Conventional wisdom holds that social issues won’t have much impact on the 2016 presidential election. Americans are more concerned about jobs and the economy, and besides, some recent polls show that Americans are less religious and moving to the left on social issues.
That’s the conventional wisdom. But there’s a problem – conventional wisdom can be, and often is, wrong. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule on marriage equality. But in anticipation of the verdict, state legislators have rammed a number of anti-LGBT bills through legislatures and onto the books.
The Nature Coast Chapter 65 of Americans United started about sixteen years ago in Citrus County, Florida. We organized in part because there is a large Evangelical and Roman Catholic representation in our community, and the School System uses volunteers from these religious group to help teach an abstinence-only policy in their family planning courses. Also, prayers often accompany political events and precede governmental meetings. Read more
The San Diego Americans United Chapter will be tabling at Godless Gala, San Diego’s first Secular Fair. The secular fair will take place on Saturday, June 27th from 5:00- 10:00 p.m. in the Kearny Mesa area, overlooking Murphy Canyon. The admission fee is $10.50 and tickets can be purchased online . Read more
A new political movement promises voters a religious revival in the state of Utah. The Modern People’s Party will, according to organizer Karen Lovell, promote a slate of candidates that will appeal to conservative members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).
In a letter published in The Pahvant Post, Lovell asked, “Would you like to have a candidate to support for each office who stands with the Lord on every issue?”
When the parents of an Indiana high school sophomore complained that their son was subjected to coercive prayers at multiple school events, officials were less than sympathetic to the family’s First Amendment concerns.
To say the family’s protest fell on deaf ears would be far too generous. In fact, one school administrator went so far as to blame the student for not accepting the sectarian messages in silence. Read more
A provocative headline from Reuters news service last week caught my eye. “Irish plunge stake through Catholic Church’s heart,” it read.
The headline is perhaps a bit hyperbolic. The column, by John Lloyd, co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, is a thoughtful analysis of how quickly the Catholic Church’s influence has fallen in Ireland – and why that has happened. Read more