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States’ Rights And Religion: North Carolina Legislators Say U.S. Constitution Doesn’t Apply To Them

Just when you think the Religious Right forces can’t get any wackier, they up the ante.

Legislators in North Carolina have introduced the “Rowan County Defense of Religion Act,” a bill declaring that all states – and their political subdivisions – are free to make any laws they choose regarding religion. The U.S. Constitution’s church-state separation provisions, they say, apply only to the federal government. Read more

Misleading Missouri Measure: Amendment Harms, Not Helps Religious Liberty

The people of Missouri deserve better.

Not only has the state’s legislature passed a measure that could open the door to government-promoted religion – it plans to deliberately mislead Missourians about it.

H.J.R. 2 will appear on the November 2012 ballot. It’s an amendment that will add language to the state’s constitution codifying the right of Missourians to express their religious beliefs in public places, including public schools. Read more

The Fourth Of July And Freedom: Why Texas Gov. Perry Doesn’t Understand America

I will be celebrating this July 4th with my family in Michigan, where I’m about to head in a few hours.

I’ll be attending a parade on Monday and watching some fireworks with my niece and nephew, who are second-generation Americans. Since my niece was three, she’s boasted that she is an American. Now that she is a bit older (she turned five in June), she may finally start to understand what that really means. Read more

Chaplaincy Challenge: Why Don’t U.S. House Members Pay Their Own Preacher?

Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending.

That’s House Speaker John Boehner’s mantra and the reason the House Republicans claim they were put in charge.

Yet despite this, Boehner and his friends are continuing to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for a House chaplain. Boehner has nominated the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Jesuit priest and theology teacher at a Catholic school in Portland, Ore., to fill the position. Read more