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Marriage, American Style: Is It Past Time For Church And State To Get A Divorce?

In America, we separate church and state. Is it time – maybe past time – to apply that principle to marriage?

In an interesting article carried by the Associated Baptist Press (ABP) this week, Washington correspondent Rob Marus draws attention to the entanglement between religion and government inherent in the conflict over who should be allowed to marry. Read more

You've Got (Hate) Mail!: South Carolina Lawsuit Sparks Barrage Of Correspondence From AU's Religious Right Friends

Along with ensuring religious liberty, the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech. Thanks to the Internet, people can exercise their freedom of speech faster than ever, and Americans United heard from a bevy of them yesterday after we filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against the state's new "I Believe" license plate. Read more

Science Test: New Poll Shows Support For Creationism Slipping

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

Capital Opportunity: House Panel Should Defund D.C. Voucher Scheme

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

Unhappy Father's Day: FRC Says Same-Sex Marriage In California Threatens Dads' Annual Celebration

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

Minnesota (Not So) Nice: Partisan Pastor Claims Right To Violate Federal Tax Law

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

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