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Holidaze: As Religious Diversity Increases, School Districts Debate Calendar Additions

As school districts around the country become increasingly diverse, some have begun to debate closing for non-Christian holidays, The Washington Post reports.

For example, minority communities in Montgomery and Howard counties, both in Maryland, have requested that school calendars recognize more major religious and cultural holidays. Read more

God On The Campaign Trail

Just days after a horrific terrorist attack on Nov. 13 left more than 120 people in Paris dead, Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich stood before a crowd of reporters and unveiled his plan for defeating radical Islam: creation of a federal department to promote “Judeo- Christian” values overseas. Read more

Tenn. County Official Proposes ‘God’s Wrath’ Resolution

The Blount County, Tenn., Board of Commissioners has refused to pass a resolution condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s “unlawful” marriage-equality verdict. County Commissioner Karen Miller had proposed the non-binding resolution, which stated that “the Governor, Attorney General, and ALL WE Blount County Legislators have sworn an oath consistent with the moral Law of God.” Read more

Americans United Announces New Project To Counter Bogus ‘Religious Freedom’ Claims

‘Protect Thy Neighbor’ Will Focus On Lobbying, Litigating And Boosting Public Awareness

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today unveiled an aggressive, multi-pronged initiative to fight the growing idea that “religious freedom” gives people a right to thwart marriage equality for LGBT Americans, deny women access to reproductive care and use taxpayer dollars to discriminate.

AU’s new “Protect Thy Neighbor” project pushes back against efforts to transform religious freedom into a cudgel to harm others – an effort that’s quickly gaining steam in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent marriage-equality ruling.
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T-shirt Tangle: Ky. Court Rules ‘Christian’ Business Has ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Discriminate Against Gays

The Fayette Circuit Court ruled this week that a Lexington, Ky.-based T-shirt printing company did not break the law when it refused to make shirts for the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO). 

GLSO had intended to use the shirts in the city’s 2012 Pride Festival, and filed a complaint against the company with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission. The Commission ruled in GLSO’s favor, but Monday’s decision overturns that ruling. Read more

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