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This Is What Real Religious Persecution Looks Like: Hindu Air Force Dentist Fired For Being A ‘Witch’

In what seems to be a case of genuine religious persecution, a Hindu dental technician working on a contract with the U.S. Air Force says she was fired because of her religious beliefs.

And in a move that has been described as “a literal ‘witch hunt,’” her former co-workers even accused her of practicing witchcraft. Read more

Offended By An Oath: Proposal Would Force Air Force Cadets To Say ‘So Help Me God’

A federal lawmaker thinks cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy and all members of the armed forces, whether enlisted or commissioned, should be forced to recite an oath that ends with the words “so help me God,” and he recently introduced legislation that would attempt to do just that by requiring Congress to approve any changes to oaths. Read more

Boastin’ Barton: Religious Right Ersatz Historian’s Claims About Lawsuit May Not Be Accurate

Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton has been running around of late bragging about how he won defamation lawsuits against two Texans and a writer who had accused him of being a racist and a liar. However, it increasingly appears that Barton’s version of events is missing some details. Read more

Inbox Full Of Hate: New Book Explores Messages From The Dark Side

When you work at a place like Americans United, you have to be prepared for people who feel compelled to write in and tell you why you’re all wrong. Some do it politely, but many more don’t.

Sometimes the reactions we get are funny. I’ll never forget the man who emailed us a few years ago after I appeared on the Fox News Channel. He not only disagreed with what I said, he made fun of me for wearing a hairpiece! (I hate to break it to you, pal, but my mop is 100 percent real.) Read more

Court-Martialed For Being Christian?: Don’t Believe It

So, have you heard the one about how the military is preparing to court-martial anyone who dares to say “God bless you” if someone sneezes?

OK, I’m being facetious. The stories being told about the Armed Forces by the Religious Right aren’t that strange – yet. But they are getting there. Read more

Fundamentalist Forces?: New Report Highlights Ongoing Church-State Problems In America’s Military

When U.S. military leaders announced that openly gay men and women would be permitted to service in the armed forces, Religious Right leaders went ballistic.

They asserted that the move would destroy military cohesion and leave our fighting force less able to do the job. Of course, that didn’t actually happen. One year after the change, military leaders reported that the new policy was working out fine. Read more

Barton’s Bad Season: ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate Continues To Sink

You could say that this has been the winter of David Barton’s discontent.

Barton, a Texas-based pseudo-historian who for years has made a living telling gullible Religious Right audiences that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation and church-state separation is a myth, has run into quite a streak of trouble lately. Read more