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Never on a Sunday?: Mandatory Closing Laws Make Some S.C. Merchants Feel Blue

My wife went to grad school in North Carolina. She wasn't much of a drinker (at least that's what she tells me now), but she and her roommate did enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner every so often.

On Monday through Saturday, they could buy a bottle of vino any time the grocery store was open. On Sunday, they had to wait until noon. My wife remembers being forced once to wait 15 minutes before she could check out a large grocery order because her shopping cart included a bottle of wine.

Welcome to the wacky world of blue laws! Read more

The Republicans And Religion: Should The GOP Stop Being God's Own Party?

Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign, has some advice for Republicans seeking office in the future. He said Friday that the GOP needs to reassess its relationship with religion.

Schmidt told   the Log Cabin Republicans, a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans, that party positions on issues such as same-sex marriage cannot be based solely on religious belief. Read more

The Passion Of The Plate: S.C. Officials Pontificate At 'I Believe' Tag Rally

The debate over the South Carolina "I Believe" license plate rages on.

At least for South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who continue to mislead South Carolinians on what Americans United's lawsuit challenging the production of these plates is really about. Read more

You've Got (Hate) Mail!: South Carolina Lawsuit Sparks Barrage Of Correspondence From AU's Religious Right Friends

Along with ensuring religious liberty, the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech. Thanks to the Internet, people can exercise their freedom of speech faster than ever, and Americans United heard from a bevy of them yesterday after we filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against the state's new "I Believe" license plate. Read more

South Carolina's Christian License Plate: 'I Believe' This Is A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

I frequently see people driving around in cars, trucks, SUVs, etc. who want me to know about their strong Christian faith. Their bumper stickers proclaim it, as do their little Christian fish symbols. I even saw a guy this weekend who felt compelled to make a giant fish symbol out of reflective tape for his door.

It's fine with me. It's your car, so go ahead and use it to spread whatever message you like.

But understand that the government can't help you. Thus, putting a cross on a state license plate goes too far. Read more

Distortions Afoot?: ADF's Story About Shoe Give-Away Doesn't Wash

Americans United's voice and e-mail boxes were filled last week with messages questioning letters we sent to two South Carolina school districts.

It came to our attention recently that public school officials in Aiken and Edgefield Counties were partnering with the First Baptist Church of North Augusta's "Laces 4 Love" ministry to provide needy children with new shoes each Christmas season. Read more

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