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At Cross Purposes: Chapel Change At William And Mary Ignites Nasty Debate

A seemingly simple gesture of inclusion has set off fierce debate at one of the nation's oldest public universities. In October 2006, College of William and Mary President Gene Nichol decided a cross should be removed from permanent display in the Williamsburg, Virginia university's Wren Chapel. Read more

Jailhouse Crock: Religious Right Unleashes Propaganda Barrage In Advance Of 'InnerChange' Court Appearance

A week from today, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in an Americans United-sponsored case challenging tax funding of Prison Fellowship's "InnerChange Freedom Initiative" (IFI) for inmates in Iowa.The case is receiving heightened scrutiny because of a surprise development: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will sit on the three-judge panel that will hear the case. Read more

Dishonoring John Leland: Baptists Give Religious Liberty Award To Bush

The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee (ERLC) recently presented their annual John Leland Religious Liberty Award to President George W. Bush.

According to Baptist Press News, ERLC President Richard Land presented the honor to the president in a Jan. 29 ceremony in the Oval Office. Read more

Black Backtracks: Senate Chaplain Drops Out Of Religious Right Conference

It's not unusual for government officials to appear at dinners, conferences and galas, but when Americans United staffers came across Senate Chaplain Barry Black's name on the list of speakers at an extreme right-wing event, we were shocked.

Black was scheduled to appear at Coral Ridge Ministries' "Reclaiming America for Christ" conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., next month. Yesterday afternoon, AU Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn sent a letter to Black's office, asking him to reconsider. Read more

Carolina Inquisition: Presidential Hopeful Romney Faces Grilling About Religion

Are we in the middle of a race for the White House or The Inquisition?

According to the Associated Press, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been campaigning for the Republican nomination in South Carolina. This week, Romney, a Mormon, attended the House Republican caucus there. The AP says that caucus sessions always begin with a Bible verse and a prayer in Christ's name, led by Republican state Rep. Bob Leach. Read more

A Lasting Legacy: The Rev. Robert Drinan's Voice For Justice Will Be Sorely Missed

The Rev. Robert F. Drinan entered Congress in 1971 as the first elected Roman Catholic priest and a staunch opponent of America's increasing military involvement in Vietnam.

Drinan, who died Jan. 28, served five more terms, during which he built a reputation as a leading proponent of human rights, civil liberties and the First Amendment principle of church-state separation. Read more

Big Battle At The Ranch: Michigan Agency Wins Round In Fracas Over 'Faith-Based' Funding

An evangelical group that seeks to convince troubled juveniles to turn their lives around by embracing its version of Christianity has lost another round in a long court battle over a decision by Michigan officials to stop funding it. Read more

Don't Subsidize Religion!: Why Congress Should Reject The Bush School Voucher Scheme

School vouchers have again made it onto the national stage. In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President George W. Bush reintroduced a plan to create a federal voucher program that subsidizes tuition at religious and other private schools. He mentioned the plan in passing while urging Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) this year. Read more

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