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Kooky Curriculum: Ohio Public School Under Fire For Using Creationist Video Produced By Turkish Televangelist

Apparently some creationists are so eager to advance their agenda that they will use just about any materials they can get their hands on – including a video made by a controversial evangelist in Turkey who collects young woman followers and has been accused of being a Holocaust denier.

Bluegrass Bonanza: Ky. Theocrat Loses Grip On Statehouse Seat

Political news of late has been dominated by three people – Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They’ve certainly provided good copy, but there are some other things going on politically that you might not have heard about.

Let’s consider Kentucky, for example. The commonwealth has been the site of mostly bad news lately. Ken Ham’s “Ark Park” is getting taxpayer incentives, and the state’s Republican governor, Matt Bevin, is thrilled.

Persecution In Philly?: Man Claims He Was Kicked Out Of Apple Store Because Of His Religious Beliefs

It seems a man known as “Philly Jesus” is not feeling the brotherly love of his namesake city after he was, in his attorney’s words, thrown out of a retail store “because of his religious beliefs.”

The actual charges against him, however, appear to have more to do with inappropriate behavior than faith.

Behind Closed Doors: Secretive Far-Right Umbrella Group Boasts An Extreme Membership

On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released the 2014 membership directory of the Council for National Policy (CNP), a conservative political pressure group. It’s an unusual breach for the group, whose thrice-yearly meetings are shrouded in secrecy.

First, Do No Harm: How to Restore A Federal Religious Freedom Law

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) was born of good intentions: to protect the fundamental American value of religious freedom.

In the two decades since, however, many have misconstrued and exploited the law in ways that would result in harm to others. We can’t stand by and watch the corruption of the noble concept of freedom of religion and belief. RFRA should be restored to its original purpose so that the law, once again, can be a shield to protect religious freedom and not a sword to harm others.

Political Piety Panned: We Don't Need A 'God's Party'

Every few years, a political pundit comes along and proclaims that the Religious Right is dead or on the verge of dying. I started working here in 1987 and have heard it proclaimed many times over nearly three decades.

The latest theory goes like this: Donald Trump is such a divisive figure that he has split the Religious Right. The movement won’t recover from his candidacy.

Happy Birthday, John Leland!: Remembering An Overlooked Hero Of Church-State Separation

Tomorrow is the birthday of an unsung hero of church-state separation: the Rev. John Leland.

Leland, born in Grafton, Mass., on May 14, 1754, became a nomadic Baptist preacher after abandoning the Congregationalism of his early years. He eventually moved to Virginia in 1775, where he quickly became a prominent religious and political figure.

In the Crosshairs: Fla. City Debates Future of Sectarian Symbol In Public Park

A cross displayed in a public park in Pensacola, Fla., isn’t a problem because it’s “simply there” and it’s like a tree.

I know. It doesn’t make sense. Yet those arguments were made recently by the Pensacola News-Journal after the American Humanist Association (AHA) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit to remove a Latin cross from Bayview Park. The suit, which the groups filed on behalf of four residents, argues that the display of a sectarian symbol on public land violates the First Amendment.

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