Two of the nation's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have published strong editorials opposing the introduction of "intelligent design" creationism into public school science classes. The editorials focus, in part, on the lawsuit - brought by Americans United and the ACLU - challenging promotion of the religiously grounded concept in the Dover, Pa., schools.
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'Tis the season for prospective candidates to start putting feelers out for elections to be held this year, next year or even for presidential races in the distant future. It is in this spirit that Ralph Reed is said to be seeking the job of Georgia lieutenant governor.
According to the Washington Times, "Associates say Mr. Reed, 43, whose picture first appeared on the cover of Time magazine nearly 10 years ago, hopes to use the lieutenant governor's job to position himself to run for Georgia governor."
It looks like First Lady Laura Bush won't be sitting down to tea with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore any time soon.
The first lady had been invited to a "First Ladies Inaugural Tea Honoring First Lady Laura Bush" that takes places Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by a group calling itself "the First Ladies' Tea Committee," features Moore as special guest speaker.
A federal court in Georgia today struck down a policy in Cobb County public schools that required pasting a sticker critical of evolution in biology textbooks.
The court held that the anti-evolution disclaimer was clearly adopted after a pressure campaign mounted by fundamentalists who oppose the teaching of evolution.
Is God working with George Bush to secure a right-wing political agenda? TV preacher Pat Robertson seems to think so.
Parents in Cupertino, Calif., aren't about to sit around on their hands while Religious Right groups and the right-wing media spread false information about their school. They're fighting back.
Fueled by shoddy reporting and right-wing bombast, the myth that Christmas is being banned spread across America in December.
As noted by Media Matters for America, newspaper columnists, right-wing shouting heads and TV preachers spent much of the month fulminating about supposed attempts by groups, such as Americans United and the ACLU, to kick God out of the public square or to "take Christ out of Christmas."
Church & State has just received notification that it has won a major award from the magazine Utne (formerly Utne Reader ).
The editors of Utne awarded Church & State a "General Excellence Award" for best newsletter in its 2004 Independent Press Awards competition.
The awards are an annual event celebrating independent publishing. Speaking of its 2004 winners, Utne noted, "All are brimming with the creative energy and freedom of thought that make them this year's best of the independent press."
In response to legal action by 11 parents in Dover, Pa., opposing their school board's attempt to present so-called "intelligent design" in science classes, news reports are focusing on the issue of religion in America's public schools.
Has a public school in California banned the use of the Declaration of Independence because of the document's mention of a creator? To listen to a Religious Right advocacy group, school officials at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino, Calif., have done so.