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Ballot Box Blowup: Religious Right Suffers Yet Another Election Day Nightmare

You could say the Religious Right has hit a bit of a rough patch lately.

Last year, President Barack Obama was easily reelected. About seven months later, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings favorable to same-sex marriage. Then this week the Religious Right was force-fed another bitter pill by voters as fundamentalist candidates for public offices suffered defeats in both Virginia and Ohio. Read more

A Message From AU: N.J. Lawmakers Should Block Grants For Religious Schools

Government grants to religious schools are unconstitutional, force taxpayers to subsidize discrimination and undermine the independence and integrity of religious institutions.

That’s the message Americans United is sending to the New Jersey legislature.

In a letter yesterday to State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and General Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, AU’s Delaware Valley Chapter urged lawmakers to reject proposed grants to two religious schools in the state. Read more

Paying For Praying?: N.J. Governor Seeks To Award Taxpayer Millions To Seminaries

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and some of his political allies are attempting to funnel millions in taxpayer dollars to two sectarian institutions that train members of the clergy – and they’d prefer to keep citizens in the dark about the details. Read more

Garden State Victory!: N.J. School Voucher Plan Derailed For This Year

With all of the hubbub over today’s ruling on health care at the Supreme Court, it’s easy for other stories to get overlooked. Here’s one from New Jersey that’s shouldn’t: Gov. Chris Christie has conceded that his school voucher plan is dead for this year.

Christie was asked about the matter during a recent town hall meeting in Mahwah. He said the bill was dead and blamed its derailment on Sheila Oliver, the state Assembly speaker, who Christie said refuses to move the bill. Read more