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The Waltons' War On Public Education: Heirs Of Wal-Mart Founder Spend Millions Supporting School Vouchers

A lot of people don’t like Wal-Mart, and with good reason. The big-box retailer has been accused of paying unreasonably low wages, intimidating employees who complain about poor working conditions and even bribing foreign officials. Read more

Religious Freedom: The Greatest Gift Of All

Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. Happy Holidays to all!

It's Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren't making note of it at all.

What could be better than to have the right to choose for yourself?

Push Back At Notre Dame: Federal Court Rejects University’s Attack On Contraceptive Access

If you’ve been following the news, you know that secular, for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby have been challenging the contraceptive mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services has interpreted to be part of the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Duck Doofus: Reality TV Star’s Anti-Gay, Racist Ramblings Draw Support From Politicians Courting Religious Right

Quite a brouhaha erupted this week over homophobic comments made by Phil Robertson, head of the family that stars on A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Now several politicians looking to court Religious Right voters are diving into the fray – in support of Robertson’s “religious liberty.” Read more

Christmas Stories: All Too Often, Religious Right Tales Of Holiday Horror Don’t Add Up

Earlier this week, FoxNews.com published a column by Religious Right attorney Kelly Shackelford accusing Americans United and other groups of ignoring the allegedly overwhelming evidence that there is a “war on Christmas.”

In his column, Shackelford mentioned several incidents that he insists are proof of this war. Let’s take a closer look at them, shall we? Read more

Missed Opportunity: North Carolina’s Voucher Program Likely To Fund Homeschools

Supporters of North Carolina’s new voucher program say its “Opportunity Scholarships” are intended to benefit the state’s most disadvantaged students. This is common rhetoric from school choice advocates, who base their arguments on the assumption that private schools always offer students a better education.
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The Religious Right’s Nightmare Before Christmas: Poll Finds Increasing Percentage Of Americans View Dec. 25 As A Secular Holiday

The Religious Right is constantly complaining that “angry atheists” and “radical secularists” are kicking Christ out of Christmas, but a new poll suggests that more and more Americans – Christians included – increasingly view Christmas as a secular holiday rather than a religious one. Read more

Polygamy In Utah: It’s Still Illegal

Over the weekend, you might have seen a news story with a headline like, “Court Strikes Down Utah Polygamy Law.”

If all you read was the headline, you might assume that polygamy was once again legal in Utah. It’s not. Instead, the state has been told not to interfere in religious ceremonies that, while they may have meaning for the people who take part in them, bestow no government recognition. Read more

Cross Over?: Court Rules Calif. Sectarian Symbol On Government Land Must Come Down

A federal court has ordered the removal of the controversial Mt. Soledad cross near San Diego. The towering symbol of Christianity, built in 1954 on the peak of Mt. Soledad, is a 43 foot high Latin cross – and it sits on government-owned land.
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Pocketful Of Problems: Group Providing Constitutions To Fla. Public School Students Believes Church-State Separation Doesn’t Exist

It seems Florida public school students have been handed a pocketful of lies about church-state separation thanks to a state judge who arranged for the distribution of mini copies of the Constitution from a right-wing group with theocratic beliefs.

Back in 2006, then-Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis created a program called Justice Teaching in order to help children learn about the Constitution, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Read more

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