The 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is fast approaching, giving the Religious Right just a few more days to rant and rave about the lack of official prayers at the commemoration sponsored by New York City.
Good news from Macon County, N.C.!
A public school system there has agreed that it made a mistake in allowing a controversial preacher to speak at Nantahala School’s graduation ceremony in June.
At the commencement, the Rev. Daniel “Cowboy” Stewart, pastor of a small Baptist church in Robbinsville, delivered a sermon to the nine graduating seniors. He brought a volunteer on stage, bound the person with a rope and then placed a bag over the volunteer’s head. The demonstration served to warn students about the machinations of Satan and included references to the Bible.
The situation involving school vouchers in Douglas County, Colo., is a real disgrace.
The county school board was hijacked by a bloc of right-wing activists. They immediately began looking for ways to privatize public services. Someone got the bright idea that public schools would be a good place to start, and the board was off to the races.
Occasionally something I write for Church & State or on this blog will spur a reader to mail me a letter or send me an email thoughtfully pointing out to me why I’m all wet.
This happened a few years ago after I wrote an article about efforts by creationists to infiltrate public schools. A gentleman in Nebraska sent me a booklet that asserted that not only is the Earth young (a mere 6,000 years), it is also the center of the universe.
It’s certainly a whole different world now that we have Facebook, isn’t it?
Without the social networking site, Florida public school teacher Jerry Buell may have continued using his classroom as a “mission field” to spread his religious beliefs – without anyone being the wiser.
But a few weeks ago, the social studies teacher made national headlines after posting some hateful anti-gay remarks on his Wall.
Guess what, folks? Muslims have the right to build houses of worship in America!
Shocking, isn’t it?
Apparently it is to some people in Murfreesboro, Tenn. They’ve been in state court trying to stop some Muslims from expanding a mosque there.
Why? Well, they just don’t much like Muslims.
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is approaching, and for some reason, Religious Right groups have decided to manufacture a new “culture war” controversy over a commemorative event that will take place in New York City.
I am all for prisoners having the right to worship and access to academic training that helps prevent recidivism, but I’m very wary of a new program in Texas.
Last week I took a vacation with my family in New Mexico, a state I had never visited before. We were all impressed with its incredible beauty and fascinating history.
One of the sites we visited was White Sands National Monument. This amazing desert park contains enormous dunes of sand as white as snow. It’s like visiting a vast, oceanless beach.
Poor Erik Stanley.
The Alliance Defense Fund attorney keeps pleading with evangelical clergy to step forward and become political bosses, but the clergy – and the American people – keep saying no.
Stanley and his Religious Right cronies salivate at the prospect of an evangelical Christian voting bloc marching in lockstep under the dictates of rigid right-wing pulpiteers and electing candidates who will tear down the wall of separation between church and state.