When it comes to separation of church and state, some states present more of a challenge than others.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
Americans United has taken these words to heart, as it has many other statements made by Jefferson. AU strongly believes that the best way to bring about positive change and preserve religious freedom is to educate Americans on the importance of church-state separation, particularly at the grassroots level.
Oklahoma is one of the most religiously conservative states in the country. Fundamentalists have a strong political presence there, and “culture war” battles are common. This is the state, you’ll recall, that recently tried to ban Sharia law – even though no Muslims are attempting to impose it there.
It’s always a pleasant surprise, then, when Oklahoma legislators resist Religious Right pressure and do the right thing. And yesterday they did.
With Darwin Day (Feb. 12) just around the corner, scientists, educators and citizens across the world are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin and his contributions to science.
As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently put it, teachers’ reluctance to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution is “horrible.” Scientific advances that benefit everyone could be at risk if students don’t learn sound science.
Everyone's favorite raging theocrat, Oklahoma House member Sally Kern, is at it again.
Numerous reports indicate that Kern and her supporters plan to publicly sign a document dubbed the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" declaring the United States a Christian nation tomorrow at the state capitol.
I've read Kern's resolution, and it's a whole lot of crazy crammed into one document. Dissecting the whole thing would take all day – and who has that much time?
Just last week I blogged about how allowing religious indoctrination in an Oklahoma public school destroyed a community with hatred and violence back in 1981.
I wrote that since then, many people had learned from our country's mistakes and resolved not to make these same mistakes in the future.
Sally Kern, a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, says she has been called by God to be a cultural warrior.
Kern, a Religious Right favorite known for her strident attacks on gay people and insistence that her version of Christianity is the only true faith, told the Cleveland County Republican Luncheon Club recently that God urged her to run for office.
For years we've heard Religious Right leaders and activists claim that all they want is a place at the table. They merely want the right to put their ideas out there and allow them to be debated in the public arena.
Nonsense. They've had that right for years. What these groups want is the right to run our lives and use the power of government to enforce their pet theological notions and transform their cramped interpretation of the Bible into law.