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Baby-Steps In The Bayou: Federal Judge Says Religious Display Was Unconstitutional, But Lets Altered Display Stay

The dispute over Jesus & Co. hanging in a Slidell, La., courthouse ended last week with a mostly favorable ruling by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle.  

It all started in early July, when City Court Judge Jim Lamz publicly refused to remove a 16th century Russian Orthodox painting called "Christ the Savior" and its accompanying message, "To know peace, obey these laws" from the courthouse foyer. Read more

Two (Opposable) Thumbs Down: Skip Ben Stein's Movie And Check Out 'Expelled: Exposed' Instead

Any movie buff will tell you that when a studio refuses to make a film available for advance screening by professional critics, chances are you're dealing with a dog.

Meet the latest dog to stumble into the nation's multiplexes: Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." The film, which promotes the neo-creationist concept of "intelligent design" (ID) opens tomorrow – but the nation's film critics won't be getting a sneak peek. Read more

Boosting Bigotry: Two Thumbs Down For Medved's Presidential Religious Test

I've never been a big fan of Michael Medved's movie reviews. I like him even less as a Religious Right commentator.

Medved recently decided to give bigotry a boost by pointing out why Americans would be wise to reject an atheist as president. Blithely tossing aside the spirit of the Constitution's Article VI (which bans "religious tests" for public office), Medved urged Americans to punish non-believers at the ballot box. Read more

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