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Rep. Kern's Wrong Turn: Religious Right Rallies For Sally's 'Christian America'

For years we've heard Religious Right leaders and activists claim that all they want is a place at the table. They merely want the right to put their ideas out there and allow them to be debated in the public arena.

Nonsense. They've had that right for years. What these groups want is the right to run our lives and use the power of government to enforce their pet theological notions and transform their cramped interpretation of the Bible into law. Read more

Baptist Boondoggles: Courts In Kentucky Split On Tax Aid To Religion

Although my beloved home state of Kentucky is perhaps best known for its bourbon, burley and basketball teams, there are also a lot Baptists down there. Some of them support church-state separation; some of them don't.

On Monday, some of the ones who don't won a round in a lawsuit involving public funding of religion. A federal district court ruled that folks challenging tax aid to the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (KBHC) had no "standing" to bring their case into court. Read more

'Academic Freedom' Fraud: Louisiana Bill Opens School Door To Creationism

You have to give the creationists credit: When the courts knock down one of their schemes for sneaking the Book of Genesis into the public schools, they come right back with another one. You might say their strategies evolve.

Here's a case in point: Louisiana has seen numerous attempts to bring creationism into public schools. It was a Louisiana law that mandated "balanced treatment" between evolution and creationism that the Supreme Court struck down in 1987's Edwards v. Aguillard. Read more

Deceptive By Design: What Exactly Does FRC Want To Teach Our Children About Origins?

Part of my job involves reading Religious Right fund-raising mail and newsletters. It's like stepping into some Bizarro World where up is down, black is white, and truth is determined not by factual evidence but by whatever the Maximum Leader says.

The Family Research Council's Washington Watch is a good example of this. It's always entertaining.

"How FRC Is Fighting Tax-Funded Atheism in Schools," blared the envelope of a recent mailing. As I opened it, I thought to myself, "I'll bet this is about evolution." Read more

Really Big Show: First Freedom First Event To Air In Theaters Wednesday (Good Seats Still Available In Many Areas)

Do you have your free tickets to the national simulcast of "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church and State...but Were Afraid to Ask!" yet?

If not, you better hurry! The event is just two days away and tickets are going fast. Thirty-seven theaters (up from the original 25) nationwide will run the simulcast this Wednesday evening.

Did I mention that's just two days from today? Read more