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Whither The Religious Right?: New Report Examines Future Of Theocratic Movement

The Supreme Court’s June rulings on marriage equality were definitely a blow to the Religious Right. The reaction of these groups was nothing short of hysterical.

So what does the future hold for this movement? Some analysts are quick to point at cultural and demographic trends that they say spell doom for the Religious Right. I’m not so sure. Read more

Deja Vu All Over Again: After Over Three Decades, The Battle Against The Religious Right Goes On

When I recently received a fund-raising letter in the mail from Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition, I thought to myself: here we go again!

In his "confidential strategy memo," Reed, a long-time Religious Right operative, has vowed to raise $25 million to mobilize America’s “conservative Christians” on behalf of favored candidates in the 2014 elections. Read more

Constitutional Bully?: La. School Board Member Must Learn Religious Freedom Is No License To Discriminate

It’s frustrating when a single misguided public official tries to hijack an otherwise reasonable governing body, and that’s almost what happened last week when a school board member in a Louisiana jurisdiction attempted to cut discrimination based on sexual orientation from an anti-bullying policy. Read more

The People Speak: Parents With Children In School Say No To Vouchers

For years, anti-public school interest groups that favor privatization schemes have smacked their lips and salivated as they’ve contemplated the demise of public education.

But a funny thing happened: The people who actually rely on public education – America’s parents – aren’t buying it. Read more

Muddled Message: Most Americans Support The First Amendment, But Many Remain Confused

I’ve got some good news and some bad news to deliver. Since it’s Friday, I’m going to give you the good news first.

A poll released this week by the First Amendment Center found that 64 percent of Americans believe the First Amendment does not go too far in protecting freedom. The survey consisted of 1,006 responses, and we’re glad to see almost two-thirds of those people support this critical aspect of our legal system. Read more

Monumental Mistake: Calif. City’s Memorial Doesn’t Honor All Veterans

The municipal leaders of Lake Elsinore, Calif., decided they wanted to honor local veterans with a special monument in front of a local baseball stadium.

No problem there. The southern California city of about 51,000 people has produced its share of veterans, and giving them special recognition is a nice idea.

Unfortunately, the way the city chose to go about it was not so good. The original design was for a black granite marker depicting a soldier kneeling in front of a cross. Read more

Hysteria Alert: Religious Right Claims Churches May Have To Allow Gay Weddings

Hysteria: (noun) – An uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.

That’s how Dictionary.com defines the state in which Religious Right leaders try to keep fundamentalist Christians. Unless members of the flock are constantly told their freedoms are in danger, they might stop donating to the Religious Right’s coffers. Read more

School Voucher Nightmare: Louisiana ‘Choice’ Scheme Is Rife With Shoddy Bookkeeping

Readers of this blog know Americans United has long been opposed to school vouchers. If for some reason you’re still not convinced of the negatives that accompany so-called “educational choice” ventures, consider the myriad problems that have recently come to light within Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher scheme. Read more

Prayer Posturing: La. Officials Seek Taxpayer Support For Religious Program

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says she’s concerned about Americans’ right to pray. In fact, she has just introduced legislation she says will protect this right. She calls it the “Freedom to Pray” bill.

Wait a minute. Don’t we already have the right to pray? It’s in the First Amendment, after all. Read more

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