Of all the things Congress should and could be spending time on, a resolution celebrating the influence of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is certainly not one of them.
It looks like Texas is due for another round of fussing and fighting over creationism in public schools.
The state Board of Education continues to be dominated by Religious Right zealots who refuse to accept modern science and seek to teach religiously based concepts in biology classes. (They also reject accepted history. Remember, these are the people who hired “Christian nation” propagandist David Barton to help rewrite their social studies standards.)
America’s public school system and the constitutional separation of church and state are under relentless assault.
As much as I love our friends across the pond, I suspect I’m not the only one who’s already tired of hearing about England’s royal wedding – and it hasn’t even happened yet. I’m thinking of engaging in a media blackout on Friday.
But one aspect of the event did catch my attention: The gala affair has put the spotlight on the Church of England and the close relationship between religion and government in the United Kingdom.
It’s always a pleasure to find fellow church-state separationists who are as passionate about the First Amendment as we at Americans United are.
This week, two college students have taken the time to speak out against what they see is unconstitutional government mingling with religion.
Religious Right groups talk a good line about “family values.” But, as a recent case from Vermont indicates, some groups have an unusual definition of what that term means.
The U.S. Supreme Court has let us down again this week.
The justices ruled 6-2 that prisoners cannot seek money damages from the state when their rights are violated under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The federal statute’s purpose, in part, is to protect prisoners’ rights to practice their religion.
For Christians, it’s Holy Week, and you don’t have to look too far to find crosses on display at churches and other venues. As pretty much everyone knows, that symbol represents the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and is generally regarded as the central representation of the Christian faith.
But if you ask the lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you might get a different take.
Earlier this week, I talked about how important it is for young people today to know their rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.
There are many misconceptions out there about what the First Amendment says. As adults, we often forget that these fallacies can affect kids from an early age.