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Diplomacy Debacle: Religious Right Falsely Claims Vatican Embassy Will Be Shuttered

The State Department’s decision to relocate its mission to the Vatican to its larger Italian embassy has become the Religious Right’s outrage of the month. Officials call it a money-saving move, but fringe commentators rushed to argue it’s an “egregious slap in the face” to American Catholics.
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What Federal Debt?: Congressional Republicans Want New Subsidy For Religious Schools

Watch for a major fight in Congress over taxpayer subsidies for religious and other private schools.

In his Republican response to the State of the Union this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) touted “school choice,” a euphemism for vouchers.

“We need to give all parents, especially the parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice,” Rubio said. Read more

Forever Catholic?: State Law Lets Monaghan Control Florida Town's Fate

Is there a theocracy flourishing in South Florida?

According to reports from The Naples News, there just may be. The newspaper is in the midst of a three-part series on the town of Ave Maria, which came to be after Tom Monaghan, an ultra-conservative Catholic from Michigan, bought 100,000 acres of land just west of Naples.

Many have flocked to Ave Maria, which is home to a Catholic university, a Catholic law school and a huge Catholic Church. But few probably knew quite what they were getting into. Read more

Defend The Walls!: Arizona Decision Shows Why State Constitutions Must Be Preserved

The U.S. Supreme Court isn't as diligent as it used to be on protecting taxpayers from being compelled to support religious schools and other ministries. In 2002, the high court upheld Ohio's school voucher plan, even though most of the money goes to sectarian schools.

That's why state constitutions are so important. They have become the new front-line defense in the battle to prevent people from being forced to support sectarian education. Read more