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Creationist Will Head Ariz. Education Panel

Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake), a creationist, has been named chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) appointed her late last December.

According to the Arizona Republic, Allen is a controversial figure in the legislature. The senator, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, said in 2009 that she believes God created the world 6,000 years prior.

In 2013, she used her public Facebook page to posit that the government had released poisonous chemtrails over her constituency. Read more

'Christians-Only' Prayer?

Rob Hudelson, a member of the Coolidge, Ariz., City Council, has strong opinions about the role of Chris­tianity in government.

“I think it’s very important,” Hudelson said during a September council meeting. “We just proclaimed Constitution Week. You know what was said at the end of the [Revolutionary] War? A treaty in Paris that said, ‘In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.’ You don’t get that from the Quran. You get it from the Bible. You get it from Christianity. That’s our heritage.” Read more

AU Tells Ariz. Charter School To Stop Using Books That Promote Religious Concepts

Americans United recently sent a warning letter to an Arizona public charter school, telling officials there to stop assigning a textbook that promotes religion to students in government classes.

In a letter sent Aug. 28 to officials at Heritage Academy in Mesa, Americans United explained that a text used in the school’s mandatory senior government/U.S. Constitution class teaches students religious beliefs such as divine creation of all things, divine judgment after death and the Ten Commandments. Read more

Ariz. Public Charter School Must Stop Promoting Religion In Government Classes, Americans United Says

Heritage Academy In Mesa Teaches Religion Instead of Civics, Says Church-State Watchdog

An Arizona public charter school violated the First Amendment when it assigned a textbook that promotes religion to students in government classes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
 
In a letter sent today to officials at Heritage Academy in Mesa, Americans United explains that a text used in the school’s mandatory senior government/U.S.

We Don’t Need No (Sex) Education?: Some Public Schools Continue To Push Dogma Over Science

The school year’s begun and debates over sex education have already spilled into school board meetings across the country. In Arizona, officials in the Tempe Union High School district are attempting to insert dogmatic views into a sex education course to be launched this fall.
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The Demographics Of Discrimination: ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills Continue To Lose Popular Support

The Religious Right continues to push for a religion-based freedom to discriminate in state after state, but there are signs they’re losing the battle.

Arizona’s infamous ‘religious freedom’ bill, which would grant religious business owners the right to refuse service to LGBT people (or others they deem unsuitable), is quickly losing what little public support it enjoyed. Members of the business community say the bill, which is currently awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature, would actually hurt business.
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