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Halting Harassment: Public School Efforts To Protect Students Run Into Religious Right Bullies

Many public schools are finally taking an overdue look at the problem of bullying. A number of state legislatures have even weighed in to address the issue.

That’s good news. After all, it’s impossible for a young person to do well in school if he or she is being bullied or is worried about being bullied.

Amazing Awardees: Americas United Salutes Two Bold Activists For Church-State Separation

At a luncheon today, Americans United will present awards to two people who have worked hard to preserve religious freedom for all.

Corwyn Schultz will receive AU’s Religious Liberty Award. As a high school senior last year, Corwyn had the courage to stand up to official, coercive forms of prayer at his graduation ceremony. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order striking down the prayers, but unfortunately a higher court overturned it. The case, which is sponsored by Americans United, is ongoing.

Arkansas Infraction: Preschool Shouldn’t ‘Grow God’s Kingdom’ With Taxpayer Dollars

The Arkansas Constitution is pretty clear on religious liberty.

In Article II, Sec. 24, it insists that “no man can, of right, be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship; or to maintain any ministry against his consent.” Article XIV, Sec. 2 reemphasizes that point, barring the using of the public school fund “for any other than the respective purposes to which it belongs.”

Supremely Scary: Justice Thomas’ Approach To Church-State Relations Is Truly Frightening

It’s Halloween, so be prepared to see some scary things today. I’m expecting a full complement of neighborhood ghosts and goblins at the house tonight for trick or treat, but they can’t faze me. I’ve already had my scare for the day. It came in the form of a 19-page rant by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The high court, you see, has been trying to decide what to do with a case out of Utah dealing with crosses that were displayed along highways as memorials to members of the highway patrol who died in the line of duty.

Amending Common Sense: Religious Right Backs ‘Personhood’ Initiative In Mississippi

On Nov. 8, Mississippi voters will attempt to answer a question that American society has wrestled with for decades: when does life begin?

If it passes, Initiative 26 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to say that life begins at the moment of conception and that a fertilized egg has full legal rights as a person. The consequences of this would be far reaching, including banning abortion in virtually all cases (including rape and incest), as well as making many forms of contraception illegal.

‘Educational Choice’ And Hooey: School Vouchers Help Religious Schools, Not Families

A voucher subsidy for religious and other private schools just passed the Pennsylvania Senate, and voucher schemes are bubbling in Ohio and Tennessee. Other states are wrestling with the issue as well.

As usual, proponents of the scheme are depicting vouchers as a way to ensure “educational choice.” But what they don’t tell you is that the “choice” remains with the religious and other private schools. It is they and not parents who decide who gets admitted to their classrooms.

Halloween Comes Early: Congressional Hearing Will Showcase Religious Right Scare Tactics

It seems that some Republicans in the House of Representatives are awfully worried about government infringing on the liberties of the Religious Right, so the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution has called for a hearing today on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”

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