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My Birthday Wish For Thomas Jefferson: An End To The Religious Right’s Lies About Him

Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and my modest gift to him is to debunk the latest David Barton nonsense about our third president.

Barton, a Religious Right historical revisionist who promotes discredited “Christian nation” propaganda, has lately taken aim at one of Jefferson’s most famous projects: The so-called “Jefferson Bible.” As usual, Barton’s version has only a passing relationship with the truth.

Florida Folly: Constitutional Change Would Harm Religious Liberty, Clergy Say

Americans United often points out the church-state separation is not only good for government, it’s also good for religion.

Yesterday, three members of the clergy – a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian minister and a rabbi – made that clear in a letter to Florida legislators. They wrote to oppose SJR 1218, a measure that tears down the church-state wall erected by the state constitution.

Commandments Crusade: La. Parish Ignores Court Rulings, Pushes Religious Display

Some people just have to learn everything the hard way.

According to a Louisiana newspaper, the Rapides Parish Police Jury has voted 8-1 to put the Ten Commandments on courtroom walls. (A police jury is what the people in some parts of Louisiana call their county council; its members are elected by the voters.)

The jury approved a motion to display the Decalogue, despite a strong warning from jury legal counsel.

Unorthodox Deal: Jewish Group In New York May Have Traded Political Support For State Aid

The state of New York faces a daunting budget shortfall of $10 billion. The state’s public schools and universities have been told to expect a 10 percent across-the-board funding cut.

So naturally it’s time for state legislators to approve an $18 million appropriation for Orthodox Jewish seminary students.

Access Denied: Supreme Court Slams The Courthouse Door In The Face Of Church-State Litigants

Thanks to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, it will now be a lot easier for the government to fund religion.

The high court, in a 5-4 decision in Arizona Christian Tuition Organization v. Winn, ruled that taxpayers have no right to challenge tax credits, exemptions or deductions that support religious organizations.

Pregnant Pause: Taxpayer Funding For Abortion ‘Counseling’ Subsidizes Fundamentalist Religion

South Dakota legislators recently passed a controversial law placing new restrictions on abortion. A three-day waiting period (the longest in the nation) has drawn the most attention, but another provision is problematic from a church-state perspective. It requires any woman seeking an abortion to first undergo “counseling” at a “crisis pregnancy center.”

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