With the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans on the rise, the Religious Right is searching for a magic formula that will convert more people to fundamentalism. As far as two organizations are concerned, the solution lies in doubling down on the same old fiery, hateful rhetoric the Religious Right has employed for years. Read more
On Friday, Irish voters will decide whether or not to amend their constitution to legalize same-sex marriage. If passed, the measure would add a single sentence to the Irish Constitution that reads, “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” Read more
Americans United’s Legal Department received a complaint recently about a public high school in the town of Willoughby that planned to perform an opera based on Christian concepts.
The opera, “I Am Martol,” was written by Ben Richard, a choral music teacher at South High School. Its plot concerns a sinner who is approached by a messenger from God and given a final chance to repent by accepting the Lord’s message of salvation. The sinner does so and ascends into heaven. In other words, it was the standard evangelical Christian message set to music. Read more
The Ark Park could come to Louisiana if one state representative if one lawmaker with close ties to Answers in Genesis (AiG) head Ken Ham gets his way.
Maryland AU and the Baltimore Coalition of Reason are hosting Rev. Barry Lynn, at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, at 12 W. Franklin Street, Sunday, May 17 at 11 AM. Barry will speak on “Separation Anxiety: The First Amendment at Risk” — and will update everyone on the latest church-state separation events such as arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality.
Columbia AU recently hosted Robert Aughenbaugh and Kaye Schmitt of Protect Portland Children and Bruce Adams of Americans United discussing proselytizing in public schools and what you can do about it.
Back in the 1990s when I was regularly covering the antics of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition, one part of the job was particularly distasteful: listening to speeches by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Read more
When it comes to religion in America, the majority is most certainly not permitted to rule. Apparently an official in a North Carolina county is unaware of this fact, as evidenced by his recent claim that non-Christians should be banned from giving prayers before local government meetings. Read more