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Prayer Posturing: La. Officials Seek Taxpayer Support For Religious Program

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says she’s concerned about Americans’ right to pray. In fact, she has just introduced legislation she says will protect this right. She calls it the “Freedom to Pray” bill.

Wait a minute. Don’t we already have the right to pray? It’s in the First Amendment, after all. Read more

Senate Voucher Victory!: Religious School Subsidy Defeated, But The Fight Isn’t Over

There has been a lot of talk lately by some lawmakers about creating a national federal voucher for religious and other private schools. But until last week, not much had come of it.

Americans United is happy to report that during a marathon session on Friday to consider amendments to the U.S. Senate’s 2014 budget proposal, a measure that would have endorsed school vouchers was soundly defeated 39-60. Read more

Funding Fundamentalism: Student Documents Louisiana Voucher Subsidy For Creationism

By Noah Fitzgerel

Aug. 1 will be a day that marks Louisiana’s continued effort to bore a hole though the wall of separation between church and state. That Wednesday is when the state’s new school voucher program kicks in and private schools that teach religion become eligible for taxpayer support. Read more

Jindal Voucher Scheme Will Subsidize Religious Schools In Louisiana

 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in April signed education bills that divert tax dollars to religious and other private schools in the state.

One new law will allow families earning up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level (currently $23,000 for a family of four) and whose children attend a “failing” public school to attend private schools using public dollars.

Catholic schools are expected to be the main beneficiaries of the voucher program. Louisiana has a long tradition of Catholic education, although fundamentalist Protestant academies are popular in some areas. Read more

David v. Goliath: Louisiana Student Girds For Battle On Behalf Of Sound Science

A Louisiana high school senior is on a mission to save science education in his home state.

Zachary Kopplin, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, wants to see the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act repealed, and he’s working with state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) to garner support for a bill she plans to introduce in April that will do just that.

One of his first stops to rally the troops was the Darwin Day event put on by the Louisiana chapter of Americans United last weekend at a Unitarian church in Baton Rouge. Read more

Louisiana Alert: Family Forum Is Targeting The Science Curriculum

As we feared, Religious Right activists are moving to undermine Louisiana’s public school science curriculum.

When Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law the “Science Education Act” in 2008, Americans United warned that it was merely another attempt for creationists to slip fundamentalist religion into biology classes. Read more

Bobby’s Bad-News BFFs: Jindal’s Religious Right Cronies Write His Prayer Proclamation

We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis. Read more

Frequent Flyer: Louisiana Governor Jets To Church – At Taxpayer Expense

Bobby Jindal continues to "jet set" across Louisiana.

By jet, I of course mean helicopter – one funded entirely by taxpayers.

As the Wall of Separation noted last fall, the Louisiana governor spent $180,000 in taxpayer funds during his first eight months in office to travel by a State Police helicopter to many of the same churches he visited while on his campaign trail. Read more

No Thanks, New Orleans: Scientists Take Conventions Outside Anti-Evolution Louisiana

"No thanks, New Orleans."

The Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) coined this phrase on its Web site this week, and it could quickly become the new catch phrase for scientists, educators and civil liberties groups across the country.

On Monday, SICB sent a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal telling him that the organization will be taking its 2011 annual conference to Salt Lake City. Read more

Holy Helicopter: Louisiana Governor Gets A High-Priced Ride To Church

A devout Roman Catholic taking a helicopter to attend Sunday morning services at a Baptist church nearly 200 miles from his house followed by lunch with "local officials" at a shooting range—sounds like a politician on his campaign trail. Read more

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