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TV Nation: Poll Shows Americans Need Remedial Work In Civics, History

Quick! What are the three branches of American government?  Can you name at least two U.S. Supreme Court justices? How about the justice who replaced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in January 2006?

Now how about the Three Stooges or Snow White's seven dwarfs?

You're not alone if you can't answer the first three questions. A poll released Monday by Zogby International shows Americans are far more aware of popular culture than their own government.

Portrait Of Intolerance: W.Va. School Board Continues Fight To Display Painting Of Jesus In Local High School

School board members in Harrison County, W.Va., remain obstinately in favor of promoting Christianity at Bridgeport High School.

Late yesterday, after spending at least an hour in a closed-door session, the Harrison County Board of Education announced it will continue to fight a federal lawsuit seeking removal of a portrait of Jesus at Bridgeport High School. Board member Mike Queen, who has been a loud supporter of the religious display, said more than $150,000 in private funds had been raised to help the district pay for the legal challenge.

Texas Punch: Religious Right Project Hopes To Quench Gov. Rick Perry's Thirst For Reelection

Religious Right leaders are bound and determined to get Texas Gov. Rick Perry reelected, and they don't mind drawing tax-exempt houses of worship onto the governor's bandwagon.

Earlier this week, The Austin American-Statesman reported on the work of the Texas Restoration Project, which is an organized effort by Religious Right activists to use Texas churches to register and mobilize the so-called "values voters" on Perry's behalf.

The Strong-Willed Theocrat: A Profile Of James Dobson

James Dobson is the undisputed king of the Religious Right. TV preacher Pat Robertson may take in more money annually and Jerry Falwell certainly has greater name recognition, but nobody outranks Dobson when it comes to sheer political power. When the Colorado Springs religious broadcaster comes to Washington, D.C., to issue one of his periodic jeremiads, many politicians quake in their boots.

Prison Palaver: Chuck Colson Distorts InnerChange Ruling

In early June, a federal court struck down a taxpayer-supported prison program in Iowa run by Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship. U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt ruled that the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) was rife with fundamentalist Christianity and thus could not be funded by the state. The legal challenge was sponsored by Americans United.

Colson and Mark Earley, president of Prison Fellowship, are very angry over that ruling – so much so that they are trying to re-litigate the case through the media.

Band Canned: Court Upholds School Decision Against Religious Music At School Assembly

Public high school officials in Ohio exercised sound judgment when they prohibited a Christian band from headlining a school-organized assembly.

Not surprisingly, a Religious Right legal outfit attacked that judgment as being hostile to religion. The Rutherford Institute represented the student musical band, called Pawn, in a federal lawsuit against the Rossford Exempted Village School District. Rutherford attorneys argued that school officials had violated the band's constitutional rights and discriminated against it because of its religious beliefs.

Bridgeport Battle: West Virginia School Board Keeps Fight Over Jesus Display Alive

A school board in West Virginia seems determined to wage a costly legal battle to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ on display in one of its high schools.

Last night, the Harrison County Board of Education for the second time voted to continue its support of a print of Jesus that hangs outside the principal's office at Bridgeport High School. The 1941 Warner Sallman rendering is the nation's most recognizable devotional artwork of Christianity's central figure.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

TV Nation: Poll Shows Americans Need Remedial Work In Civics, History

Quick! What are the three branches of American government?  Can you name at least two U.S. Supreme Court justices? How about the justice who replaced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in January 2006?

Now how about the Three Stooges or Snow White's seven dwarfs?

You're not alone if you can't answer the first three questions. A poll released Monday by Zogby International shows Americans are far more aware of popular culture than their own government.

Portrait Of Intolerance: W.Va. School Board Continues Fight To Display Painting Of Jesus In Local High School

School board members in Harrison County, W.Va., remain obstinately in favor of promoting Christianity at Bridgeport High School.

Late yesterday, after spending at least an hour in a closed-door session, the Harrison County Board of Education announced it will continue to fight a federal lawsuit seeking removal of a portrait of Jesus at Bridgeport High School. Board member Mike Queen, who has been a loud supporter of the religious display, said more than $150,000 in private funds had been raised to help the district pay for the legal challenge.

Texas Punch: Religious Right Project Hopes To Quench Gov. Rick Perry's Thirst For Reelection

Religious Right leaders are bound and determined to get Texas Gov. Rick Perry reelected, and they don't mind drawing tax-exempt houses of worship onto the governor's bandwagon.

Earlier this week, The Austin American-Statesman reported on the work of the Texas Restoration Project, which is an organized effort by Religious Right activists to use Texas churches to register and mobilize the so-called "values voters" on Perry's behalf.

The Strong-Willed Theocrat: A Profile Of James Dobson

James Dobson is the undisputed king of the Religious Right. TV preacher Pat Robertson may take in more money annually and Jerry Falwell certainly has greater name recognition, but nobody outranks Dobson when it comes to sheer political power. When the Colorado Springs religious broadcaster comes to Washington, D.C., to issue one of his periodic jeremiads, many politicians quake in their boots.

Prison Palaver: Chuck Colson Distorts InnerChange Ruling

In early June, a federal court struck down a taxpayer-supported prison program in Iowa run by Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship. U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt ruled that the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) was rife with fundamentalist Christianity and thus could not be funded by the state. The legal challenge was sponsored by Americans United.

Colson and Mark Earley, president of Prison Fellowship, are very angry over that ruling – so much so that they are trying to re-litigate the case through the media.

Band Canned: Court Upholds School Decision Against Religious Music At School Assembly

Public high school officials in Ohio exercised sound judgment when they prohibited a Christian band from headlining a school-organized assembly.

Not surprisingly, a Religious Right legal outfit attacked that judgment as being hostile to religion. The Rutherford Institute represented the student musical band, called Pawn, in a federal lawsuit against the Rossford Exempted Village School District. Rutherford attorneys argued that school officials had violated the band's constitutional rights and discriminated against it because of its religious beliefs.

Bridgeport Battle: West Virginia School Board Keeps Fight Over Jesus Display Alive

A school board in West Virginia seems determined to wage a costly legal battle to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ on display in one of its high schools.

Last night, the Harrison County Board of Education for the second time voted to continue its support of a print of Jesus that hangs outside the principal's office at Bridgeport High School. The 1941 Warner Sallman rendering is the nation's most recognizable devotional artwork of Christianity's central figure.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

TV Nation: Poll Shows Americans Need Remedial Work In Civics, History

Quick! What are the three branches of American government?  Can you name at least two U.S. Supreme Court justices? How about the justice who replaced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in January 2006?

Now how about the Three Stooges or Snow White's seven dwarfs?

You're not alone if you can't answer the first three questions. A poll released Monday by Zogby International shows Americans are far more aware of popular culture than their own government.

Portrait Of Intolerance: W.Va. School Board Continues Fight To Display Painting Of Jesus In Local High School

School board members in Harrison County, W.Va., remain obstinately in favor of promoting Christianity at Bridgeport High School.

Late yesterday, after spending at least an hour in a closed-door session, the Harrison County Board of Education announced it will continue to fight a federal lawsuit seeking removal of a portrait of Jesus at Bridgeport High School. Board member Mike Queen, who has been a loud supporter of the religious display, said more than $150,000 in private funds had been raised to help the district pay for the legal challenge.

Texas Punch: Religious Right Project Hopes To Quench Gov. Rick Perry's Thirst For Reelection

Religious Right leaders are bound and determined to get Texas Gov. Rick Perry reelected, and they don't mind drawing tax-exempt houses of worship onto the governor's bandwagon.

Earlier this week, The Austin American-Statesman reported on the work of the Texas Restoration Project, which is an organized effort by Religious Right activists to use Texas churches to register and mobilize the so-called "values voters" on Perry's behalf.

The Strong-Willed Theocrat: A Profile Of James Dobson

James Dobson is the undisputed king of the Religious Right. TV preacher Pat Robertson may take in more money annually and Jerry Falwell certainly has greater name recognition, but nobody outranks Dobson when it comes to sheer political power. When the Colorado Springs religious broadcaster comes to Washington, D.C., to issue one of his periodic jeremiads, many politicians quake in their boots.

Prison Palaver: Chuck Colson Distorts InnerChange Ruling

In early June, a federal court struck down a taxpayer-supported prison program in Iowa run by Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship. U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt ruled that the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) was rife with fundamentalist Christianity and thus could not be funded by the state. The legal challenge was sponsored by Americans United.

Colson and Mark Earley, president of Prison Fellowship, are very angry over that ruling – so much so that they are trying to re-litigate the case through the media.

Band Canned: Court Upholds School Decision Against Religious Music At School Assembly

Public high school officials in Ohio exercised sound judgment when they prohibited a Christian band from headlining a school-organized assembly.

Not surprisingly, a Religious Right legal outfit attacked that judgment as being hostile to religion. The Rutherford Institute represented the student musical band, called Pawn, in a federal lawsuit against the Rossford Exempted Village School District. Rutherford attorneys argued that school officials had violated the band's constitutional rights and discriminated against it because of its religious beliefs.

Bridgeport Battle: West Virginia School Board Keeps Fight Over Jesus Display Alive

A school board in West Virginia seems determined to wage a costly legal battle to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ on display in one of its high schools.

Last night, the Harrison County Board of Education for the second time voted to continue its support of a print of Jesus that hangs outside the principal's office at Bridgeport High School. The 1941 Warner Sallman rendering is the nation's most recognizable devotional artwork of Christianity's central figure.

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