For the second year in a row Philadelphia’s public schools are struggling to open on time, and it appears deep budget cuts – including money siphoned for a voucher-like program – are to blame. Read more
The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Every couple of years, a story surfaces in the media about Religious Right leaders and their latest whine-fest. The script goes like this: They’re not happy because they still haven’t gotten everything they want. Read more
Texas families do not have a religious freedom right to home-school absolutely free of any regulation, a state court of appeals ruled last week. The decision is a setback for Michael and Laura McIntyre, who removed their nine children from a private school in order to educate them at home. Read more
There’s little doubt the Religious Right lives in an alternate universe. But if you need proof, look no further than the fundamentalist response to backlash faced by several business owners who refused to serve LGBT customers.
W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pa, and the Inne of the Abingtons – they tried to class it up with an extra “e” – in North Abington, Pa., each recently refused to offer their services to same-sex couples. Read more
I just got back from a visit to Southern California, where I spoke in three cities about my book Taking Liberties Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do.
I always take questions at these events. At the event in Irvine, a member of the audience asked me about blue laws. I thought it was an interesting question because it’s an issue that doesn’t come up that much these days. Read more
Anti-gay discrimination masquerading as “religious freedom” is back in the news after the owners of a Bloomsburg, Pa., bridal shop turned a lesbian couple away. Think Progress reports that the owners cited their Christian beliefs as the motivation for the decision.
“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do, and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law,” said Victoria Miller, who co-owns W.W. Bridal. Read more
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign to expand pre-kindergarten access may have hit some constitutional snags. Sectarian schools have been included in the push, and even though efforts have been made to protect the separation of church and state, there’s evidence those attempts are still falling short.
For years, Americans United has been critical of attempts by local and state lawmakers in Kentucky to provide financial assistance to Ark Encounter, a proposed theme park that would feature a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark. Now Ken Ham, head of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), which is spearheading the project, finally responded to AU’s criticisms. Read more