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Fall From Grace: What The Religious Right Should Learn From The McDonnell Scandal

Leaders of Religious Right groups are fond of telling us that if we elect more fundamentalist Christians to office, we’ll have less corruption. Biblical literalists must be more ethical, right? Read more

F For Effort: ‘School Choice’ Group Grades States Based On How Easy It Is To Get A Voucher

A “school choice” advocacy group recently put out a report card on voucher programs around the country, but the rankings aren’t based on things like test scores, graduation rates or college prep. Instead, the Center For Education Reform (CER) rated state programs based on how easy it is for students to obtain a voucher.

CER looked at the 14 states plus Washington, D.C., with voucher schemes. It gave out three As, three Bs, seven Cs and two Ds. Read more

A Visit To The Reality Community: Americans Have Sex. Americans Use Birth Control. Let’s Move On.

Over the weekend, Americans United Senior Litigation Counsel Greg Lipper took part in a panel discussion about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision at a meeting of the American Political Science Association here in Washington, D.C. Read more

We Don’t Need No (Sex) Education?: Some Public Schools Continue To Push Dogma Over Science

The school year’s begun and debates over sex education have already spilled into school board meetings across the country. In Arizona, officials in the Tempe Union High School district are attempting to insert dogmatic views into a sex education course to be launched this fall.
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Mosque Mess: U.S. Government Sues Minn. Town Over Islamic Center Rejection

A Minnesota town is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for denying a zoning permit to a mosque.

Members of the Abu Huraira Islamic Center claim they were unconstitutionally denied the permit by the city of St. Anthony in 2012. On Wednesday, the DOJ agreed.

Speaking at a press conference about the suit, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lugar didn’t mince words.  Read more

Taxing Our Patience: Is The IRS Finally Ready To Stop Church Politicking?

Have you heard the latest? The Internal Revenue Service has entered into a secret deal with an atheist group to monitor pastors all over America and squelch their political speech!

That’s the latest paranoid fantasy from the Religious Right. The truth, as is often the case, is much more mundane.

Before we get to the meat of things, some background: A lot of us in the separation of church and state community have been frustrated over the blatant partisan political activity that some churches (on the right and the left) engage in. Read more

Prayer Problems: Does Greece Town Board’s New Invocation Policy Exclude Atheists And Other Religious Minorities?

The Town Board of Greece, N.Y., has issued its formal policy on pre-meeting prayers, leading to a combination of confusion and backlash.  

Almost four months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that while communities are free to open their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers, they may not exclude other points of view. Read more

Bad History: Another Ala. Official Thinks The Constitution Is Based On The Ten Commandments

An Alabama official wants to display the Ten Commandments outside a county courthouse, and he thinks he can justify the location of said monument by arguing that the famous list of biblical laws simply isn’t religious.

Instead, said Jackson County Commissioner Tim Guffey (R), he just wants people to know the supposed basis behind America’s most famous documents. Read more

Censorship Challenge: Texas Pastor Seeks Restrictions On ‘Dangerous’ Library Books

Back in the 1990s, some Religious Right activists in Virginia got the bright idea to begin attacking America’s public libraries. The idea was to demonize public libraries in the same way that public schools have been successfully demonized by fundamentalists in some parts of the country.

The effort, dubbed “Family Friendly Libraries,” fell flat. Americans simply weren’t interested in allowing a bunch of far-right Christian fundamentalists to determine what books they or their children could read. Read more

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