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Lesson From Boston: Let's Not Exile Religious Dissenter Anne Hutchinson Again

My family and I enjoyed a nice vacation last week in Boston and its environs. The weather was clear, and the days were full.

We spent some time at the beach, but like dads everywhere, I made sure to mix a little education in with our recreation. Thus, we trooped along Boston's celebrated "Freedom Trail" (in 96-degree heat!), visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord and spent a day in Salem. Read more

One Netroots Nation – Under God?: Panelists Discuss The Role Of Religion In Politics

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded over 60 years ago to stand as a voice on behalf of religious freedom. Our first staff, first board of directors, and first members understood that the philosophical differences between church-state separationists and the Religious Right had serious implications for the American public and our Constitution. Read more

Grade-A 'Choice' Baloney: D.C. Voucher Campaign Is Funded By Right-Wing Ideologues

The propaganda campaign on behalf of school vouchers in the District of Columbia is deplorable but relentless.

Yesterday, 70 or so parents, children and paid lobbyists rallied on behalf of the federally funded "D. C. Opportunity Scholarship" program in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Read more

Unsafe At Any Speed: Reckless Iowa Bus Driver Objects To Atheist Ad

A situation in Des Moines, Iowa, this week has painted a perfect picture of what could happen if Religious Right forces succeed in their push for overly broad "religious accommodation" laws for the workplace.

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) currently displays ads on all of its buses. Most recently, the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have purchased space on many DART buses for this message: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." Read more

Holy-War Fever: Radical Rhetoric Stokes Flames Of Right-Wing Paranoia

Is America on the verge of a holy war?

One writer seems to think so. In a provocative Esquire article, John H. Richardson detects an increasingly radical – and potentially violent – stream of religious-political activism afoot in the United States. Read more

Confusion On The Cape: Government Has No Business 'Helping' Churches

I'll be on vacation next week and am looking forward to it. We're going to Boston, one of my favorite cities and a place with something for everyone in my family.

My daughter loves the urban experience and shopping. Boston has plenty of swanky stores. My son is into science museums. Boston has a great one. I'm fond of history, which Boston has in spades. My wife likes to get away from it all and to relax on the beach, and Boston is close to the shore. Read more

Ann, Aliens and the Antichrist: A Corrective For Coulter

Today, the Wall of Separation welcomes a guest post from AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. The following blog was originally posted at Beliefnet.com, where the Rev. Lynn debates leading Religious Right attorney, Jay Sekulow.

Jay, I want to get back to the very serious issue of the debate over health care in a few days, but I want to interrupt that flow with a point of personal privilege. Read more

Lone Star History Final: Will The Texas State School Board Get An 'A' In Social Studies?

Generally, when people ask me about my college experience at American University, I am a pretty proud graduate.

I tell some great stories about my favorite professors. I had the opportunity to take a class on juvenile justice taught by a federal judge, a class on gang violence taught by a state prosecutor, a course on modern feminist history taught by a museum curator and a number of classes on public affairs taught by a renowned constitutional scholar (and former National Advisory Council member of Americans United). Read more

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