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Bully Boys: Arkansas Extremist Has Recanted, But Religious Right Gang Is Still Lurking Behind The School

This weekend, I’ll be joining the large crowds taking over Washington for Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.”

I don’t really know what to expect of the event, or if it will actually “restore sanity.” But I do know Stewart’s title choice couldn’t be more perfect, especially when I consider the many people in this country who have taken to saying and doing really idiotic things lately.

Cross To Bear: Ohio Battle Over Preaching Teacher Moves Toward Resolution

A long-running legal battle over religion in an Ohio public school appears to be drawing to a close.

The case involves a former eighth-grade science teacher named John Freshwater at Mount Vernon Middle School, who was accused of teaching creationism, posting religious signs in his classroom and engaging in other legally dubious activities.

Ironically, none of that stuff, as bad as it is, brought Freshwater under scrutiny. His downfall began after he used an electronic device called a Tesla coil to burn a small cross on a student’s arm.

Sharia Charade: Oklahoma Ballot Measure Reflects Religious Intolerance

In just six days, Oklahoma voters will decide whether they want to write religious intolerance into their state’s constitution.

That’s what they will be doing if they vote “yes” for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit courts from considering “sharia” – Islamic law – when deciding cases. Since our Constitution already separates religion and government, this proposal has no legitimate purpose.

Supporters are simply fanning the flames of religious discrimination and intolerance. I hope Oklahomans see that.

I Sued The Sheriff: Unmasked Blogger Gets Some Justice In Florida

What would theocracy look like if it ever came to America?

Perhaps it would involve government agents working on behalf of a preferred religious group and ferreting out religious dissenters. It’s a scary thought, but what’s scarier is that this already has happened in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a report by the Associated Baptist Press.

Alarming Amendment: Fundamentalists Use ‘Personhood’ Proposal To Invade America’s Bedrooms

The theocrats who yearn to take away our freedoms and run our lives according to their strict fundamentalist dogma are nothing if not resourceful. They’re always thinking up new strategies.

Case in point is a group called Personhood USA, a new entry in the world of the Religious Right. The organization’s theory is that it can ban legal abortion by passing state constitutional amendments declaring that a fertilized egg is legally a person.

Sorry, Soddy-Daisy!: Public Schools Should Not Promote One Faith Over Others

A Tennessee public school has done the right thing and agreed to stop broadcasting Christian prayers over the loudspeaker at football games and graduation ceremonies.

After students complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the group sent a letter to school officials asking them to discontinue the unconstitutional practice.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent issued an order to halt the prayers, and yesterday Soddy-Daisy High School Principal John Maynard promised that he would.

Christmas Cranks: AFA Begins Annual Whine-Fest Over Seasonal Greeting

It’s almost Halloween, so you know what that means: It’s time for the Religious Right to start carping about the “war on Christmas.”

Actually, Religious Right groups are getting a bit of a late start this year. In previous years, they’ve actually started their seasonal whine-fest as early as August.

But no fear – things are on track for another lucrative year for the Religious Right’s “Christmas police” who obsess over what we say and how we celebrate the December holiday.

Indiana AU Says "Hoosiers, Have Your Say"

Have you ever wanted the opportunity to just get church-state concerns that bother you most off your chest?  Well, the Indiana AU Chapter is giving you that chance on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 7 PM.

When Silence Speaks Volumes: Illinois Law Promotes Prayer, And The Court Knows It

When the “moment of silence” bill first came up for vote in the Illinois legislature years ago, some House members sang a song on the floor to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.” It went:

Hello, school prayer, our old friend

It’s time to vote on you again

In our school house without warning

You seek a moment in the morning.

The words made very clear these legislators’ intent in proposing the measure: to bring government-sponsored prayer back into the public schools.

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