My roommate is a freshly minted high school teacher. Sometimes, while sitting together watching reruns of "Doogie Howser, MD.," I help her plan civics lessons for her students. If it weren't the middle of the summer, I would insist that she craft a Venn Diagram with her kids to teach about the separation of church and state.
Americans United tends to stick to domestic church-state issues. We find that defending the church-state wall from attacks in this country is more than enough to keep us busy.
Lies, lies and more lies.
That's what Floridians will see as they drive through Pinellas and Hillsborough counties near Tampa Bay, Fla., during the next six months.
A local fundamentalist group has decided to wage war on church-state separation by posting ten billboard advertisements that send the message that "America's government was made only for people who are moral and religious."
An otherwise non-descript house at 133 C St. S.E., in Washington, D.C., is getting a lot of attention lately. Last week I swung by to take a look at it myself.
What did I see? Not much. It's a red brick house with an American flag unfurled above the door and well-maintained shrubbery in the yard. So why all the fuss?
Next time you're in Salt Lake City, you had better refrain from kissing your loved one in public. It could get you arrested.
Especially if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the show in town, doesn't like you or what you stand for.
On Monday, "The Wall of Separation" explored a flap over a cross being displayed at a government building in Camp Verde, Ariz., a small city of about 10,000 in the central part of the state.
As Sandhya Bathija noted, the town council was due to deliberate the matter; she expressed hope that its members would make the right decision.
Today I'm happy to report that they did.
As it turns out, we didn't have to wait too long for a question assessing Judge Sonia Sotomayor's thoughts on religious liberty.
Yesterday afternoon, as the Senate confirmation hearings continued, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) asked Sotomayor her views on freedom of religion, which he called "one of the basic principles of our Constitution."
As you may have noticed, Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings continue today.
We've heard a lot of griping about her "wise Latina" remark and her decision in the Ricci case, as well as witnessed outbursts from anti-abortionist protestors.
But to our knowledge, we have yet to hear anyone ask her about her views on church and state issues.
I don't know what kind of Supreme Court justice Sonya Sotomayor will turn out to be.
My hope is that she's much in the vein as the man she will probably replace – David H. Souter.
But although I'm uncertain about Sotomayor's views on separation of church and state, there's one thing I know for sure: She deserves a fair hearing and an opportunity to explain her views and answer questions. And she deserves the right to do this in an atmosphere marked by professionalism and congeniality.
Here at Americans United, we always know that the fight to preserve church-state separation is never easy.
That's why we aren't surprised by what's going on in Camp Verde, Ariz., where many citizens are making quite a stir because a cross was removed from a government building.