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Polygamy In Utah: It’s Still Illegal

Over the weekend, you might have seen a news story with a headline like, “Court Strikes Down Utah Polygamy Law.”

If all you read was the headline, you might assume that polygamy was once again legal in Utah. It’s not. Instead, the state has been told not to interfere in religious ceremonies that, while they may have meaning for the people who take part in them, bestow no government recognition. Read more

Cross Over?: Court Rules Calif. Sectarian Symbol On Government Land Must Come Down

A federal court has ordered the removal of the controversial Mt. Soledad cross near San Diego. The towering symbol of Christianity, built in 1954 on the peak of Mt. Soledad, is a 43 foot high Latin cross – and it sits on government-owned land.
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Pocketful Of Problems: Group Providing Constitutions To Fla. Public School Students Believes Church-State Separation Doesn’t Exist

It seems Florida public school students have been handed a pocketful of lies about church-state separation thanks to a state judge who arranged for the distribution of mini copies of the Constitution from a right-wing group with theocratic beliefs.

Back in 2006, then-Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis created a program called Justice Teaching in order to help children learn about the Constitution, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Read more

Equal Education: N.C. Christian School Rejects Vouchers After Discrimination Fight

A North Carolina private school will refuse voucher money after a public outcry over its anti-gay policies. Myrtle Grove Christian School had been approved to receive funds through the state’s new “Opportunity Scholarship” program, but under its ‘Biblical morality policy,’ it refuses admission to LGBT students and even the straight children of LGBT parents.

Critics called it state-funded discrimination.
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Yes, He Can!: Fla. Man Wins Space For Festivus Display At State Capitol

Americans United’s Religious Right opponents love to make false accusations against us. One of their frequent claims is that we seek to sanitize the public square by removing all traces of religion. Read more

Sarah Saves Christmas!: Former Alaska Gov. Says Thomas Jefferson Would Oppose Atheist-Led ‘War On Christmas’

Sarah Palin is still on the defensive as part of her phony “War on Christmas,” and now she seems to have recruited a new ally for her fight: Thomas Jefferson. Read more

Off Target: Ohio Public School District Wants Creationist Archers To Run Gym Classes

Most people associate school gym classes with ill-fitting outfits, impatient coaches and diabolical rope climbs. But one school district in Ohio wants to make gym classes feel more like Sunday school. Read more

‘Tis The Season To Tell Big, Honking Lies: More ‘War On Christmas’ Calumny From The Far Right

Yesterday Fox News and Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze” reported that a public school in Bulloch County, Ga., had banned Christmas cards. According to the Beck site, this was done because earlier this year Americans United had demanded that the school order teachers to “curtail religious expression while teaching.” Read more

Cranky Over Christmas: N.J. Lawmaker Pushes Guidelines For Public School Holiday Celebrations

The “War on Christmas” may be a myth, but that didn’t stop a New Jersey Assemblyman from introducing a bill that would tell school districts exactly what they may say and do to celebrate the holidays. Read more

Delaware Valley (PA) AU to Host Greg Lipper

AU attorney Greg Lipper is speaking tonight at an event hosted by Delaware Valley AU. The title of his talk is “Government, God, and the Town of Greece: The Supreme Court Revisits Legislative Prayer.”  
 
AU's legal team represents the two women who launched the Town of Greece v. Galloway lawsuit, the first Supreme Court case in more than a decade to consider the limits on government-sponsored prayer.

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