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Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues. Read more

Board Bungle: Louisiana Opens The Door To Creationism – Again

Education officials in Louisiana yesterday had the opportunity to slam the door firmly on the teaching of creationism and "intelligent design" (ID) in public schools. Unfortunately, they did not take it.

The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-0 to adopt new science guidelines that critics fear will muddy the waters and open the door to sectarian concepts in science class. Read more

Gobble Bobble: I Correct The Sheriff On Bogus 'Christian Nation' History

I love how Religious Right activists consider any historical reference to religion as evidence of our country's "Christian heritage" – even when those references point in the exact opposite direction.

Consider Sheriff Tim Gobble of Bradley County, Tenn. For some reason, Sheriff Gobble has decided to branch out from his job of arresting lawbreakers and dabble as an amateur historian. Unfortunately, he doesn't know what he's talking about. Read more

Louisiana Showdown: State School Board Addresses Rules About Teaching Evolution

Will Louisiana public schools soon be teaching religious concepts in science class?

That's the question coming before the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this week.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the board is scheduled to act on guidelines for the teaching of "controversial" subjects such as evolution. Read more

Fallacious Flier: Religious Right Distorts Real Meaning Of 'Religious Freedom Day'

January 16th is "Religious Freedom Day," an annual event that commemorates one of the greatest documents promoting religious liberty ever written – Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

Many scholars believe the Virginia Statute was an inspiration for the First Amendment. In eloquent language, the measure ended Virginia's state church and guaranteed religious liberty for all. If you haven't read it, you should. Read more

Capitol Lies: Religious Right Attacks On Visitors Center Don't Hold Up

I just got back from an exciting field trip: I walked a few blocks from Americans United's office to check out the Capitol Visitors Center, a new state-of-art facility that opened last month for people visiting the U.S. Capitol Building.

No, I wasn't goofing off; the visit was worked related. I am writing a story about Religious Right attacks on the Center for Church & State and figured I should take a look at it for myself. Read more

Plate Hate: South Carolina Rally Consigns Separationist Clergy To Hell

Things got ugly last night in Greer, S.C.

More than 400 people gathered at People's Baptist Church to protest a federal district court's decision to stop the production of a "Christian" license plate that would have featured a cross superimposed on a stained glass window with the words "I Believe." The DMV will decide by the end of the week whether they will appeal the district court's decision. Read more

Power Play: Religious Right Flexes Muscle In Race For GOP Leader

So, the Religious Right is dead, right? Its time has finally passed, and the movement has no more strength. It's yesterday's news, a historical relic, correct?

Not quite. It turns out the Religious Right might still have some kick left. In fact, its foot soldiers have been hard at work and just might have enough clout to pick the next head of the Republican National Committee. Read more