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The Real World: Why Supreme Court Appointments Are So Important

It's possible "Tonight Show" Host Jay Leno already has conclusive results on this, but for today's purposes, I'm just going to make a wild assumption.

I'm going to assume that if I stopped the average American on the street and asked him or her to name all the U.S. Supreme Court justices, most would probably have no clue.

In fact, I doubt it would be much of a gamble to claim that many would not even know there are nine justices. Read more

Hunting Souls In Afghanistan: Video Exposes Military Proselytizing Plan

A video that shows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan plotting to distribute Bibles and preach Christianity to the largely Muslim population there is creating quite a stir.

The footage was shot a year ago by Brian Hughes, a documentary film maker and was recently featured on the English version of Al Jazeera. It shows a band of soldiers stationed at Bagram openly discussing ways to get around military regulations that ban proselytizing by soldiers in Afghanistan. Read more

Targeting Texas: Social Studies Panel May Include Right-Wing Ideologues

First it was science. Now it's social studies. What's next – a Religious Right version of algebra?

Texas Freedom Network (TFN) reported over the weekend that the Texas State Board of Education is gearing up to appoint a social studies curriculum "expert" panel, and according to TFN, David Barton is at the top of this "expert" list. Read more

Diplomas And Disrespect: Public Schools Should Not Force Religion On Graduating Seniors

This summer, I will celebrate my 10-year high school reunion. In fact, just last week I received a Facebook message from our class president to "save the date" (which, as a side note, I doubt I will be "saving").

But reading the message got me thinking. High school can be a tough place, but there definitely were some good times. And one of those times was putting on my cap and gown to celebrate finally getting out of there! Read more

The First 100 Days: President Obama's Scorecard On Church And State

I guess it's a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I'm not his teacher, and he's not my student.

But what the heck? It's a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I'm focusing on issues with church-state implications. Somebody else can tackle the other topics. Read more

History Hysteria: Religious Right Attacks Holocaust Education In Kentucky

Teachers are always looking for ways to make history a more interesting and relevant subject. Young people tend to get turned off if history appears to be little more than memorizing a dry list of dates, names and battles.

Many schools want to find ways to make history come alive. In my daughter's high school, the class did special projects when they discussed the 1920s. (My daughter designed and sewed her own flapper dress.) When it was time to study the Great Depression, the class watched and then discussed the 1940 film adaptation of "The Grapes of Wrath." Read more

Spiritual Warfare: Ex-Chaplain Prays For Death Of AU's Lynn

On Friday I wrote about Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who has been trying to raise money and recruit supporters through a Religious Right Web site titled

Americans United and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) took issue with Klingenschmitt's site and his e-mail alerts that referred to him as "Chaplain Klingenschmitt" and showed him in a Navy uniform. We wrote to Navy officials, arguing that Klingenschmitt was attempting to mislead people, as he is a former chaplain. Read more