An Arkansas lawmaker’s proposal that would result in the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on public land looks like a jobs bill for a Religious Right legal organization.
Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore is a crackpot. There, I’ve said it.
I like to be a polite person, but this man’s behavior is so beyond the pale, I can’t think of any other way to put it. Why? Let me count the ways.
Judge Moore was the belligerent jurist who in 2001, shortly after his election as chief justice, erected a two-and-one-half ton monument containing his favorite version of the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building. Read more
An Alabama official wants to display the Ten Commandments outside a county courthouse, and he thinks he can justify the location of said monument by arguing that the famous list of biblical laws simply isn’t religious.
The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.
“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.” Read more
By the end of the month, the courthouse in Bradford County, Fla., will be home to a large granite bench covered with quotes from famous skeptics and atheists.
How did this happen? Is Bradford County some sort of hotbed of atheism? Read more
Late in 2006, the Dixie County Commission allowed a local resident to install a five-foot, six-ton granite Ten Commandments monument on the steps of the county courthouse. The monument -- which has the phrase “LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS” chiseled into its base -- is the only object on the courthouse steps and is visible from the street. Read more
Back in 1999, we at Americans United got word about a Pennsylvania school district that, after being prodded by a local fundamentalist minister, decided to post the Ten Commandments in a high school.
Members of the school board knew this was unconstitutional, so they tried an end-run: They designated a certain wall a “free-speech zone” and said community groups could post “character-building” material there. Naturally, the first item posted was a Ten Commandments display donated by a local church. Read more
Let’s say you lived in Giles County, Va., a rural enclave of about 17,000 people in the southwestern portion of the state. Let’s say you were a high school student and you were opposed to the school board’s decision to post the Ten Commandments in your school.
Would you be eager to be public about it?
Some people might be willing to stick their necks out and take a public stand. Others might want to remain a little reticent but still look for ways to right this wrong – and they might seek to do so anonymously. Read more