Fox News’ Todd Starnes is, as usual, displeased.
The latest scare story making the Religious Right rounds involves a group of Colorado high school students who were told they could not meet during the school day for Christian prayer. As usual, the situation is not what it seems.
As usual, the Religious Right’s outrage over a so-called “attack” on faith in a public school isn’t quite what it seems.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday prohibiting discrimination against LGBT employees by organizations that receive federal funds. Notably, the order contains no religious exemptions for faith-based organizations, despite an earlier request from 14 faith leaders (though one later had her name removed from the request).
Ever hungry for a headline, Fox News contributor Todd Starnes has drummed up yet another controversy over religion in public schools. He recently took to his column to tell the tale of a Florida girl, 5-year-old Gabriella Perez, who had allegedly been told by her teacher that she could not pray over her lunch.
Yesterday Fox News and Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze” reported that a public school in Bulloch County, Ga., had banned Christmas cards. According to the Beck site, this was done because earlier this year Americans United had demanded that the school order teachers to “curtail religious expression while teaching.”
Whoever named Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law may have tried to remind the Religious Right and Catholic hierarchy that performing any marriage ceremony is optional.
The measure, signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, is called the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” and it specifies that no house of worship can be forced to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony if it doesn’t want to do so.
Religious Right forces have been in a tizzy lately over a rumor that if U.S. military personnel express their Christian faith, it could lead to disciplinary action. But as usual, it seems fundamentalist charges of persecution are greatly exaggerated.