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Heart Of Darkness: Pat Robertson’s African Adventures Are News Again

Pat Robertson’s in the news again and as usual, it’s not for anything good. A new documentary confirms allegations that his charity, Operation Blessing, used supporter donations to mine diamonds in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Dear Prudie, Thanks For The Plug!: Slate Advice Columnist Says AU Could Help Parent Whose Kids Face Religious Coercion In School

I’m a regular reader of Dear Prudence, a.k.a. Emily Yoffe, who doles out advice on all sorts of things from romance to workplace politics. That’s why I’m pleased to see that she mentioned Americans United as an option for a distressed parent who wrote in complaining that her son’s elementary school teacher is excited to proselytize in class. Read more

Russian Caravan: Religious Right Groups Latch Onto Nation’s Extreme Anti-Gay Laws

Russia’s harsh new anti-gay laws have drawn global outcry – but they’re also receiving support from some unexpected quarters. A faction within the Religious Right has put aside its historical distrust of the former “evil empire” to lavish praise on the country’s efforts to curtail the gay rights movement.
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Excellent Evolution Exponent: For More Than A Quarter Of A Century, Genie Scott Has Been A Headache For Creationists

Back in the early 1990s, I helped an Americans United activist in Missouri fend off efforts by a small-town school board to insert creationism into science classes.

We were frustrated. We had explained to the members of the board that what they wanted to do was unconstitutional and would run afoul of the 1987 Supreme Court decision Edwards v. Aguillard (at the time a fairly new opinion). They were not swayed. Read more

The Depths Of Delusion: FRC Insists DOMA Ruling Is No Big Deal

As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” And as far as Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins is concerned, the fight to stop the legalization of same-sex marriage is far from over.

In a recent fundraising email on behalf of FRC’s lobbying arm, Perkins ranted that the Supreme Court’s June ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) didn’t really do much. Read more

Preaching The Gospel Of Separation: Baptist Minister Challenges Ten Commandments Display On Okla. Capitol Grounds

An ongoing battle over a government-sponsored Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma features an interesting twist: A Baptist minister is leading the charge to have it removed. Read more

Persecution Or Privilege? The Real Status Of American Houses of Worship

The Religious Right loves its battles.

The war on Christmas. The war on marriage. Wars on schools, on prayer, on the sanctity of life – we’ve heard countless times that a culture war rages in America. If you believe the fundamentalists, they’re merely defending themselves against an overwhelming tide of secularist persecution.
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Fabricated Fears: Sharia Law

Yesterday House Bill 522, which prohibits the application of “foreign laws” in North Carolina, became law. Although that may sound harmless on its face, the bill is actually motivated by anti-Muslim animus and a manufactured fear that Sharia law is being implemented in the U.S. Read more