An Iowa man got angry because a local LGBTQ rights group had held a festival in town that included a storytime for children. In response, he checked out four LGBTQ-themed books from the Orange City Public Library and made a video of himself setting them on fire.
The strength of the separation of church and state, especially as a last resort against tyrannical theocracy, comes from the people – not our leaders, not the Founders, not even from the Constitution itself.
Public education in Florida must not be tainted with fringe or religiously tinged belief systems. Otherwise, students will be subjected to indoctrination by way of poor science and literalist biblical interpretation.
Failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee blamed the recent mass shootings on people who 'are utterly disconnected from any sense of identity with their Creator and with his love for them and his love for the people that they hate.'
For too long, Religious Right groups have obnoxiously laid claim to the word 'Christian' and sought to twist it for their own (often political) ends. But make no mistake, the 'Christian nation' they seek to create reflects only a narrow slice of American Christianity.
The Washington, D.C., voucher program, pushed by right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation, was approved by Congress in 2004. It was supposed to be a five-year experiment, but it keeps getting reauthorized – even though studies show it has not boosted student achievement.
Support for mandatory Pledge recitation has dropped – it stood at 77 percent as recently as 2008 – but it’s discouraging that after all this time, many Americans still don’t grasp a simple fact: forced patriotism, like forced prayer, is an oxymoron.