohio, elementary schools. Students took a field trip during school hours to pick up Bibles being handed out off campus by Gideons International, the Associated Press has reported. Read more
Yesterday Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Warroad, Minn., church whose pastor told congregants in a sermon that no Christian can vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune picked up on the story today. Reporter Pat Doyle interviewed Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church, and the paper reprinted the entire text of Booth's May 18 sermon. Read more
An Idaho public library has decided to permanently remove two sex education books from its shelves after complaints from religious activists, the Idaho Statesman reported last week.
The library board brought the issue to a vote after the director of a Religious Right group, Youth 4 Revolution, requested the books' removal. Read more
When we last heard from Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition executive director turned political consultant was running for lieutenant governor of Georgia.
Ralph had it all planned – four years in the lieutenant governor's office, then governor. After that, he could run for U.S. Senate or maybe even seek the White House. The political road ahead looked smooth for TV preacher Pat Robertson's former front man. Read more
Today the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics released its National Survey on Religion and Public Life. The poll gauged the attitudes of 3,002 Americans, belonging to 18 different religious groupings, about their political attitudes, affiliations and preferences. Read more
Religious Right leaders and their followers often assert that it's no big deal when the government endorses religion in a general way. "In God We Trust" appears on our money, and "under God" was slipped into the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a generic endorsement of religion, so no harm done, right? Read more