A debate over religious symbols at the Oklahoma state capitol took an unusual turn recently when a group that worships Satan inadvertently released an image of a monument it would like to erect on government property. Read more
These are challenging times for the Religious Right. The movement seems to be rapidly losing ground on one of its signature issues, same-sex marriage, and polls show large numbers of young people recoiling from the theocratic agenda of ultra-conservative fundamentalists.
So these groups must be ready to pack up their tents and go home, right? Read more
Mayor Tom Hayden of Flower Mound, Texas, rang in the new year by with a controversial use of his public office: He declared 2014 to be the “Year of the Bible,” based on a “One Year Bible” program that divides Scripture readings into a daily format over 12 months.
In an interview with a local TV station, Hayden spoke bluntly about his motivation. “There's so much benevolence on helping your fellow person,” he told reporters.
The waning days of 2013 were a mixed bag for supporters of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, as courts took conflicting stances on whether or not religious non-profits must comply with the new requirement, which went into effect yesterday.
Many observers are focused on the fate of secular, for-profit corporations, which claim that the mandate violates their religious liberty rights, a matter the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this year. Read more
It’s that time of year when people are compiling lists. So let’s look at the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2013.
News that President Obama did not attend Christmas church services has reignited a public debate over the president’s true religious affiliation. The New York Times reports that in lieu of church, Obama celebrated the holiday by singing carols, opening presents with his family and greeting soldiers at a local military base in his birth state, Hawaii.
It seems that every objective report on Louisiana’s ever-expanding school voucher program exposes serious problems, and the latest audits are no exception.
A federal report released before Christmas by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Louisiana’s voucher program has increased segregation in at least 15 public schools. According to the report, those schools would have been more racially integrated had some students not left because they received vouchers. Read more
Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. Happy Holidays to all!
It's Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren't making note of it at all.
What could be better than to have the right to choose for yourself?