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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

'Faith-Based' Bungle: WSJ Op-Ed Writer Gets It Wrong

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page takes a potshot at Americans United and Barry Lynn today.

That's not surprising. The Journal's news department is staffed by lots of skilled and professional reporters who have done some crackerjack reporting on the Religious Right over the years. Fortunately, there's a wall of separation between those folks and the editorial page staff.

The latter is, as the saying goes, to the right of Attila the Hun. Read more

Attack Of The 'Commandments Warriors': Teague League Seeks To Scale Church-State Wall In Tennessee

Just about six months ago, my colleague Sandhya Bathija posted about one man's trek from Mountain City, Tenn., to the nation's capital. Walking through the rain and snow with the hopes of convincing national lawmakers to "keep the Ten Commandments in our public buildings," Scott Teague arrived in Washington, D.C., on March 4. Read more

Venomous Visitors: Religious Right Leaders Had Run Of Bush White House

It is hardly a secret that the Religious Right helped elect President George W. Bush and exercised extraordinary influence with his administration. But if we need more evidence, it's just been put on the table.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) has just released a report tallying visits to the Bush White House by major Religious Right players. CREW filed a request for visitor records that coughed up the information. Read more

A Tale Of Two School Districts: How To Deal With Religion In Public Education

Every September, we brace ourselves here at Americans United because we know the new school year will spark a fresh round of squabbles about the proper role of religion in public education.

Indeed, we're seeing some already. Two recent stories – one from Kentucky and one from Iowa – showcase two very different ways of dealing with this contentious topic.

In Breckinridge County, Ky., parent Michelle Ammons is angry because a football coach took 20 players to a revival meeting where a number of them were baptized, without parental permission. Ammons' son was among them. Read more

Focus' Hocus Pocus: Religious Right Group Not So Kinder And Gentler After All

A few months ago, it seemed Focus on the Family may have been coming around to – dare I say it? – a refreshingly moderate outlook.

Jim Daly recently took over president and chief executive responsibilities from James Dobson, the founder of the Religious Right outfit.

Back in June, while visiting Washington to participate in President Barack Obama's White House initiative on fatherhood, Daly praised Obama for his family values. Read more

Pastor Of Hate: When Religious Right Rhetoric Goes Too Far

By now, many of you have heard about the preacher in Tempe, Ariz., who is praying for the death of President Barack Obama.

Thanks to You Tube, Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church has become kind of famous. Anderson's recent "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon has attracted wide attention. Read more