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Educational Swamp: In Louisiana, Scientific Literacy Remains A Flashpoint

Creationism continues to make headlines in Louisiana, where a science teacher is under investigation for an unfortunate letter to the editor. Charlotte Hinson, who teaches in a Caddo Parish public school, wrote to the Shreveport Times after that  newspaper published articles favorable to evolution.

Hinson slammed the articles for treating creationism as an unproven theory, and evolution as fact. “That is strictly opinion,” she wrote.
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Ridiculous Report: Catholic League Finds Anti-Catholicism Lurking Under Every Rock

Lest you forget he exists, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has released the organization’s annual report on “anti-Catholicism.” While Americans United certainly doesn’t support anti-religious bias of any sort, Donohue’s definition of discrimination deserves attention for its creativity, if nothing else.

According to the Catholic League, anti-Catholicism pervades American society – but that’s only because the League defines anti-Catholicism as anything that happens that Donohue doesn’t like. Read more

Government Endorsed Religion in State Bills

Several bills moved in state legislatures last week that encourage government-sanctioned prayer under the guise of “protecting” religious freedoms. In reality, these bills merely make it easier to evangelize to captive audiences in a government setting.

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Rhee’s Misguided Mission: Former D.C. Public Schools Chief Jumps On Voucher Bandwagon

Like Anakin Skywalker turning into Darth Vader, former Washington, D.C., public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has transitioned from an optimistic public education reformer to a jaded voucher advocate.

You may not be familiar with Rhee, but you should be because she might be affecting public education in your state, despite her thin resume. Read more

False Arrest: Ohio Cops’ Play Acting At Church Garners Bad Reviews

And now a quick visit to the “what-could-they-possibly-have-been-thinking?” department.

Police officers in Summit County, Ohio, are in hot water after they agreed to participate in a publicity stunt designed to drum up interest in a play about how difficult it is for pastors to publicly defend the Christian faith. Read more

Fall From Grace: Fundamentalist Preacher Gothard Resigns Following Abuse Allegations

Persistent sexual harassment allegations have finally ended the career of fundamentalist figurehead Bill Gothard. Gothard, 79, resigned from his post as president of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) yesterday. Thirty-four women had accused the preacher of harassment; four had accused him of molestation. Gothard had been placed on leave pending an investigation into the allegations, which span the last three decades.
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Putrid Poll: Dubious Family Research Council Survey Finds Most Americans Want Politics In The Pulpit

Is asking pastors to follow the law regarding pulpit politicking akin to bullying clergy? The Religious Right seems to think so. Read more

Stick A Fork In It?: Polls Demonstrate Growing Support For Marriage Equality And Against Discrimination

Public support for same-sex marriage continues to climb, and bills that would grant business owners the right to discriminate against LGBT clients are very unpopular,  according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.
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Taking Liberties: A New Book Explains Why The Religious Right’s View Of ‘Religious Freedom’ Is All Wrong

Pardon me for engaging in some blatant self-promotion, but I wanted to let members and friends of Americans United know that my new book, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do, is being released today.

Two issues inspired me to write this book: the controversy over the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act and the spread of legal same-sex marriage in the states.  Read more

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