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Schools For Scandal: New Government Report Another Blow Against D.C.’s Voucher Plan

Washington, D.C., is home to the nation’s only federally funded private school voucher program. And it’s a mess. Read more

Leaky Boat: Kentucky Officials Labor To Keep Struggling ‘Ark Park’ From Sinking

Kentucky lawmakers seem to be doing all they can to plug holes in the perpetually leaky “Ark Park.”

We haven’t heard a whole lot lately about Ark Encounter, a proposed Christian fundamentalist theme park that’s built around a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark. That’s because the project has sailed into a sea of trouble. Read more

A Dateable Debacle: Texas School Presentation Raises Serious Constitutional Questions

Students at Richardson High School near Dallas received an unexpected lesson on the Constitution yesterday, courtesy of Christian speaker Justin Lookadoo.

Many of them walked out of a required school assembly after Lookadoo, author of Dateable and The Dateable Rules: Guide to the Sexes, repeatedly made sexist comments during his presentation. Read more

Voucher Advocates Get Schooled: Private School Teacher Slams ‘School Choice Week’

“National School Choice Week,” a propaganda initiative created by the forces that want you to pay taxes to support someone else’s religious school, is still two months away. But some educators are already pushing back against an onslaught of misinformation.

In an open letter published by the Huffington Post, Steve Nelson of Manhattan’s prestigious Calhoun School told voucher backers they’d have to campaign without him. Read more

Imaginary Enemies: Sarah Palin’s Phony Fight Against The ‘War On Christmas’

In the 1999 M. Night Shyamalan movie “The Sixth Sense,” a little boy complained, “I see dead people” – and he did.

Now it seems Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate, sees a battlefield littered with corpses – all of them Christian. They are causalities in a war against faith in America. But unlike that little boy, what Palin sees is entirely in her imagination. Read more

Mississippi Blues: New Lawsuit Accuses Town Of Anti-Gay Prejudice

The website of Shannon, Miss., advertises the town as a place for growth – and a bulwark of family values.

“Today we take pride in being on the quiet side of county with our relaxed country living where traditions of family, faith, and brotherly love make up who we are today,” it reads. Read more

Ballot Box Blowup: Religious Right Suffers Yet Another Election Day Nightmare

You could say the Religious Right has hit a bit of a rough patch lately.

Last year, President Barack Obama was easily reelected. About seven months later, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings favorable to same-sex marriage. Then this week the Religious Right was force-fed another bitter pill by voters as fundamentalist candidates for public offices suffered defeats in both Virginia and Ohio. Read more

High Noon At The High Court: Justices Hear Arguments In Town Of Greece v. Galloway Case

I spent a frantic morning at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Americans United’s challenge to government-sponsored sectarian prayer, Town of Greece v. Galloway, was argued.

I wasn’t inside the court for the argument, but AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, Legal Director Ayesha N. Khan and several other AU staff members were. They reported a spirited session, with both sides being peppered with questions from the justices. Read more

American Theocracy?: Lawsuit Alleges Utah and Ariz. Towns Enforce Religious Edicts As Law

A civil rights lawsuit alleges that the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) has imposed theocratic rule in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah.

Collectively known as the Short Creek community, the twin towns are considered to be strongholds for the polygamous Mormon offshoot. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, which brought the suit, elected community officials use their authority to enforce the edicts of disgraced church leader Warren Jeffs.
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