Is it ever OK for a church to receive taxpayer money for a restoration project? A Massachusetts judge seems to think so.
Trinity Methodist Church opened in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard in 1879, and it remains an active congregation to this day. As will happen with old buildings, it’s overdue for some repairs. Specifically, the stained glass windows are in need of restoration. Read more
On Friday the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the days leading up to the anniversary and over the weekend, newspapers, blogs and news sites ran scads of stories about JFK and what might have been. Read more
Whoever named Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law may have tried to remind the Religious Right and Catholic hierarchy that performing any marriage ceremony is optional.
The measure, signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, is called the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” and it specifies that no house of worship can be forced to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony if it doesn’t want to do so. Read more
An Oklahoma school district is debating a proposal that would create a Bible class for Mustang High School students.
School officials stress that the class would be an elective, but even so, there are clear reasons to be concerned. The proposal is based on curriculum designed by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, infamous for his ongoing legal battle against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
Americans United has successfully foiled plans by a county council in Washington state to hand over thousands of taxpayer dollars to a Christian fundamentalist group that targets young children for conversion.
Americans United sent a letter Monday to officials on the Pierce County Council warning them that their proposal to give $7,000 to Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) could result in legal action. Read more
Kentucky lawmakers seem to be doing all they can to plug holes in the perpetually leaky “Ark Park.”
We haven’t heard a whole lot lately about Ark Encounter, a proposed Christian fundamentalist theme park that’s built around a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark. That’s because the project has sailed into a sea of trouble. Read more
Students at Richardson High School near Dallas received an unexpected lesson on the Constitution yesterday, courtesy of Christian speaker Justin Lookadoo.
Many of them walked out of a required school assembly after Lookadoo, author of Dateable and The Dateable Rules: Guide to the Sexes, repeatedly made sexist comments during his presentation. Read more