Thanks to Houston AU members Joe Deese, Elsie Hatlen Leif Hatlen, Julia Moore, Charlcye Sells and James Sells and to Corpus Christi AU supporters James Martin and Alex McNair for helping in the AU booth at the Texas Democratic Party convention. The chapter had lots of good conversations and gave away lots of literature, lapel stickers, and bumper stickers. The most popular item was the TEACH. DON’T PREACH IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS bumper sticker.
The San Antonio Texas chapter recently hosted Fred Williams, who spoke on "The State Board of Education and the Whitewashing of Texas History." Mr. Williams is an educator, writer, and principal founder of Black Men United for Reading and Writing. The event was well received.
On Saturday, August 21st, the Orange County chapter of Americans United will be screening the documentary Jesus Politics for free! The film, made by an Israeli émigré, explores the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election, and contains invaluable interviews with a variety of religious leaders who have become involved with the political process. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow the film. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover exactly how crucial—and endangered—the wall of separation is in 21st century America!
The event will take place on Saturday, August 21st at 2:00 PM at the Irvine Ranch Water District on 15600 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA.
For more information, contact Steph Campbell at (714) 299-4551 or email@example.com.
TV preacher Pat Robertson and other Religious Right leaders have long been interested in the continent of Africa. They seem to believe that they can find a country there to serve as a laboratory for their misguided social agenda – as well as plunder any wealth the area may have.
It reeks of the worst form of old-style colonialism.
Most recently, Robertson minions have invaded Zimbabwe, a landlocked nation in southern Africa long afflicted with government corruption and poverty.
I like to see what Religious Right groups are up to, so I’m on a lot of their e-mail lists. It’s often angry, intolerant and misguided stuff, but the fund-raising letter I got today from Newt Gingrich stands out.
Members of the Livingston Parish School Board in Louisiana may be on the verge of making a huge mistake – one that could cost their community a lot of money.
During a recent meeting, several board members went off on a tangent about teaching creationism. During this public session, they openly discussed their desire to bring religion into the classroom. It was not a wise move.
Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore doesn’t let too much time go by before he cries out for some more attention.
Yesterday, he was quoted in a Birmingham News blog, in which he offered another anti-church-state separation rant. The blog was about a letter Americans United sent to an Alabama school board opposing official prayers before meetings.
If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would one day be giving a lecture at the Rutherford Institute (TRI), I would have scoffed.
“The Rutherford Institute!” I probably would have snorted. “They don’t support church-state separation! Why would I want to talk to them?”
Yet there I was yesterday in Charlottesville, Va., talking to a crowd of Rutherford interns and residents of the community (including three Americans United members). In fact, this was the third summer running that I’ve spoken at TRI.
Earlier this year, we reported on preliminary survey results that showed most Texans (72 percent) did not want the Religious-Right leaning Texas State Board of Education to determine public school curriculum.
They wanted teachers and scholars to write curriculum standards, not an elected board of ideologues pushing an agenda.
Let’s say your boss holds a prayer meeting every morning at 10. Let’s say you’re not comfortable attending. At the next prayer meeting, your boss says, “Anyone who doesn’t like this can go stand in the hall while the rest of us pray.”
What are the chances you’ll walk into the hall? Isn’t it more likely you’ll be worried about getting on the bad side of your boss? Won’t you fret over your next promotion or raise – or even keeping your job in this troubling economy?