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Voucher Advocates Get Schooled: Private School Teacher Slams ‘School Choice Week’

“National School Choice Week,” a propaganda initiative created by the forces that want you to pay taxes to support someone else’s religious school, is still two months away. But some educators are already pushing back against an onslaught of misinformation.

In an open letter published by the Huffington Post, Steve Nelson of Manhattan’s prestigious Calhoun School told voucher backers they’d have to campaign without him. Read more

Imaginary Enemies: Sarah Palin’s Phony Fight Against The ‘War On Christmas’

In the 1999 M. Night Shyamalan movie “The Sixth Sense,” a little boy complained, “I see dead people” – and he did.

Now it seems Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate, sees a battlefield littered with corpses – all of them Christian. They are causalities in a war against faith in America. But unlike that little boy, what Palin sees is entirely in her imagination. Read more

Mississippi Blues: New Lawsuit Accuses Town Of Anti-Gay Prejudice

The website of Shannon, Miss., advertises the town as a place for growth – and a bulwark of family values.

“Today we take pride in being on the quiet side of county with our relaxed country living where traditions of family, faith, and brotherly love make up who we are today,” it reads. Read more

Ballot Box Blowup: Religious Right Suffers Yet Another Election Day Nightmare

You could say the Religious Right has hit a bit of a rough patch lately.

Last year, President Barack Obama was easily reelected. About seven months later, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings favorable to same-sex marriage. Then this week the Religious Right was force-fed another bitter pill by voters as fundamentalist candidates for public offices suffered defeats in both Virginia and Ohio. Read more

High Noon At The High Court: Justices Hear Arguments In Town Of Greece v. Galloway Case

I spent a frantic morning at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Americans United’s challenge to government-sponsored sectarian prayer, Town of Greece v. Galloway, was argued.

I wasn’t inside the court for the argument, but AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, Legal Director Ayesha N. Khan and several other AU staff members were. They reported a spirited session, with both sides being peppered with questions from the justices. Read more

American Theocracy?: Lawsuit Alleges Utah and Ariz. Towns Enforce Religious Edicts As Law

A civil rights lawsuit alleges that the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) has imposed theocratic rule in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah.

Collectively known as the Short Creek community, the twin towns are considered to be strongholds for the polygamous Mormon offshoot. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, which brought the suit, elected community officials use their authority to enforce the edicts of disgraced church leader Warren Jeffs.
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Generally Nutty: FRC Executive Says Some In The Military Are Itching To ‘Take Out’ President Obama

Military leaders are so disgusted with President Barack Obama that they’d like to launch a coup d’état to get rid of him, but that pesky U.S. Constitution keeps getting in the way, says a retired Army general who now works for the Family Research Council. Read more

Change Of Heart?: Ky. Taxpayer-Funded, Religiously-Affiliated Homes For Children May Hire Gays And Lesbians

A Kentucky taxpayer-funded, religiously-affiliated network of homes for at-risk children that Americans United has fought in court for more than a decade has made a pretty stunning announcement: It might start hiring gays and lesbians. Read more

Biblical Blunder: Proposed Mass. Religion Classes Could Violate First Amendment

Constitutional concerns plague a new bill that would mandate religious education in Massachusetts public schools.

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Christopher Fallon, would create a mandatory class in Bible and international religions for “the purposes of teaching morality and brotherhood” to high school students.
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