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Failed Experiment

As schools go, the Academia de la Recta Porta in Washington, D.C., doesn’t seem to offer much. Squeezed between grimy storefronts in a tumble-down area of northwest D.C. near the Maryland line, the school consists of just two classrooms.
The school’s music program, The Washington Post reported in 2012, includes a keyboard and a drum. The facility lacks a gym, so students have to go two miles away to a recreation center for exercise. There is no library. Read more

D.C. Church Claims Bike Lane Would Violate Religious Freedom

A church in downtown Washington, D.C., is asserting that a proposed bicycle lane on its street would violate its free exercise of religion, a claim Americans United has challenged in a letter to city officials.

In a letter sent October 20 to the District Department of Transportation, Americans United refuted assertions by the United House of Prayer that installing a bike lane on 6th Street, N.W., the street on which the church is located, would violate the U.S. Constitution and two federal statutes that were designed to protect religious freedom. Read more

Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Officials in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. should take care to respect separation of church and state during the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
In a letter sent today to officials in the three cities as well as federal agencies, Americans United noted that during previous papal visits, government officials have attempted to divert tax money for religious purposes.

Snow Job: Religious Right Pastor Has No Truck With D.C. Same-Sex Marriage Law

Over the weekend, Washington was slammed by a treacherous snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow in some areas.

Since I grew up in Ohio and went to college in Syracuse, N.Y., the snow didn't really bother me much. But for others here, the blizzard was a difficult experience. Read more

Minding The Mentors: Wash. State School Restricts Proselytizing By Volunteers

A public school in Washington state has decided to stop school volunteers from proselytizing while on campus.

It's an overdue policy -- and the subject of one of my blogs from months ago. We'd like to commend officials at the Marysville School District for responding to complaints from concerned parents and taking this step in the right direction. Read more

Red Mass Goes Mild: Catholic Hierarchy Lowers Lobbying Level For High Court Justices

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Today is the first Monday in October—the day when the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session for a new term. Read more