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Americans United, Allies Ask Supreme Court To Rule In Favor Of Plaintiff In Headscarf Case

Church-State Watchdog Joins Brief Condemning Religion-Based Employment Discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch company policies that banned religious headgear violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says in a brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Americans United joined a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the American Jewish Committee in the matter of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court this term.

Ark. Gun Range Owner Bans Muslims

The owner of a shooting range in Arkansas says her facility is a “Muslim-free” zone.

Jan Morgan, owner of Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, made the declaration on Facebook. She claimed her action was spurred by the “strange behavior” of two recent customers.

“They spoke very little english (sic), one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns,” Morgan wrote. “Their behavior was so strange, it was unnerving to my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left.”

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Va. TV Preacher Blasts ‘Nonsense’ Of Church-State Separation

It has been a while since we visited the Pat Robertson Carnival of Craziness, so fasten your seatbelts and strap on your helmets. We’re going in.

In an extended rant last week, the volatile TV preacher warned America that militant Muslims and atheists are at work to “destroy the fabric” of society. Robertson opined that the only way to stop them is to put an end to this “nonsense” about separation of church and state.

Lowe Down: Hardware Chain Should Not Have Caved To Religious Right Blowhards

I am the humble servant of a non-profit organization and have never really aspired to be a high-powered corporate public-relations man. But today I’m going to step into that role and offer some free advice to Lowe’s Home Improvement and any firm facing the threat of a boycott from fundamentalist zealots.

My advice is simple: Ignore them. When you ignore them, nothing happens. When you cave in to them, lots of things happen – all of them bad.

Hypocrisy Alert: Ex-Christian Coalition Staffer Now Opposes Religious Control Of Courts – At Least For Muslims

When it comes to the Religious Right, the hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

Yesterday, on the eve of the Muslim observance of Ramadan, The New York Times published a story detailing the leaders and groups behind the recent push for anti-Shariah laws in state legislatures, and – shocker! – one is former Christian Coalition Field Director Guy Rodgers.

A-OK!: Judge Puts Temporary Block On Anti-Shariah Amendment

We have some good news out of Oklahoma today.  A federal judge has put a temporary stop to the so-called “Save Our State Amendment” – Oklahoma’s anti-Shariah amendment.

The measure, which passed with 70 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, revises the state constitution so that “courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia Law.”

Sharia Charade: Oklahoma Ballot Measure Reflects Religious Intolerance

In just six days, Oklahoma voters will decide whether they want to write religious intolerance into their state’s constitution.

That’s what they will be doing if they vote “yes” for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit courts from considering “sharia” – Islamic law – when deciding cases. Since our Constitution already separates religion and government, this proposal has no legitimate purpose.

Supporters are simply fanning the flames of religious discrimination and intolerance. I hope Oklahomans see that.

Celebrating Choice: Obama Professes Faith In Christianity – And American Religious Liberty

President Barack Obama got it right on Tuesday.

When he was asked about his Christian faith at an event in Albuquerque, N.M., he said he has his own personal religious beliefs but recognizes that other Americans have theirs.

The question was posed by a woman at a backyard conversation, one of a series of meetings Obama is holding to talk informally with Americans. She asked him, “Why are you a Christian?”

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