Americans United Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser recently wrote an analysis for the prestigious Harvard Law & Policy Review of whether a recent Supreme Court ruling will lead to religious exemptions from anti-discrimination measures.
Another column: another admission: At least once a day, I look at “The Drudge Report.” One thing Drudge does is slavishly follow the ins and outs of the potential presidential campaigns of Republicans and Democrats.
A lot is going on. As I write this, it looks like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey are “in” for the Republicans, but U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) are “out.”
The Mustang, Okla., school district announced two months ago that the Bible curriculum designed by Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green and his merry band of conservative evangelical scholars would not appear in its classrooms.
Steve Green, president of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, isn’t always willing to put his money where his mouth is, at least when it comes to defending his sectarian agenda in court.
Green, who won a huge victory for the Religious Right last year at the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which curtailed employees’ access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act, is out to indoctrinate public school students through a curriculum that claims the Bible is literally true.
It’s the time of year to review the events of the past 12 months, determine who’s hot and who’s not, what’s in and what’s out, etc.
With that thought in mind, here are what we at the “Wall of Separation” believe to be the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2014:
A new report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) identifies atheists, agnostics and other non-theists as a “target minority” for persecution. This global crackdown is occurring concurrently with a rise in the number of non-theists; according to the report, a full 13 percent of the world’s population now identifies as atheist, with another 23 percent identifying as non-religious.
An Oklahoma school district has decided not to implement a Bible curriculum designed by Steve Green, owner of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, that critics said was biased in favor of fundamentalist Christianity.
Earlier this year, Americans United warned Mustang Public Schools officials that the curriculum was problematic and its use in schools might spark litigation.
A federal court has ruled that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores exempts a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) from testifying in a child labor case.
According to Time magazine, Vergel Steed told the court that he made a religious vow to never publicly discuss the sect’s internal affairs and revealing information about the group, including the identities of its leaders and its governance, would violate his sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court in June handed down its verdict in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, and, just as we feared, that ruling’s reverberations continue to be felt as the Religious Right adopts the cause of corporate religion. Now, Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago has introduced an initiative that appears directly inspired by the ruling – and motivated by a desire to encourage more business owners to introduce religion into secular workplaces.