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NJ Assembly Committee to Consider Voucher Bill on Thursday

By Nate Hennagin

On February 3, the New Jersey Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing to consider A2810, a backdoor voucher program. In an 8-5 vote last week, the Senate version of this bill, S1872, passed the Budget and Appropriations Committee to go to the Senate floor.

New Poll says 4 in 10 Americans Believe in Strict Creationism

By Nate Hennagin

A new Gallup Poll released last week says that 40% of Americans believe in a strict creationist view of the world in which evolution did not take place and God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago. Among those who did not fall into that category, 38% believe that evolution did take place, but was guided by a higher power and 16% believe human life evolved without the involvement of any kind of deity.

Congressional Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Faith-Based Initiative

By Nate Hennagin

On November 18, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the Faith-Based Initiative. As we reported, AU’s own Barry Lynn testified at the hearing along with Professor Douglas Laycock and Professor Melissa Rogers, who also served as chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Mid-Term Election Ballot Initiatives

By Nate Hennagin

Yesterday was a historic election that led to a Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives and gains in the U.S. Senate. Even though most of the talk seems focused on the outcomes of the House, Senate, and gubernatorial races, we’d like to look at two ballot initiatives of relevance to church-state separation.

Texas SBOE Does It Again!

By Nate Hennagin

On Friday, in a slim 7-6 decision, the Texas State Board of Education passed a resolution that purports to correct alleged “pro-Islam/anti-Christian” language in public school textbooks. The inflammatory resolution is another example of the SBOE putting politics before education and only adds more fuel to anti-Islam rhetoric.

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