The Texas State Board of Education has been wrangling over evolution for months now. Recently, board members spent two full days squabbling over new science standards and fighting over concepts such as common descent and natural selection.
The results were decidedly mixed. Some of the most obnoxious proposals failed to pass, but critics fear there is some overly vague language in the new standards that could open the door to creationist concepts in public schools. Read more
Should taxpayers be forced to subsidize social service programs that discriminate in hiring on religious grounds?
Most Americans would quickly and emphatically say, "No!" If taxpayers of all faiths (and none) are paying for a program, taxpayers of all faiths (and none) should be eligible to work there. Applicants should be judged on their qualifications, not their theological opinions.
Yet former President George W. Bush allowed exactly that kind of job bias in publicly funded programs run by faith-based agencies. Read more
A 77-year-old retired public school teacher is fighting for the Bible to be taught in Idaho's schools, according to a report in the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Chuck Sheldon, founder and executive director of the group Our Godly American Heritage, claims he wants to see an academic course on the Bible to be taught as an elective. He believes the Idaho Constitution's provision stating that "no sectarian or religious tenets or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public schools" has been standing in his way. Read more
Back in 1995, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of some conservative Christian students at the University of Virginia who sought money from a student activity fund to publish a Christian magazine.
The decision in Rosenberger v. University of Virginia was a close 5-4, and the right-wing groups that backed the students were full of glee. They had finally succeeded in putting a few chinks in the wall of separation between church and state – at Thomas Jefferson's university, no less. Read more
Britney Spears' "Circus" tour is just getting under way. Brittany McComb's tour through the federal court system is about to come to an end.
In 2006, McComb made national headlines with her high school valedictorian speech.
As the Nevada senior began to tell her fellow graduates how God's "love is something that we all desire, it's unprejudiced, it's merciful, it's free, it's real, it's huge, it's everlasting.... God's love is so great that He gave up His only son," school officials pulled the plug on her microphone. Read more
Here's some news you might have missed: Newt Gingrich is trying to refashion himself yet again – this time as a moral leader who seeks to "renew" America.
No, no, I was not taken in by a story from The Onion. This is true. Yep, everyone's favorite serial adulterer, the mother of all toxic assets, Newt Gingrich wants to lecture you, me and everybody else on how to live a good, decent and Christian life. Read more
Just when you think Religious Right groups can't get any farther out on the edge of the flat Earth, they do.