The San Antonio Chapter of Americans United met on April 24 for a general assembly meeting and presentation by guest speaker Sarwat Husain, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations- San Antonio. Read more
On Friday I wrote about Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who has been trying to raise money and recruit supporters through a Religious Right Web site titled prayinjesusname.org.
Americans United and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) took issue with Klingenschmitt's site and his e-mail alerts that referred to him as "Chaplain Klingenschmitt" and showed him in a Navy uniform. We wrote to Navy officials, arguing that Klingenschmitt was attempting to mislead people, as he is a former chaplain. Read more
On Saturday, April 4 the Orange County California chapter of Americans United participated in the Great American Write In, an annual event in
The Northeastern Ohio Chapter of Americans United met in Independence, Ohio on March 5 for a presentation on whether Secular Humanists and Theists can join together to keep religion and matters of faith separate from the affairs of the state, for the purposes of facilitating peace, harmony and tolerance. The Elephant is Still in the Living Room, was presented by John Fazio, a retired lawyer and public relations professional with an interest in the influence of organized religion throughout history. Read more
Are you an agent of Satan? Bishop Robert W. Finn thinks you might be.
In a recent address to the Catholic Church-sponsored "Gospel of Life Convention," Finn stated bluntly, "We are at war!"
Using highly intemperate language, the Kansas City, Mo., prelate said the "Church Militant" is "engaged in a constant warfare with Satan" and "human enemies," people who are "deceived by Satan's distortions and lies." Read more
At least some people in Texas are standing up for sound science education. And hopefully, they won't back down, despite a new lawsuit challenging their decision.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for failing to approve its master's degree in creationism-based science education. Read more
Legislation that would target hate crimes is expected to start moving in Congress soon. The Religious Right is going bananas.
The legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913), is intended to do a few key things: It would allow the U.S. Justice Department to offer assistance when a crime that results in death or serious injury is committed against any American because of the victim's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Read more
Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign, has some advice for Republicans seeking office in the future. He said Friday that the GOP needs to reassess its relationship with religion.
Schmidt told the Log Cabin Republicans, a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans, that party positions on issues such as same-sex marriage cannot be based solely on religious belief. Read more
U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger of northern Florida is one smart guy.
On Wednesday, he gave a Florida public school quite a scolding, followed by a very important constitutional law lesson.
Two teachers at the school included a song called "In God We Still Trust" by the country group Diamond Rio into the program of a third-grade class' end-of-the-year assembly. Read more