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Thanksgiving: What I'm Thankful For – Besides The Turkey And Dressing

Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

‘Thou Shalt Sue Us’: Georgia House Wants Commandments In Schools And Other Public Buildings

If Georgia lawmakers get their way, a copy of the Ten Commandments could be displayed in every single government building in the state. And that includes public schools!

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill 161-0 on Tuesday that would allow numerous documents that legislators consider “foundational” to the U.S. legal system to be displayed in all sorts of places. The featured items would include the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the Ten Commandments. Read more

Dubious Display: Oklahoma County Religious Monument Violated Church-State Separation And Promoted Bad History

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday did us all a favor by declining to hear a case from Haskell County, Okla., concerning the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. Read more

Thanksgiving 2009: Let's Be Thankful For Religious Liberty!

Note: This post is a re-publication of one that originally appeared on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Enjoy the holiday!

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

If so, what religious tradition will the prayer come from? Will it be a blessing from the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu faiths? Will it be Catholic, Mormon or one of the infinite varieties of Protestant denominations?

Maybe you won't offer a prayer at all, instead simply thanking the cook for the bounteous meal set before you rather than a deity of any sort. Read more