Ah, Christmas! The time of year when our thoughts turn to decorated holiday trees, presents, eggnog and Albert Einstein.
Wait a minute – Albert Einstein?
Yep, the theoretical physicist and all-around super-genius has become an official part of the holiday season, at least in Arkansas. Einstein will appear in a Solstice display at the state capitol in Little Rock, thanks to a recent ruling by a federal court. Read more
It's 11 days until Christmas and as each day goes by, we continue to hear more "War on Christmas" rants from the Religious Right.
The latest comes out of Alvarado, Texas, where a pastor plans to put on a production called "A Politically Correct Christmas." Read more
It's always nice when we can end the week on a high note. News reports indicate that Congress seems to be on board with adding new regulations to the school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia and eventually closing it entirely. Read more
Sometimes when I'm attending a meeting of a Religious Right group and feeling all of the anger in the room, I think to myself, "There are some seriously unhappy people here. What is it about America that has these folks so riled up?" Read more
It's been a little while since we've had an update on the Mt. Soledad cross controversy, but today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is finally hearing oral arguments to decide if this cross is a religious symbol or a generic and secular emblem of death.
It seems like it would be such an obvious answer – the cross represents Christianity!
Part of my job here at Americans United is to correspond with the general public. Frequently I find myself engaged in answering the most basic of questions. I'm often explaining the significance of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists wherein he coined the phrase "wall of separation between church and state." Read more
Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, how do you celebrate it – as a religious or a secular holiday? Maybe you do a little bit of both. Perhaps you celebrate the Solstice. Maybe you celebrate another holiday or do nothing at all.
I'm glad we have the choice about what to do at the time of year. But I'm troubled by the fact some people don't want us to have that choice. Read more
Some years ago, I attended a press conference held by notorious anti-abortion zealot Randall Terry. There weren't many people at the event, and afterward Terry asked me where I was from.
When I told him I worked at Americans United, he replied, "You and Barry Lynn had better watch it – you're going to hell!"
I rolled my eyes and shrugged it off. I expect that sort of thing from a guy like Terry, so it was no big deal. In his view, pretty much everyone is going to hell.
But I wouldn't expect such a comment – and I wouldn't tolerate it – from a government official. Read more
"We could do today what we couldn't do yesterday," stated George Daley, a researcher at Children's Hospital in Boston, in response to yesterday's clearance from the Obama administration for scientists to begin using new lines of human embryonic stem cells in federally funded experiments.