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St. Louis AU Instrumental in Religious Liberty Win

The Board of Aldermen in Ballwin, Mo., recently voted 6-2 against posting an “In God We Trust” plaque in their meeting room. The Knights of Columbus had pledged to donate $750 to cover the expense.
 
Working with area secular groups, St. Louis AU and ADL provided a religious voice for why church-state separation is important to both people of faith and non-believers alike.
 
St. Louis AU Chapter President Cynthia Holmes delivered stirring testimony before the Board, as did secular activist Nikki Moungo.  AU chapter members, the St.

San Antonio AU Presents Prof. Gerald E. Poyo

San Antonio AU, in collaboration with Southwest Workers Union and Bihl Haus Arts, presents Prof. Gerald E. Poyo. Prof. Poyo is speaking on “Social Justice Catholics and the Cuban Revolution.”

Dr. Poyo is professor of history and department chair at St. Mary’s University.  He is the author of three books on the Cuban exile experience of the 19th and 20th centuries and the editor of four books on U.S. Latino Catholicism and Mexican American history and literature. Read more

Love For Sale: Values Voter Summit Screens Dubious Historical ‘Romance’ Film

The Values Voters Summit is upon us again, which means we’re in for another round of lectures on the superiority of “traditional” marriage. Given the successes enjoyed by marriage equality advocates this year, you could be forgiven for thinking that Religious Right leaders would at least acknowledge that the tide is against them. Read more

Backdoor Blasphemy: Pa. County Intends To Pursue Jesus Statue ‘Desecration’ Case

It seems a Pennsylvania county has its heart set on enforcing a backdoor blasphemy law thanks to a persistent and misguided district attorney.

Earlier this month, a story made the rounds on social media concerning a 14-year-old boy in Everett, Pa., who posted on Facebook a photo of himself simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus. Read more

The Censorship Crusade: A Story For Banned Books Week

Yesterday marked the start of the American Library Association’s annual “Banned Books Week.” In light of that, it’s a good time to celebrate the fact that ultra-conservative religious groups no longer have the power to determine what we read. Read more

Crisis of Faith: Religious Facilities Rely On Misleading Tactics, Dupe Women

A new VICE documentary reveals that publicly funded, religiously motivated crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) represent a growing national problem. Hosted by Fazeelat Aslam, Misconception tackles the misleading advertising tactics used by many, if not most, CPCs to disguise their true intentions: To dissuade women from accessing legal abortion, and to proselytize anyone who comes through the door. Read more

In Bad Company: ‘Ark Park’ Mastermind To Headline Conference Organized By Group Tied To Neo-Confederates

Ken Ham, president of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis, has sold Kentucky lawmakers on the idea that a religious theme park featuring a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark deserves taxpayer dollars because it will create jobs. Read more

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