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Sarah Saves Christmas!: Former Alaska Gov. Says Thomas Jefferson Would Oppose Atheist-Led ‘War On Christmas’

Sarah Palin is still on the defensive as part of her phony “War on Christmas,” and now she seems to have recruited a new ally for her fight: Thomas Jefferson. Read more

Off Target: Ohio Public School District Wants Creationist Archers To Run Gym Classes

Most people associate school gym classes with ill-fitting outfits, impatient coaches and diabolical rope climbs. But one school district in Ohio wants to make gym classes feel more like Sunday school. Read more

‘Tis The Season To Tell Big, Honking Lies: More ‘War On Christmas’ Calumny From The Far Right

Yesterday Fox News and Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze” reported that a public school in Bulloch County, Ga., had banned Christmas cards. According to the Beck site, this was done because earlier this year Americans United had demanded that the school order teachers to “curtail religious expression while teaching.” Read more

Cranky Over Christmas: N.J. Lawmaker Pushes Guidelines For Public School Holiday Celebrations

The “War on Christmas” may be a myth, but that didn’t stop a New Jersey Assemblyman from introducing a bill that would tell school districts exactly what they may say and do to celebrate the holidays. Read more

Delaware Valley (PA) AU to Host Greg Lipper

AU attorney Greg Lipper is speaking tonight at an event hosted by Delaware Valley AU. The title of his talk is “Government, God, and the Town of Greece: The Supreme Court Revisits Legislative Prayer.”  
 
AU's legal team represents the two women who launched the Town of Greece v. Galloway lawsuit, the first Supreme Court case in more than a decade to consider the limits on government-sponsored prayer.

Contraception Concerns?: If You Work For A For-Profit Company And Your Access To Birth Control Is Threatened, AU Wants To Hear From You

The Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, met with immediate outrage from the Religious Right and the Catholic bishops. These groups, unsatisfied with generous religious exemptions to the law, are demanding broader loopholes that are tantamount to a radical redefinition of religious liberty.
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Diplomacy Debacle: Religious Right Falsely Claims Vatican Embassy Will Be Shuttered

The State Department’s decision to relocate its mission to the Vatican to its larger Italian embassy has become the Religious Right’s outrage of the month. Officials call it a money-saving move, but fringe commentators rushed to argue it’s an “egregious slap in the face” to American Catholics.
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Fischer’s Fantasy: American Family Association Official Claims States Can Ban Islam

Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), makes it a point to say something offensive pretty much every day.

Fischer first came to Americans United’s attention back in 2009, when he told attendees of the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” that Adolf Hitler invented the separation of church and state. Read more

Thanksgiving: What I'm Thankful For – Besides The Turkey And Dressing

Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

A Hair-Raising Dilemma: Fla. Voucher School Threatens Student With Expulsion Over Her Hair

A private school in Orlando, Fla., is threatening to expel an African-American student – over her natural hair. According to Faith Christian Academy, Vanessa VanDyke’s hair is a “distraction,” and in violation of its student dress code.
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