Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to end his sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally, saying his behavior is inappropriate and possibly illegal.
Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to “The Response-Louisiana,” a fundamentalist Christian event that, in Jindal’s words, promotes the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
A Louisiana sheriff is staging a July 4 rally to challenge the separation of church and state. The second annual “In God We Trust” rally is intended to celebrate the nation’s Christian heritage, according to Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington.
Louisiana is not exactly the poster child for the separation of church and state.
There have been persistent problems in the state, stretching back several decades. Louisiana, you will recall, passed the “balanced treatment” act mandating that public school teach creationism alongside evolution. It was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987.
Creationism continues to make headlines in Louisiana, where a science teacher is under investigation for an unfortunate letter to the editor. Charlotte Hinson, who teaches in a Caddo Parish public school, wrote to the Shreveport Times after that newspaper published articles favorable to evolution.
Hinson slammed the articles for treating creationism as an unproven theory, and evolution as fact. “That is strictly opinion,” she wrote.
“National School Choice Week” may be winding down, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that your tax dollars aren’t used to fund religious schools through voucher schemes.
You’ve heard a lot from Americans United this week about the truth behind “school choice.” So by now you may be aware that this whole “School Choice Week” publicity stunt is really about vouchers, and vouchers aren’t really about improving educational choices for anyone.
“National School Choice Week,” a propaganda initiative created by the forces that want you to pay taxes to support someone else’s religious school, is still two months away. But some educators are already pushing back against an onslaught of misinformation.
In an open letter published by the Huffington Post, Steve Nelson of Manhattan’s prestigious Calhoun School told voucher backers they’d have to campaign without him.
For years, anti-public school interest groups that favor privatization schemes have smacked their lips and salivated as they’ve contemplated the demise of public education.
But a funny thing happened: The people who actually rely on public education – America’s parents – aren’t buying it.
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.