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Bailout Wipeout: Religious School Aid Scheme Fails In Maryland Legislature

Yesterday, we reported here at “The Wall of Separation” about a dangerous legislative effort afoot in Maryland to directly subsidize religious schools. Monday was the last day the General Assembly would be in session, and one of the bills remaining would have allocated $10 million in direct tax support to religious schools in danger of shutting down.

Oh, Maryland!: Old Line State Considers Direct Funding Of Catholic Schools

Today, the Maryland legislature may vote on a bill that would provide direct funding to Catholic schools.

SB 385, which formerly proposed tax credits for tuition expenditures at religious and other private schools, was altered Saturday night by the House Ways and Means subcommittee to provide $10 million in direct grants to private schools.

Alas, Poor Jerry: Falwell Says The Mean Old Media Is Picking On Him

Poor Jerry Falwell Jr.! The media in Lynchburg, Va., is being soooo mean to him. It breaks your heart to read about it.

You might recall that Falwell got himself in a bit of hot water the other day when it came to light that he had secretly videotaped a meeting between university representatives, the mayor and the city manager about the school’s expansion plans and how they might affect local zoning issues.

Tainted Testament: Okla. Legislators Admit Bible Class Bills’ Sectarian Purpose

In Oklahoma, state legislators seem intent on pushing through legislation that encourages public schools to teach from the Bible.

Two bills are making their way through the House and Senate, and the bills’ proponents have made it clear they intend for this legislation to promote Christianity and undermine church-state separation.

After all, no legislation is necessary for public schools to teach about the Bible. Public schools can already offer Bible courses, so long as the class is taught from an academic perspective and teachers don’t proselytize.

Colson’s Curious Confession: Religious Right Leader Says He Fears Theocracy (And We Fear He’s Fibbing)

Chuck Colson has declared his biggest fear is theocracy.

Yes, you read that right. The Religious Right warhorse has just told The New York Times that his “greatest concern is theocracy.”

In a profile in the Times Sunday magazine, Colson was asked what he considers the greatest misconception about Christians.

Feeding God’s Children: Tennessee Town Debates Faith-Based Funding For Ministry

Sid Kemp is upfront about the agenda of Feeding God’s Children. The ministry, affiliated with Two Rivers Church in Lenoir City, Tenn., provides food and other assistance to children in Appalachia and Guatemala, and it provides evangelism as part of the package.

Although recipients and volunteers don’t have to be “believers,” he said, religious outreach is a big part of the ministry’s work.

“We want to tell them about Jesus because we know that changes their lives permanently,” Kemp said.

Memo To Lynchburg: Jerry Falwell Jr. Is Watching You (And Secretly Recording It All)

Better watch what you say if you’re in a meeting with Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.

According to a report in the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance this week, Falwell secretly videotaped a get-together between university representatives, the mayor and the city manager about the school’s zoning proposals.

The newspaper said Falwell signed off on the recording, which was made by concealing a camera behind some books.

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