A Colorado public high school is being operated like a private Christian institution, according to a new lawsuit by a former teacher. Robert Basevitz, a special education teacher, has filed suit against the Fremont RE-2 School District, its superintendent and the principal of Florence High School. Read more
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John Glenn is a pretty cool guy, to say the least. The former U.S. senator and astronaut flew more than 120 combat missions combined in both World War II and the Korean War, but he is best known as the first American to orbit the earth – a feat he accomplished in 1962.
For the past few years, I have been receiving emails from Josh Duggar.
Don’t get the wrong idea. We’re not friends or anything like that. I signed up to receive “action alerts” from the Family Research Council. The FRC was, until recently, Duggar’s employer, and many of the emails it sent came in Duggar’s name. The organization was clearly trying to exploit his reality TV star power. Read more
The Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA) has officially announced that transgender girls are welcome to join its local troops. Supporters are heralding it as a major advance for trans equality, but Christian fundamentalists aren’t exactly pleased by the news.
With the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans on the rise, the Religious Right is searching for a magic formula that will convert more people to fundamentalism. As far as two organizations are concerned, the solution lies in doubling down on the same old fiery, hateful rhetoric the Religious Right has employed for years. Read more
On Friday, Irish voters will decide whether or not to amend their constitution to legalize same-sex marriage. If passed, the measure would add a single sentence to the Irish Constitution that reads, “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” Read more
Americans United’s Legal Department received a complaint recently about a public high school in the town of Willoughby that planned to perform an opera based on Christian concepts.
The opera, “I Am Martol,” was written by Ben Richard, a choral music teacher at South High School. Its plot concerns a sinner who is approached by a messenger from God and given a final chance to repent by accepting the Lord’s message of salvation. The sinner does so and ascends into heaven. In other words, it was the standard evangelical Christian message set to music. Read more
The Ark Park could come to Louisiana if one state representative if one lawmaker with close ties to Answers in Genesis (AiG) head Ken Ham gets his way.
Back in the 1990s when I was regularly covering the antics of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition, one part of the job was particularly distasteful: listening to speeches by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Read more