Recent changes to Wisconsin’s private school voucher program are resulting in less money for public schools, an outcome that’s no surprise because some “school choice” advocates have long sought to drain government-run schools of their resources. But in a turn of events that voucher supporters may come to regret, the Badger State’s scheme could eventually lead to higher property taxes. Read more
Maine’s controversial Gov. Paul LePage (R) may have appointed a creationist to serve as the state’s acting education commissioner. Dr. William Beardsley is the former president of Bangor-based Husson University and is considered a close associate of LePage. The governor’s administration announced the appointment yesterday.
Beardsley’s academic credentials aren’t in doubt. His understanding of basic science is less certain: He expressed unequivocal support for teaching creationism during his unsuccessful 2010 bid to become the Republican nominee for governor. Read more
My inbox this morning contained a press release from the American Family Association (AFA). The Tupelo, Miss.-based Religious Right group has exciting news: It has decided to launch a new tool to rate companies based on how they deal with “religious liberty.” Read more
A Washington state high school football coach will continue to host prayers at football games, even though he has been told to quit. Bremerton High School’s Joseph Kennedy says he has “an agreement with God” to pray at the 50 yard line after every game. Read more
Can something good come out of something bad? Maybe. Consider this case from Tennessee: A state lawmaker, moved to action by Islamophobia, recently filed a bill that would prevent public schools from promoting “religious doctrine.” Read more
Marriage equality may be the law of the land in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the Religious Right has given up on the matter. In fact, a group led by the head of a government religious liberty council thinks all who oppose the ruling should employ “constitutional resistance” and essentially ignore the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more
Republican presidential contender Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a favorite among some in the media. Although his poll numbers aren’t impressive, Kasich, many in the press corps would have the country believe, is a thoughtful, moderate alternative to the likes of Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Read more
In what seems to be a case of genuine religious persecution, a Hindu dental technician working on a contract with the U.S. Air Force says she was fired because of her religious beliefs.
And in a move that has been described as “a literal ‘witch hunt,’” her former co-workers even accused her of practicing witchcraft. Read more
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, the Great Chicago Fire and the defeat of the Roman Emperor Licinius by Constantine the Great.
But some schoolchildren are marking the day for alternative reasons: It’s Bring Your Bible To School Day. The event is Focus on the Family’s yearly attempt to transform average public school students into classroom missionaries. Read more