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Rain Man: Ga. Governor's Prayer For Precipitation Flouts Founders' Aims

"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring. Bumped his head as he went to bed and couldn't get up in the morning!"

Oh, how Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue wishes he were the old man in that nursery rhyme, falling asleep to the pitter-patter of raindrops on his window! On Tuesday, Perdue gathered three Protestant ministers, a gospel choir and a crowd of nearly 250 citizens on the steps of the state capitol building to pray for rain. Read more

Intelligent TV: PBS Program Features Dover Creationism Battle

The town of Dover, Pa., gained new and unfortunate recognition when, in late fall of 2004, its school board became the first in the country to introduce "intelligent design" (ID) into the public school biology curriculum. Students were to be read a four-paragraph statement which questioned the validity of evolution and directed students who wanted to learn more about ID to a creationist textbook in the school's library.   Read more

Voucher Venom: Utah Voters Feel The Byrne, As Bitter Fat Cat Moves On To South Carolina

For eight months, mega-bucks businessman Patrick Byrne spent millions of dollars and lots of energy trying to convince Utahns that they should support a private school voucher scheme.

And when Utah residents overwhelmingly rejected the so-called "Parents for Choice in Education Act," Byrne got rankled and blasted Utahns as uncaring dupes. The head of the Internet retail seller also took cheap shots at his own allies. Read more

Christmas Gift: Mich. Voters Reject City Hall Nativity Scene

Religious liberty fared well in two referenda across the country yesterday. Voters in Utah easily rejected the first statewide voucher scheme, keeping tax dollars from paying for school children's religious education. It was a fantastic win for church-state separation. Read more

Holiday Hucksters: Religious Right Cranks Up Another 'War On Christmas'

Your kids are queasy from eating too much candy, there's a decomposing jack o'lantern on your front stoop and the trees in your back yard are rapidly shedding leaves. Sounds like the time is right for another "War on Christmas" brought to you by the Religious Right!

That's right. These days, the Religious Right doesn't even have the decency to wait until Thanksgiving to start whining about what terms people use to describe the December holidays. Read more

Cancer Cant: Religious Right Opposes Texas Funding For Medical Research

Is finding a cure for cancer pro-life and pro-family? You'd think so.

But in Texas, Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum is opposing a bond issue on tomorrow's ballot that would provide $300 million annually over 10 years for cancer research. Proposition 15 has broad bipartisan support, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), former president George H. W. Bush and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Read more