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Dishonest Dialogue: Religious Right Tells Pastors To Preach Politics At Texas Gathering

Always beware of the Religious Right when it’s bearing gifts, as was the case at a recent conference attended by roughly 950 pastors in Austin, Texas. Read more

Does The Universe Revolve Around You?: Geocentrist Creationists Seek To Become The Center Of Attention

There are days when fundamentalist zealots do something so off the wall that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I do a little bit of both.

Today is one of those days. This emotional roller-coaster comes courtesy of a band of extremists who have fine-tuned creationism and have concluded – wait for it – that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong: The Earth really is the center of the universe. Read more

Suspicious Stories: Created Controversies Complicate Religion In Public Schools

Ever hungry for a headline, Fox News contributor Todd Starnes has drummed up yet another controversy over religion in public schools. He recently took to his column to tell the tale of a Florida girl, 5-year-old Gabriella Perez, who had allegedly been told by her teacher that she could not pray over her lunch.
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Church Of Mammon?: IRS Says Large Televangelist Group Qualifies As A House Of Worship

If you want to start a church, all you need is your own television show. So says the Internal Revenue Service, anyway.

A recent report by National Public Radio (NPR) told the puzzling story of Daystar, a televangelist network based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The network, which is run by Marcus and Joni Lamb, is “dedicated to spreading the Gospel 24 hours a day, seven days a week” to its potential audience of 2 billion worldwide. Read more

Mississippi Mayhem: Magnolia State Is The Latest To Consider Flawed ‘Religious Freedom’ Legislation

Mississippi is the latest state to send “religious freedom” legislation to the governor’s desk, prompting fresh controversy over what critics believe is a license to discriminate against LGBT people.
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Blinded By The (Religious) Right: Christian Group That Receives Federal Grants Accepts, Then Rejects LGBT Employees

A Christian charity’s decision to hire married LGBT individuals was almost immediately reversed after an outcry from the Religious Right, prompting questions about the federal funding it receives for its work.

World Vision, which uses child sponsorships to deliver aid to developing communities, announced the change to its hiring policies on Monday. Read more

What’s In A Name?: Okla. Judge Who Denied Transgender Name Changes On Biblical Grounds Gets Overruled

An Oklahoma judge who used the Bible as the basis for denying name-change requests by women who had gender-reassignment surgery has been overruled by a higher court. Read more

AU's Steven Baines To Speak In Portland, Oregon, April 7

Leaders of the political and religious right have once again initiated a battle over religious liberty by asserting that their right to freedom of conscience is under attack by "left-wing, Godless activists." The Rev. Steven C. Baines will address how and why fundamentalists are polarizing voters prior to the 2014 elections, undermining the Affordable Care Act, attacking LGBT anti-discrimination laws, and devaluing America's religious pluralism. Read more

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