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Capital Creationism Critic: Zack Kopplin And The Next Wave Of Church-State Activism

Activists who have defended the separation of church and state for a long time sometimes ask me if there’s a new generation of young people who will carry on this work in the years to come.

The answer is yes. This past weekend, you might have had the opportunity to see one of them on “Moyers & Company” on PBS.

Long-time PBS journalist Bill Moyers interviewed Zack Kopplin, a 19-year-old college student and Louisiana native who causes headaches for creationists everywhere. Read more

Christmas Confusion: Religious Right Keeps Looking For God In All The Wrong Places

The broken record that is Mat Staver, founder of the Religious Right group Liberty Counsel, is at it again: Christmas is under attack. Christmas is under attack. Christmas is under attack.

You could have fooled me. I stopped in a local mall last weekend, and it sure looked to me like Christmas was in full swing. On my way there, I passed more than one church with a Nativity scene on its lawn. Based on the decorations on my block alone, which include both the secular and the sacred, you’d have a hard time not knowing it’s Christmastime. Read more

Outrage In Alabama: PBS Employees Fired After Standing Against Bogus Religious Right History

When you’ve had it with “reality shows” and sitcoms with loud laugh tracks, public television is a welcome refuge. Where else can you see “Sesame Street,” a nature documentary and a wry British comedy all in one day?

Public television, because it is funded in part by the American taxpayer, has always been a target for the Religious Right. Leaders of that theocratic movement vacillate between trying to abolish public television and laboring to take it over. Read more

Stick To Muppets: Why PBS Should Stay Out Of The Preaching Business

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is known for lots of things – "Sesame Street," Barney the purple dinosaur, "The Newshour," insightful documentaries, etc.

One thing PBS has not been associated with is promoting religion. PBS, of course, can air documentaries and other programs about religion, its history and its effect on culture. But proselytization and indoctrination should be verboten in a publicly funded institution that aspires to serve the public interest. Read more