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Stanford Law School in California is a prestigious institution with a distinguished past. Founded in 1893, one of its first professors was a former president, Benjamin Harrison.

When the school opened new offices in 1975, another president, Gerald Ford, was on hand for the festivities. On its website, Stanford proudly calls itself “one of the nation’s top law schools.” U.S. News & World Report agrees and ranks the school number two in the nation, behind only Yale Law School. Read more

Around The World: Iran Sentences Evangelist To Prison For Proselytizing

Iran has sentenced a U.S. citizen to eight years in prison for allegedly threatening national security through his leadership role in Christian house churches, Reuters has reported.

Reports offered little detail of the trial, but Saeed Abedini became an ordained minister through the American Evangelical Association in 2008 and a U.S. citizen in 2010 through marriage, the wire service said.

The Religious Right-allied American Center for Law and Justice represented Abedini in court, but was only allowed to attend the trial for one day to present a defense. Read more

Concocted Controversy: Religious Right Complaints About 9/11 Commemoration Ring Hollow

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is approaching, and for some reason, Religious Right groups have decided to manufacture a new “culture war” controversy over a commemorative event that will take place in New York City. Read more

The Italian Job: Religious Right Lawyers Sell Out Minority Evangelicals In Crucifix Case

Religious Right legal groups are all excited over a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights dealing with crucifix displays in public schools in Italy.

The European high court, ruling 15-2, overturned a lower court decision and declared that the crucifixes can stay. They don’t oppress anyone’s rights, the court said, and European nations are entitled to some latitude in dealing with topics such as this. Read more

The Phelps Decision: Supreme Court Decision Undercuts Religious Right Lie

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the right of Westboro Baptist Church to picket near the funerals of soldiers who died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In any writing about Westboro Baptist, it is important to immediately make it clear that the messages from Pastor Fred Phelps and his family are vile, obnoxious and disgusting. But, as the high court has made clear, even jerks have free-speech rights. Read more

A Commandment For An Ohio Judge: Thou Shalt Not Promote Religion In Court!

Yesterday a federal appeals court in Ohio ruled against a state judge in Richland County who had erected a religious display in his courtroom.

James DeWeese, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, had put up a display entitled “Philosophies of Law in Conflict” that contrasted the “Moral Absolutes” of the Ten Commandments with the “Moral Relatives” of humanism. Read more

Land Plan Panned: N.Y. Governor’s Islamic Center ‘Compromise’ Draws Fire

There’s been a new development in the situation over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Yesterday, New York Gov. David Paterson came up with an idea that he felt would be a compromise in the recent uproar over the building of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan. Read more

Frivolous Filing: TV Preacher’s Legal Group Sues To Block Islamic Center In New York City

Yesterday, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to allow construction of an Islamic center in lower Manhattan. Immediately after the vote, TV preacher Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice announced that it would file suit to block the move.

Why is an organization that purports to promote religious freedom suing to stop construction of house of worship? Read more

Mercenary Missionaries: Religious Right’s Move In Zimbabwe Resurrects Sorry History

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. Read more

Commencement Clash Ceases (For Now): Conn. School Board Won’t Appeal Court Ruling Barring Church-Based Graduation

There’s good news out of Enfield, Conn.: The school board has decided not to appeal a federal court ruling barring them from holding their high school graduations in a large evangelical church. Read more

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