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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

You’ve Got (Stupid) Mail!: Texas School District Debunks Religious Right Curriculum Claims

If you’re like me, your email inbox often contains items of a questionable nature. Despite spam filters, I still get the occasional message from a Nigerian government official offering me millions or notice that I’ve won a European lottery that I never entered.

But as far as I’m concerned, chain emails of a political nature are the worst: Here’s proof President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fake! Join this plan to bombard the ACLU with Christmas cards! Mitt Romney can still be president if one-third of the states refuse to cast ballots in the Electoral College! Read more

Lone Star Law Breakers: Texas School Officials Think They Can Ignore Supreme Court Prayer Rulings

There are times when I think we should just round up every church-state attorney we can find, fly them down to Texas and start suing school districts until they behave.

I realize Texas has a tradition of being stubborn – it used to be an independent republic, after all – but things are getting out of hand. Read more

Banner Blowhards: Texas Governor’s Cheers Are Not For The First Amendment

The situation in Kountze, Texas, home of a band of public school cheerleaders brandishing Bible-verse banners, is rapidly deteriorating. Loud-mouthed politicians who hate church-state separation have just lumbered into the fray. Things can only go downhill from here. Read more

Teaching About Religion In Public Schools: Let’s Do It Right

The claim that public schools are “religion-free” zones is a Religious Right myth that has no basis in reality.

Public schools can (and do) teach about religion. Teachers discuss its role in world and U.S. history. They talk about biblical allusions found in great works of literature. They lecture on how religion has influenced art and music.

The approach must be objective and tied to legitimate educational objectives. Proselytism or elevating one faith over others has no place in the classroom. Read more

Prisons And Proselytizing: Baptist Program For Texas Inmates Raises Church-State Questions

I am all for prisoners having the right to worship and access to academic training that helps prevent recidivism, but I’m very wary of a new program in Texas. Read more

Responding To ‘The Response’: AU And Allies Offer Alternative To Perry Prayer Rally

I’m happy to report that I have survived the weekend in Houston and “The Response.”

In case you missed it, “The Response” was a fundamentalist Christian rally put on last Saturday at Houston’s Reliant Stadium by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the ultra-right-wing American Family Association. Americans United has been speaking out against this excessive government entanglement with religion for over a month now. Read more

No Amen From Us: Perry Prayer Rally Gets Judge’s Approval, But Not Ours

I’m heading to Houston, folks! I’ll be accompanying Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn as we join with the Texas ACLU and other progressive allies to put on a rally on the night before Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s fundamentalist Christian prayer fest. Read more

Triumph In Texas: State School Board Approves Sound-Science Materials

We have a victory in Texas! On Friday, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve sound-science materials for public school biology courses.

By a 14-0 vote, the board chose to approve supplemental materials from mainstream publishers, not creationism-based recommendations from Religious Right-backed vendors. Read more

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