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Slowly Back Away From The Microphone: Wash. Student Penalized For Disruptions, Not Preaching

A high school student has filed suit against the Everett, Wash., school district, claiming that the administrators of Everett High School unfairly suspended for proselytizing to his classmates. Michael Leal has retained the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right legal outfit, to defend his case.
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Prayer Police?: D.C. Cathedral Can Worship With Whomever It Wants

The Religious Right doesn’t want the government getting involved with church activities – except when churches do things fundamentalists don’t like.

You may have heard about the recent flap over the Muslim prayer service held last week at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. On Nov. 14, the church hosted several hundred Muslims in an attempt to build positive relations between Islam and Christianity. Read more

Inbox Full Of Hate: New Book Explores Messages From The Dark Side

When you work at a place like Americans United, you have to be prepared for people who feel compelled to write in and tell you why you’re all wrong. Some do it politely, but many more don’t.

Sometimes the reactions we get are funny. I’ll never forget the man who emailed us a few years ago after I appeared on the Fox News Channel. He not only disagreed with what I said, he made fun of me for wearing a hairpiece! (I hate to break it to you, pal, but my mop is 100 percent real.) Read more

Loose Liberties: Texas Bill Would Guarantee Right To Discriminate

Less than two weeks after the midterm elections, victorious social conservatives have already begun to fight for a dangerously expanded definition of religious liberty. Texas State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) may have beaten them all to the punch: She has proposed a bill that would grant business owners the right to discriminate against LGBT customers.

Senate Joint Resolution 10, filed Monday, has been written expressly to allow anti-gay discrimination. Read more

Getting Medieval: In Florida, A Catholic Mogul Seeks To Base An Entire Town On His Personal Theology

The small town of Ave Maria, Fla., is home to Ave Maria University, a strictly Catholic institution  – and critics say, an undemocratic form of government dominated by one man’s interpretation of religious doctrine.

The community of about 2,500 souls is a project of eccentric millionaire and Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, who reportedly planned the town as an ultra- conservative Catholic enclave in an isolated stretch of Florida countryside. Read more

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