Pardon me for engaging in some blatant self-promotion, but I wanted to let members and friends of Americans United know that my new book, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do, is being released today.
Two issues inspired me to write this book: the controversy over the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act and the spread of legal same-sex marriage in the states. Read more
Earlier this week, I talked about how important it is for young people today to know their rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.
There are many misconceptions out there about what the First Amendment says. As adults, we often forget that these fallacies can affect kids from an early age. Read more
The influx of “Tea Party” conservatives who flooded the U.S. Congress and many state legislatures earlier this year promised to focus on jobs and the economy. So why are getting a relentless barrage of bills on social issues?
Consider Missouri. The state House of Representatives there recently passed a so-called “Religious Freedom Amendment” that Religious Right groups think is wonderful. Everyone else ought to be terrified. Read more
A new year is just getting started and Religious Right activists are already agitating for a government based on their fundamentalist Christian beliefs.
Blogger Shane Vander Hart discusses a new book by Dr. Wayne Grudem, professor of systematic theology at Phoenix Seminary, called Politics According to the Bible. In Grudem’s tome, he claims that anyone who thinks the government should exclude religion is plain wrong. Read more
Thomas Jefferson and the Baptists didn’t have much in common when it came to theology.
Jefferson, a deist, thought the moral teachings of Jesus were sublime, but he didn’t believe in the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus or the inerrancy of the Bible. He thought the miracles reported in the New Testament were myths, and he considered the Christian doctrine of the Trinity incomprehensible.
Needless to say, his founding-era Baptist compatriots disagreed – to put it mildly. Read more
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is not happy this holiday season.
He feels his religious beliefs have been snubbed now that his hometown has taken the word “Christmas” out of its seasonal parade and exchanged it for the word “holiday.”
“I feel like if they take Christ out, then take me out, too," said Inhofe, despite the fact that the parade is still replete with Christmas symbols and decorations. Read more
What would theocracy look like if it ever came to America?
Perhaps it would involve government agents working on behalf of a preferred religious group and ferreting out religious dissenters. It’s a scary thought, but what’s scarier is that this already has happened in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a report by the Associated Baptist Press. Read more
Americans United has always strived to educate the public about what the Constitution says about religious freedom.
Some days, we feel we have done a good job and that most Americans really do understand that keeping the government separate from religion is the only way to secure religious liberty for all. Other days, however, we are reminded of how much more work we have ahead of us to make that message clear.
Today is one of those disappointing days. Read more