Americans United has monitored hospital mergers for a number of years now, pointing out that when Catholic hospitals join with non-Catholic institutions, Catholic doctrine is imposed, and certain services are lost.
Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn’s light-hearted video about Kentucky’s proposed “Ark Park” has proven to be quite a hit. AU’s Facebook fans reacted positively, and the clip has nearly 5,000 views (and climbing) on You Tube. (If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look.)
If you’re a regular reader of “The Wall of Separation,” you know that we’ve written several posts on the so-called “Ark Park” planned for Grant County, Ky.
State officials have agreed to give more than $40 million in various forms of tax breaks and incentives to a group of Christian fundamentalist entrepreneurs who want to build a type of theme park centered around a replica of Noah’s Ark. Among the backers is Answers in Genesis, a prominent creationist ministry run by Ken Ham.
Is being a foe of church-state separation a prerequisite to being elected in Kentucky? How else can you explain all the work Kentucky government officials have done in the past two months to chip away at the church-state wall?
Yesterday, in the latest anti-separation move, the Kentucky Senate passed a measure that would mandate creation of an official Bible curriculum for Kentucky’s public schools.
With Darwin Day (Feb. 12) just around the corner, scientists, educators and citizens across the world are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin and his contributions to science.
As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently put it, teachers’ reluctance to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution is “horrible.” Scientific advances that benefit everyone could be at risk if students don’t learn sound science.
There is trouble brewing in Kentucky once again. This time, the state government plans to offer new license plates for those who want to outwardly express their belief in God.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced plans to make available two standard-issue license plates next year – the traditional one that uses the state slogan “Unbridled Spirit,” and a new one that adds the words “In God We Trust.”
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at least has one thing right: taxpayers should never be required to fund discrimination.
Earlier this month, Beshear outraged scientists, civil liberties activists and, indeed, lots of people who care about reasonable and responsible government, with his plan to provide tax incentives for the developers of a creationism-themed park featuring a full-size rendering of Noah’s ark.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear thinks it’s a good idea for his state to be the home of Noah’s Ark – one that will include dinosaurs!
Beshear announced yesterday his plan to provide tax incentives to the developers of a creationism theme park that will feature a replica of the well-known biblical boat.
The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down an important church-state decision yesterday – one that ended in a victory for Americans United and our allies.
The court ruled that $10 million in state funds could not be awarded to the University of the Cumberlands (UC), a school affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In a 5-2 decision, the court said awarding government funds to a religious institution violates the Kentucky Constitution’s clear ban on tax aid to “any church, sectarian or denominational school.”
Some Kentucky legislators seem to have a thing about church-state relations.
If the Bluegrass State’s lawmakers aren’t busy pushing for Ten Commandments displays on public land or advocating for the Bible to be taught in public schools, they’re looking for other ways to give religion a little governmental help.
The legislature’s latest debacle involves an aggressive effort to keep a “Hell is real” billboard standing beside a major interstate highway.