Creationist Ken Ham uses unscientific numbers to calculate the age of the Earth, so it should come as no surprise that Ham also has been accused of using fuzzy math to calculate attendance figures for the Ark Encounter, his taxpayer-funded, Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park in Kentucky.
Under Putin, the Russian Orthodox Church has assumed a prominent position, both culturally and politically, and the “traditional values” that church leaders champion are becoming government policy. In many ways, modern Russia is the Religious Right’s ideal society.
Rimpal Bajwa’s essay titled “A Rising Tide Of Religious Discrimination In America Threatens To Wash Away America’s Tradition Of Tolerance” is awarded first place in AU’s third annual student essay competition! Bajwa cites the Muslim Ban and the growing Islamophobia in American government as the biggest threats to religious freedom.
House Republicans amended a spending bill to include language that would allow adoption and foster care agencies that receive federal funding to discriminate against qualified prospective parents and children in need based on the agency’s religious beliefs. The result: Kids could be denied stable, loving homes with prospective parents who are LGBTQ, single, previously divorced or even the “wrong religion.”
Later today, the House Rules Committee will take up a bill that contains language to weaken the Johnson Amendment by making it nearly impossible to enforce. During debate today, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and John Lewis will offer amendments to strip the problematic Johnson Amendment language from the bill.
What a month June was! From marching in Washington, D.C.’s pride parade, to deciphering the Supreme Court’s odd decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop to speaking out against the Court’s abhorrent ruling in the Muslim ban case, the entire Americans United staff has been incredibly hard at work.
Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Americans United opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination because his record as an attorney and federal judge indicates that he won’t uphold church-state separation. Not surprisingly, leaders of the Religious Right feel differently. They’re fired up over the prospect of Justice Kavanaugh.
Brett Kavanaugh seems to be oblivious to the important role secular public education – a system that welcomes all youngsters regardless of what they believe or don’t believe about religion – plays in our society.