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Loose Liberties: Texas Bill Would Guarantee Right To Discriminate

Less than two weeks after the midterm elections, victorious social conservatives have already begun to fight for a dangerously expanded definition of religious liberty. Texas State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) may have beaten them all to the punch: She has proposed a bill that would grant business owners the right to discriminate against LGBT customers.

Senate Joint Resolution 10, filed Monday, has been written expressly to allow anti-gay discrimination. Read more

Getting Medieval: In Florida, A Catholic Mogul Seeks To Base An Entire Town On His Personal Theology

The small town of Ave Maria, Fla., is home to Ave Maria University, a strictly Catholic institution  – and critics say, an undemocratic form of government dominated by one man’s interpretation of religious doctrine.

The community of about 2,500 souls is a project of eccentric millionaire and Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, who reportedly planned the town as an ultra- conservative Catholic enclave in an isolated stretch of Florida countryside. Read more

Absentee Agency: Is The IRS Ready To Police Pulpit Politicking?

The Internal Revue Service indicated earlier this year that it has the proper mechanism in place to investigate houses of worship that break the law by engaging in partisan politicking. But recent comments by the tax agency’s top official indicate there’s still some confusion about this issue. Read more

Election Reflection: No Matter Who Is Running What, We’ll Keep Defending The Wall

Religious Right groups are crowing about the results of yesterday’s elections, and they have reason to: There’s no doubt that the next Congress is going to be more welcoming to right wingers who are obsessed with social issues.

With so many more far-right conservatives coming into Congress, it’s inevitable that we’ll see a ramping up of the “culture wars.” That’s unfortunate because I doubt that’s what most people were voting for yesterday. Read more

History Hysteria: Md. Dad Flips Out Over Daughter’s High School Study Of Islam

When an extremist dad found out his daughter had received an assignment to learn about the rise of Islam in history, he got more than a little upset. In fact, he went so far as to threaten the school.

The Maryland Independent in Charles County reported last week that Kevin Wood, a former corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, was slapped with a no-trespassing order after he made vague threats over the phone to La Plata High School Vice Principal Shannon Morris. Read more

Orange County (CA) AU Presents Jere Lipps On The Intersection Of Religion And Science

The Orange County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State November 8th  event will present Jere Lipps, a geologist, paleontologist and marine biologist who has studied the evolution and paleo-biology of marine organisms for decades.  He will address the politics of climate change, which is yet another place where some would like public policy to be based on religious beliefs rather than science.   

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