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Marginalizing Morality?: Fla. Pastor Claims Church-State Separation Prevents Children From Learning Not To Steal

A Florida pastor thinks he has the solution to reducing theft in the United States, and it has nothing to do with law enforcement.

As far as the Rev. Garry Wiggins of Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Jacksonville is concerned, school-age children are being prevented from learning basic morals – including that theft is wrong – because of the pesky constitutional principle of church-state separation. Read more

Dixie Discrimination: Ark. Law Attacking LGBT Protections Goes Into Effect

Three Arkansas counties have refused to drop ordinances that ban anti-gay discrimination, despite a new state law designed to block them from enforcing the laws. The Associated Press (AP) reports that Little Rock, Hot Springs and  Pulaski County are keeping the ordinances; a fourth municipality, Eureka Springs, has not yet reached a decision. Read more

Weak Defense: Miss. School District Punished For Coercive Prayer Violations Claims Its Officials Don’t Understand First Amendment

A Mississippi school district is in hot water after it invited a Christian pastor to deliver a prayer at a school function, in violation of a court order. But the best (worst) part of this story is the district’s excuse for the violation: its administrators are incapable of understanding the First Amendment. Read more

Win For Women: Court Says Little Sisters Of The Poor Don't Have A ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Opt Out Of Contraceptive Mandate

When it comes to religion-based refusals, much of the focus in recent months has been on issues that stem from the widespread legalization of marriage equality. But there are other significant battles pertaining to “religious freedom,” one of which is the ongoing war some nonprofits are waging against birth control. Read more

New Coach, New Problems: Iowa State Men’s Basketball Coach Says He’ll Pray With Players

Iowa State University has a new men’s basketball coach, and he’s interested in winning souls as well as winning games. Steve Prohm, who arrives at Iowa State after gigs at Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University and Murray State University, recently told the Des Moines Register that he intends to pray with his new team. Read more

The Central Savannah River Area (Georgia) Americans United Chapter Screens Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Before the July 19th business meeting, Americans United Central Savannah River Area Chapter will watch part II of the 2007 NOVA documentary, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.

The screening will begin at 3:00 PM at the Columbia County Library meeting room (7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard). You can RSVP and share this event on Facebook. Read more

Defending Discrimination: The Religious Right Is Unhappy About Americans United’s New Project To End Religion-Based Refusals

This week, Americans United launched a new initiative, Protect Thy Neighbor (PTN), which is intended to stop religious zealots from using “religious freedom” as an excuse to discriminate against others. Unsurprisingly, those who are intent on discriminating against LGBT persons and others were none too happy about AU’s announcement.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins took to one of FRC’s many publications to denounce AU’s work as evidence of Christian “persecution.” Read more

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