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Mass. Town Should Not Use Public Funds to Support Its Churches, Americans United Says In Lawsuit

Historic Status Of Buildings Is Not An Excuse To Subsidize Religion With Taxpayer Funds, Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit to stop the town of Acton, Mass., from spending taxpayer funds to support two local churches.

In legal action filed today on behalf of 13 Acton taxpayers, Americans United says officials in Acton violated the Massachusetts Constitution when they approved Community Preservation Act grants for Acton Congregational Church and South Acton Congregational Church.

Federal Court Rules That ‘Pastafarianism’ Is Not A Real Religion

A federal court recently decided that “Pastafarianism,” also known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), is satire rather than a real religion that must be accorded First Amendment protections.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska in an April decision asserted that no one would seriously believe that the church was real. To believe such a thing, the court ruled, a person would have to have failed in “basic reading comprehension.”

Mass. Catholic School Discriminated Against Gay Man, Court Rules

A Massachusetts Catholic school discriminated against a gay man when it rescinded a job offer because of his sexual orientation, a court ruled recently.

Matthew Barrett was hired as director of food services for Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls school in Milton, in 2013. But Barrett’s job offer was cancelled soon after he accepted because he listed his husband as an emergency contact.

Then-Fontbonne head Mary Ellen Barnes told Barrett that his same-sex relationship was “inconsistent” with Catholic doctrine. Barrett sued, calling the move discriminatory.

The Bold And The Brave: Saluting Those Who Stand Up For The Church-State Wall

On Tuesday I flew to New England to speak to a humanist group in Worcester, Mass. It was a great event, and I pleased to see so many people venture out on a cold night to hear what I had to say.

As I surveyed the crowd from the podium, I spotted an old friend in the third row: Ellery Schempp.

Bogus Bill In Boston: Religious Right Targets Mass. Public Schools

It's not often that Massachusetts falls under Americans United's microscope. But this week, the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) has brought the New England state to our attention.

The group, a state affiliate of James Dobson's Focus on the Family, has succeeded in finding bipartisan   sponsors for legislation that will "ensure the existing free speech rights of religious students" while they are in school.

Lesson From Boston: Let's Not Exile Religious Dissenter Anne Hutchinson Again

My family and I enjoyed a nice vacation last week in Boston and its environs. The weather was clear, and the days were full.

We spent some time at the beach, but like dads everywhere, I made sure to mix a little education in with our recreation. Thus, we trooped along Boston's celebrated "Freedom Trail" (in 96-degree heat!), visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord and spent a day in Salem.

Confusion On The Cape: Government Has No Business 'Helping' Churches

I'll be on vacation next week and am looking forward to it. We're going to Boston, one of my favorite cities and a place with something for everyone in my family.

My daughter loves the urban experience and shopping. Boston has plenty of swanky stores. My son is into science museums. Boston has a great one. I'm fond of history, which Boston has in spades. My wife likes to get away from it all and to relax on the beach, and Boston is close to the shore.