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'Faith-Based' Accord: Diverse Voices Are Wary Of Government Religion Subsidies

As you may recall, earlier this month, Americans United and allied groups urged Attorney General Eric Holder to revoke a Bush-era rule regarding "faith-based" funding for religious groups.

In 2007, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a legal memo providing a blanket right for religious organizations to discriminate in hiring staff, even if they receive federal funds. Read more

Supreme Prejudice: Scalia Says Government Can Promote Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to come back into session Oct. 5, and just in time for that, Justice Antonin Scalia has decided to pop off in the media about how much he hates church-state separation – again!

In what is billed as an "Historic Exclusive Interview" in the Brooklyn-based Orthodox   Jewish newspaper Hamodia, Scalia attacks one of the core concepts of church-state separation – the idea that government must remain neutral between religion and non-religion. Read more

The Young And The Restless: Religious Right Millennials Gird For Battle

I endured my second Values Voter Summit over the weekend, and as my colleague Rob Boston shared with you yesterday, it was an interesting time.

Like Rob, I was subjected to some crazy Religious Right rants and raves. But it doesn't upset me that much any more. After all, I've read or heard most of them before, and the majority of the Summit speakers are older and ultra-conservative. I practically expect them to be backward. Read more

What I Saw (And Heard) At The Revolution: Lessons From The 'Values Voter Summit'

I'm back from the Religious Right Bizarro World that is the "Values Voter Summit." As always, it was quite an experience.

I'll have a full report on the event in the October Church & State, but I wanted to share some things I learned at the Summit with you today: Read more

Constitution Day Disappointment: Members Of Congress Side With School Prayer Scofflaws In Florida

This morning, my cell phone started buzzing about ten minutes before my alarm was set to go off. Groggy-eyed, I reached over and snatched it from my night stand. While usually I'm rather irritated by the idea of waking up even a moment too soon, I couldn't help but smile when I read the text message sent by one of my favorite friends.

Plain and simple it read: Happy Constitution Day!! Read more

Pledge Provocation: What's Wrong With Knowing Your Rights?

Recently, the Fox News Channel rang up the Rev. Barry Lynn, AU's executive director, to discuss what he thinks about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.

Since they asked, he answered.

"The Pledge of Allegiance creates a constitutional problem," he said. "You have to tell students they can opt out."

For some reason, this statement has generated some controversy – as if it is so reprehensible to want to educate students about their rights! Read more

Defaming Diversity: Pundit Pat Buchanan Is Wrong About America

When I was growing up, "melting pot" was one of the terms we learned in our social studies class.

My textbook told me that America was the perfect example of a "melting pot," which is defined as "a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole."

The book explained that in the United States, we are all welcome to practice our own faiths and retain our own cultural beliefs. Diversity is what makes America a better, more interesting place. Read more