It's always good to hear about government officials agreeing to follow the law before a court orders them to.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported today that officials in Newton, N.J., agreed to stop reciting the Lord's Prayer before its city council meetings, following a complaint made by resident Doug Radigan. Read more
Education officials in Louisiana yesterday had the opportunity to slam the door firmly on the teaching of creationism and "intelligent design" (ID) in public schools. Unfortunately, they did not take it.
The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-0 to adopt new science guidelines that critics fear will muddy the waters and open the door to sectarian concepts in science class. Read more
I love how Religious Right activists consider any historical reference to religion as evidence of our country's "Christian heritage" – even when those references point in the exact opposite direction.
Consider Sheriff Tim Gobble of Bradley County, Tenn. For some reason, Sheriff Gobble has decided to branch out from his job of arresting lawbreakers and dabble as an amateur historian. Unfortunately, he doesn't know what he's talking about. Read more
Will Louisiana public schools soon be teaching religious concepts in science class?
That's the question coming before the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this week.
January 16th is "Religious Freedom Day," an annual event that commemorates one of the greatest documents promoting religious liberty ever written – Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
Many scholars believe the Virginia Statute was an inspiration for the First Amendment. In eloquent language, the measure ended Virginia's state church and guaranteed religious liberty for all. If you haven't read it, you should. Read more
I just got back from an exciting field trip: I walked a few blocks from Americans United's office to check out the Capitol Visitors Center, a new state-of-art facility that opened last month for people visiting the U.S. Capitol Building.
No, I wasn't goofing off; the visit was worked related. I am writing a story about Religious Right attacks on the Center for Church & State and figured I should take a look at it for myself. Read more
Things got ugly last night in Greer, S.C.
More than 400 people gathered at People's Baptist Church to protest a federal district court's decision to stop the production of a "Christian" license plate that would have featured a cross superimposed on a stained glass window with the words "I Believe." The DMV will decide by the end of the week whether they will appeal the district court's decision. Read more
So, the Religious Right is dead, right? Its time has finally passed, and the movement has no more strength. It's yesterday's news, a historical relic, correct?
Not quite. It turns out the Religious Right might still have some kick left. In fact, its foot soldiers have been hard at work and just might have enough clout to pick the next head of the Republican National Committee. Read more
Is the Gray Lady about to convert to fundamentalism?
I don't think so, but I was disappointed to see Kentucky's notorious Creation Museum listed among the attractions in The New York Times' Arts & Leisure Weekend Promotion heralded in a special pullout section of my newspaper last Sunday
During the Jan. 8-11 event, The Times sponsors public debates and discussions of contemporary issues and touts two-for-one admission discounts at museums, movies and shows in New York and around the country. Read more