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Shekels And Shackles: What The Government Funds It Also Regulates

As a kid I attended a private religious school for eight years. In the seventh grade, a new student joined our class.

Molly was – how shall I say this? – a "problem child." She smoked cigarettes, frequently cut class, cussed like a longshoreman and ran with a rough crowd. Our school was known for its strict discipline (not to mention intimidating nuns), and Molly's parents hoped it would provide the structure she needed.

It didn't work out that way.

After just a few months, Molly was gone. Even the nuns couldn't handle her. She was sent back to public school. Read more

Going (For The) Green: Religious Lobbies Are Hot For Climate-Change Subsidies

What do federal energy policy and church-state separation have in common?

Apparently more than you might think. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate-change bill that allotted some hefty benefits to religious groups.

The measure, which was approved 219-212, included a provision that would provide subsidies to "faith-based" organizations and other non-profits to cover of up to 50 percent of the cost of retrofitting their energy systems. Read more

Flyover Flap: Air Force Drops Participation In Idaho Religious Festival

The Department of Defense has ended a decades-old tradition of lending support to a fundamentalist Christian festival in Idaho.

The Pentagon nixed a request for military flyovers during the "Treasure Valley God and Country Festival" held annually in Nampa. (Yes, this is the same city that wanted to pull sex education books from its public library shelves last year) Read more

Star Dreck: Religious Right 'Federation' Clings On To Same Old Misguided Mission

Economic news, the possibility of health-care reform and even the death of "king of pop" Michael Jackson have dominated the headlines lately. But quietly, beneath the surface, the "culture wars" continue to percolate.

Leaders of the Religious Right aren't real happy with the current situation. President Barack Obama remains popular. Same-sex marriage is now legal in six states, and others are considering it. Abortion is still legal, and public schools aren't pushing fundamentalist Christianity.

What to do? Form a federation! Read more

Confusion Museum: Kentucky's Creationist Facility Is Unhappy Revelation To Scientists

Washington, D.C., is a great city. In addition to all of the wonderful historical and political landmarks, there are a ton of tourist attractions: we have the Spy Museum, the Museum of Crime and Punishment and our very own Madame Tussaud's wax museum.

Northern Kentucky, however, may have us beat. Petersburg is the home of the nation's largest Creation Museum. Read more

Sally Kern, Unpatriot: Why Does Oklahoma's Looney Lawmaker Hate America?

Everyone's favorite raging theocrat, Oklahoma House member Sally Kern, is at it again.

Numerous reports indicate that Kern and her supporters plan to publicly sign a document dubbed the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" declaring the United States a Christian nation tomorrow at the state capitol.

I've read Kern's resolution, and it's a whole lot of crazy crammed into one document. Dissecting the whole thing would take all day – and who has that much time? Read more

Military Disservice: Fundamentalists On The March In America's Armed Forces

Aggressive fundamentalist Christian organizations are continuing their efforts to expand their presence in the U.S. military.

Last month, researcher Jeff Sharlet penned a disturbing article for Harper's magazine about efforts to "Christianize" the military. Newsweek ran a similar story online on June 20. The articles attracted a lot of attention and put the issue in the spotlight once again. Read more

Vouching For Religion?: D.C. Program Subsidizes Indoctrination, Hiring Bias

Did you plan to make a contribution to Washington, D.C.'s Blessed Sacrament Elementary School? How about Muhammad University of Islam or First Rock Baptist Christian Church School?

Guess what? You already have.

Those three schools and 52 additional religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia were beneficiaries of the federally funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program during the current school year. Read more