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Challenging Censorship: Banned Books Week Is A Time To Stand Up For The Right To Read

Yesterday marked the start of Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Booksellers Association and other groups. Read more

Friday Night Liturgy: Many High School Football Coaches Push Prayer On Players

It’s no secret that faith is a big part of football in certain regions of the United States, but a Tennessee newspaper has just shed some light on the extent to which prayer is intertwined with many public school football programs.

In a poll conducted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, all 32 coaches at public schools in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia who responded to the survey identify as Christian and said they support team prayer in some form. Read more

DOJ Disappointment: Obama Administration Wants To Help Religious Right In Supreme Court Prayer Case

For most of President Barack Obama’s time in office, there has been a pretty steady drumbeat from the Religious Right and its allies about his supposed “war on religion.” That claim, among others, was used to motivate right-wing fundamentalists to work assiduously to defeat Obama in 2012. Read more

Houston AU Hosts Bishop Gene Robinson

The Houston Chapter of Americans United is pleased to present an evening with Gene Robinson, retired bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. Bishop Robinson will be speaking about religious freedom in America and how the Religious Right gets it wrong.  The event takes place Thursday, October 3, from 7:30 to 9 PM, at St.

San Antonio (TX) Hosts First Amendment Workshop

San Antonio AU believes the First Amendment represents the very cornerstone of our freedoms-freedoms that today are under constant attack from religious and political extremists. The Workshop, on Saturday, September 21, from 12-5 PM, is designed to help educate our community so they can be better informed on critically important topics that go to the core of what it means to be an American.
 
Rob Boston, AU communications director and the author of a number of books on church-state separation and the Religious Right, is the opening speaker.

Trouble In Paradise: Tax Aid To Sectarian School Nixed In Hawaii

It always pays to read the fine print. You never know what might be lurking in a lengthy, legalistic document.

Case in point: Legislators in Hawaii recently approved a state budget. As you can imagine, a $6 billion budget for a state of 1.4 million people can be a pretty complex thing. Some lawmakers probably signed off on it without reading every word. Read more

Bayou Battle: Zack Kopplin Fights To Access Public Records On Louisiana’s ‘Science Act,’ Voucher Program

Louisiana’s voucher program is in some real trouble thanks to a federal lawsuit alleging that the scheme hinders federally mandated desegregation in many school districts, but before answering to the U.S. Department of Justice, the state will have to deal with a 20-year-old who advocates for sound science education.     Read more

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