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Divine Dormitories? ‘Faith-Based’ College Housing Raises Constitutional Alarm

Troy University’s new faith-based dorm might be a hit with religious students, but it’s proving less popular with church-state watchdogs.

The school, which belongs to Alabama’s system of public colleges and universities, recently opened a Catholic-run residence hall. The Newman Center features a chapel and ministry center run by the Archdiocese of Mobile – and the university itself controlled much of the project.
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Petition Interdiction: Tenn. Legislator Seeks To Make It A Crime To Protest Church-State Violations

Whenever I hear someone talking about the alleged shift in American politics that is supposedly turning the country away from far-right politics, I have to pause, collect myself and say politely, “We’re not quite there yet.”

If you don’t believe me, take a look at what’s going in some of the states.

It’s estimated that 24 state legislatures have been strongly influenced by an unholy partnership of Religious Right groups and Tea Party activists. Some awfully strange legislation is surfacing in those states. Read more

Most Americans – Except Evangelicals – Support Equality

A new public opinion poll from the Barna Group found that 66 percent of Americans say no one set of values or beliefs should receive favored status in the United States.

The poll, which was announced Jan. 18 and was the result of a telephone survey, found that just 23 percent of Americans think “Judeo-Christian values” should be given preference in this country.

But when it comes to evangelicals, Barna (an evangelical-leaning enterprise) learned that 54 percent of evangelical Christians want to bestow favored status on “Judeo-Christian values.” Read more