One of the far right’s favorite personalities, Glenn Beck, recently had a discussion on his show about the future of Christian “persecution” in the United States. His guest for that segment, an evangelical leader named Samuel Rodriguez, said he thinks Christians will soon be sent off to jail just for practicing their faith.
Late last month, attorneys at Americans United sent a letter to officials in the small town of Albia, Iowa.
We got word that county and city officials there had earmarked tax funds and provided public land for a war memorial whose central feature is a row of 21 crosses. AU attorneys wanted to let them know that this wasn’t such a good idea.
We had hoped to resolve this matter in private, outside of the glare of the media spotlight, but someone in town gave our letter to the local newspaper, the Union-Republican.
There’s no question alleged Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear Jr., committed his bloody act due to his belief that abortion is murder. But recently unsealed courtroom documents reveal just how much Dear idolized a violent faction of the Religious Right.
Officials in Los Angeles County, Calif., did their best to force a religious symbol onto the county seal – until a federal judge wrecked their plans.
Last week, a U.S. district court said the county seal cannot contain a Latin cross, a symbol that was narrowly approved by the county board of supervisors two years ago.
Religious Right warhorse Phyllis Schlafly may be ousted from her role as chairperson and CEO of the Eagle Forum. Schlafly, 91, perhaps best known for her campaign against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s, founded the group in 1972.
Maryland recently became the latest state to adopt a school voucher program that will benefit mostly religious schools. The state will spend $5 million on the program, which is aimed at low-income students in Baltimore.
The Washington Post is ecstatic. The newspaper, which constantly promotes vouchers on its editorial page, recently published an editorial that reads like a string of talking points from the Cato Institute.
An Indiana state police trooper has been fired for repeatedly proselytizing citizens during traffic stops.
According to KDSK 5, a local NBC affiliate, Senior Trooper Brian Hamilton was fired after a two-month internal investigation into his behavior.
Reckless bills involving the Bible have surfaced in two states – one is dead, but the other remains in play.
In Idaho, lawmakers pushed SB 1342, which would have authorized public schools to use the Bible and other religious books in the curriculum.