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Vouchers, Again?!: Colorado School District Ponders Voucher Scheme

Despite the fact that voucher subsidies for religious schools undermine church-state separation, hurt the public schools, are opposed by voters and have not improved student performance, they keep popping up around the country.

The latest is a voucher program being considered in Colorado’s third largest school district.

White House Plot: For The Religious Right, Will 2012 Be Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Back in 1979, a group of ultra-conservative religious leaders began holding meetings to discuss the fate of President Jimmy Carter.

Many of these leaders had voted for Carter, an evangelical Christian, in 1976 but had soured on him. They were looking for a new political leader – one who would parrot their line on social issues – and found him in Ronald Reagan. Thanks in part to their support, Reagan went on to win election in 1980, and the modern Religious Right learned what it could do when it flexed some political muscle.

Is history about to repeat itself?

A Win In Louisiana: Textbook Council Backs Bona Fide Biology Books

We have some good news out of Louisiana today – news we can hardly believe.

By a vote of 8-4, the state’s Textbook/Media/Library Advisory Council voted to support biology textbooks that uphold sound science and do not allow fundamentalist religious concepts to interfere.

For once, Louisiana has provided a glimmer of hope that maybe it no longer wants to be a science-education laughing stock.

Baptist Bulwark: Virginia ‘Messengers’ Reaffirm Church-State Separation

When I read about some of things the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has done over the years – calling for boycotts of Disney parks and products, passing resolutions telling wives to be submissive to husbands, bashing gay people, etc. – I must remind myself that there are still plenty of good people who bear the Baptist name.

Some of them work with at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty here in Washington. A host of others are across the Potomac River in Virginia.

Louisiana Alert: Family Forum Is Targeting The Science Curriculum

As we feared, Religious Right activists are moving to undermine Louisiana’s public school science curriculum.

When Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law the “Science Education Act” in 2008, Americans United warned that it was merely another attempt for creationists to slip fundamentalist religion into biology classes.

Misplaced Priority: House Ed. Panel Plans To Push D.C. School Vouchers

It looks increasingly like the first major church-state battle in the new Congress will be over voucher subsidies for religious schools.

“The Wall of Separation” reported last week that vouchers could be on the horizon, and now we have confirmation from a source close to congressional Republicans.

Election Reflection: It’s Good That Church-State Wall Bashers Lost – But Let’s Not Get Complacent

The British must find American politics endlessly amusing. We have a tendency to tolerate (and often elect) candidates whom I suspect would quickly be relegated to the fringes of obscurity in Europe.

Consider Christine O’Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware. Have we ever had a candidate before who had to make a special TV ad to explain that she’s not a witch?

Flag Football: Religious Right Sneak Play Would Keep Christian Banner Flying

As usual, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is advancing a scheme to skirt the Constitution.

Lawyers at the Religious Right legal outfit have come to the aid of city officials in King, N.C., eager to provide advice on a new policy regarding religious flags at the community veterans memorial.

Resolution Revolution?: House GOP Leader Proposes Dropping Symbolic Statements

Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives in January. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to govern.

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whom everybody acknowledges will be the next House majority leader, has issued a list of 22 proposals he would like to see enacted. Some of them are legislative in nature (such as repealing the health-care bill) and others concern the internal workings of the House.

Voucher Revival?: ‘School Choice’ Proponents Are Targeting New Congress

The polls have been closed for less than 48 hours, and proponents of religious school voucher subsidies are already on the march.

D.C. Parents for School Choice issued a statement yesterday claiming that Tuesday’s election results will increase the chances of continuing a District of Columbia program that funnels federal taxpayer dollars to religious education.

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