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Parade Of Religious Right Extremists: Va. Town’s Religious Freedom Celebration Dishonors Vision Of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wanted only three of his many accomplishments noted on his grave’s headstone, and one of them was his authorship of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Read more

Jesus On The Job: Kan. Officials Were Right To Curb Employee's Proselytizing

Last month, an employee of the Kansas Corporation Commission, a state agency, decided to add a reference to the employee newsletter about how much Christmas meant to him because it is the birthday of “the king” – Jesus Christ.

Jared Bowes’ bosses didn’t think this was such a good idea and removed the material. Bowes’ reaction was unusual: He sent an angry e-mail to all of the commission’s employees explaining his religious motivations. Read more

To Russia, With Hate: U.S. Anti-Gay Cultural Warriors Bring Olympic-Sized Homophobia To Eastern Europe

The world’s eyes are on Russia.

That’s probably little surprise, since the country is set to host the Winter Olympics next month. But its anti-gay policies threaten to distract from the Olympic pageantry as a government crackdown on LGBT activists raises global ire.
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Welcome To Fantasy Island: U.S. House Majority Leader Fights For ‘School Choice’ With Dubious Data

When it comes to the issue of “school choice,” U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) likes to create his own reality.

Cantor has long been an advocate for school vouchers, but lately his tales of voucher “success” stories are really going off the rails. Read more

Orange County (CA) AU to Host Screening of "The Revisionaries"

On Saturday, January 11, at 1:30 pm, the Orange County Chapter of AU will host a screening of "The Revisionaries: The School Text Book Fights in Texas."  The film is part of the chapter's on-going 'Flicks for Thought' series.  
 
This documentary portrays the story of what happened when the Texas State Board of Education tried to rewrite science and history text books when a creationist was chair of the Texas School Board.

Has The ‘Ark Park’ Run Aground?: Ky. Biblical Theme Park Has Only Weeks To Raise Millions

The drama surrounding Kentucky’s infamous “Ark Park” may soon be at an end amid reports that the biblical theme park is running out of time to raise the money it needs to get afloat. Read more

Scary Summit: Religious Right Leaders Meet To Plot Big-Money Blitz For 2014 Elections

These are challenging times for the Religious Right. The movement seems to be rapidly losing ground on one of its signature issues, same-sex marriage, and polls show large numbers of young people recoiling from the theocratic agenda of ultra-conservative fundamentalists.

So these groups must be ready to pack up their tents and go home, right? Read more

Problematic Proclamation: Texas Mayor Declares 2014 ‘Year of the Bible’

Mayor Tom Hayden of Flower Mound, Texas, rang in the new year by with a controversial use of his public office: He declared 2014 to be the “Year of the Bible,” based on a “One Year Bible” program that divides Scripture readings into a daily format over 12 months.

In an interview with a local TV station, Hayden spoke bluntly about his motivation. “There's so much benevolence on helping your fellow person,” he told reporters.
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Thickening Pill Plot: Non-Profit Challenges To Birth Control Mandate See Mixed Results In Courts

The waning days of 2013 were a mixed bag for supporters of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, as courts took conflicting stances on whether or not religious non-profits must comply with the new requirement, which went into effect yesterday.   

Many observers are focused on the fate of secular, for-profit corporations, which claim that the mandate violates their religious liberty rights, a matter the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this year. Read more

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