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Marriage Crisis: Ripping Up The Constitution Behind Closed Doors

In a closed-door session today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send a federal marriage amendment to the Senate floor for consideration.

By a 10-8 margin this morning, the committee, headed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), approved S.J.Res.1, which mandates that marriage in America "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) voted against the proposed constitutional amendment and lambasted his colleagues for deliberating in a private session.

San Diego Showdown: Battle Over Cross In California Park Continues

A 17-year battle to keep a towering Christian cross atop a hillside overlooking San Diego, Calif., has become yet another front in our nation's so-called culture wars.

Philip Paulson, a Vietnam veteran and San Diego resident, sued the city seeking removal of the 43-foot religious symbol from Mount Soledad Natural Park. His lawsuit argued that the icon violates the separation of church and state. Religious symbols, the case contended, are properly displayed on private property, such as a church lawn, but not in a public, tax-supported park.

Bah, Humbug: Mo. School District Renames Winter Break

It's now much closer to the Fourth of July than it is to Dec. 25, but culture-war skirmishes over Christmas continue.

In suburban St. Louis, the board of education at Francis Howell School District has voted 4-3 to rechristen "Winter Break" as "Christmas Break." According to a report in the O'Fallon (Mo.) Journal, school board members said they have received more emails on this topic than any other they can recall.

Covert Operation: Congress Pushes Sectarian Prayer In Military

Some members of Congress have once again demonstrated that they have a poor understanding of religious freedom and diversity in the military.

During deliberations over a massive defense authorization bill May 3, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) slipped a rider into the bill that gives military chaplains a broad-based right to offer sectarian prayers.

Faith-Based Firewall: Conservative Priest Says Bush Initiative Endangers Religion

President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative has drawn plenty of opposition. Moderate and progressive religious and political leaders have argued that the president's agenda violates the First Amendment and politicizes religious work.

Now, a staunchly conservative voice has joined the chorus of criticism.

The Rev. Robert A. Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest and president of the Acton Institute, says he would "rather see a president rally people to give more to charity than rally voters to support government programs that go to religious organizations...."  

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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

Marriage Crisis: Ripping Up The Constitution Behind Closed Doors

In a closed-door session today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send a federal marriage amendment to the Senate floor for consideration.

By a 10-8 margin this morning, the committee, headed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), approved S.J.Res.1, which mandates that marriage in America "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) voted against the proposed constitutional amendment and lambasted his colleagues for deliberating in a private session.

San Diego Showdown: Battle Over Cross In California Park Continues

A 17-year battle to keep a towering Christian cross atop a hillside overlooking San Diego, Calif., has become yet another front in our nation's so-called culture wars.

Philip Paulson, a Vietnam veteran and San Diego resident, sued the city seeking removal of the 43-foot religious symbol from Mount Soledad Natural Park. His lawsuit argued that the icon violates the separation of church and state. Religious symbols, the case contended, are properly displayed on private property, such as a church lawn, but not in a public, tax-supported park.

Bah, Humbug: Mo. School District Renames Winter Break

It's now much closer to the Fourth of July than it is to Dec. 25, but culture-war skirmishes over Christmas continue.

In suburban St. Louis, the board of education at Francis Howell School District has voted 4-3 to rechristen "Winter Break" as "Christmas Break." According to a report in the O'Fallon (Mo.) Journal, school board members said they have received more emails on this topic than any other they can recall.

Covert Operation: Congress Pushes Sectarian Prayer In Military

Some members of Congress have once again demonstrated that they have a poor understanding of religious freedom and diversity in the military.

During deliberations over a massive defense authorization bill May 3, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) slipped a rider into the bill that gives military chaplains a broad-based right to offer sectarian prayers.

Faith-Based Firewall: Conservative Priest Says Bush Initiative Endangers Religion

President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative has drawn plenty of opposition. Moderate and progressive religious and political leaders have argued that the president's agenda violates the First Amendment and politicizes religious work.

Now, a staunchly conservative voice has joined the chorus of criticism.

The Rev. Robert A. Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest and president of the Acton Institute, says he would "rather see a president rally people to give more to charity than rally voters to support government programs that go to religious organizations...."  

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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

Marriage Crisis: Ripping Up The Constitution Behind Closed Doors

In a closed-door session today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send a federal marriage amendment to the Senate floor for consideration.

By a 10-8 margin this morning, the committee, headed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), approved S.J.Res.1, which mandates that marriage in America "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) voted against the proposed constitutional amendment and lambasted his colleagues for deliberating in a private session.

San Diego Showdown: Battle Over Cross In California Park Continues

A 17-year battle to keep a towering Christian cross atop a hillside overlooking San Diego, Calif., has become yet another front in our nation's so-called culture wars.

Philip Paulson, a Vietnam veteran and San Diego resident, sued the city seeking removal of the 43-foot religious symbol from Mount Soledad Natural Park. His lawsuit argued that the icon violates the separation of church and state. Religious symbols, the case contended, are properly displayed on private property, such as a church lawn, but not in a public, tax-supported park.

Bah, Humbug: Mo. School District Renames Winter Break

It's now much closer to the Fourth of July than it is to Dec. 25, but culture-war skirmishes over Christmas continue.

In suburban St. Louis, the board of education at Francis Howell School District has voted 4-3 to rechristen "Winter Break" as "Christmas Break." According to a report in the O'Fallon (Mo.) Journal, school board members said they have received more emails on this topic than any other they can recall.

Covert Operation: Congress Pushes Sectarian Prayer In Military

Some members of Congress have once again demonstrated that they have a poor understanding of religious freedom and diversity in the military.

During deliberations over a massive defense authorization bill May 3, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) slipped a rider into the bill that gives military chaplains a broad-based right to offer sectarian prayers.

Faith-Based Firewall: Conservative Priest Says Bush Initiative Endangers Religion

President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative has drawn plenty of opposition. Moderate and progressive religious and political leaders have argued that the president's agenda violates the First Amendment and politicizes religious work.

Now, a staunchly conservative voice has joined the chorus of criticism.

The Rev. Robert A. Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest and president of the Acton Institute, says he would "rather see a president rally people to give more to charity than rally voters to support government programs that go to religious organizations...."  

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