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Pulpit Priority: An Atlanta Pastor Says Churches Should Be Prophetic, Not Political

Americans United recently asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an El Paso ministry that is spearheading a recall campaign against that city’s mayor and two members of the city council.

Pastor Tom Brown has used his Tom Brown Ministries to coordinate the recall campaign. Brown is angry because Mayor John Cook and council members Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd voted to extend benefits to domestic partners. He is using the ministry’s website to promote the recall.

Pennsylvania Vouchers Hearing This Wednesday in Philadelphia

This Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Education Committee will be holding a day-long hearing on the proposed statewide private school voucher program. This hearing is part of the Committee’s summer hearing series, which will take the Committee across the state. Usually, such events are held at the state capitol, in Harrisburg, but this hearing will be held in Philadelphia, PA. We encourage those of you in the Philly area to take advantage of the rare opportunity to address the Committee in your city.

Triumph In Texas: State School Board Approves Sound-Science Materials

We have a victory in Texas! On Friday, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve sound-science materials for public school biology courses.

By a 14-0 vote, the board chose to approve supplemental materials from mainstream publishers, not creationism-based recommendations from Religious Right-backed vendors.

Texas Tall Tale?: VA Lays To Rest Religious Right Distortions About Cemetery Censorship

Religious Right activists love to spread tales of outrage about alleged attempts by government officials to censor religion. These stories are great for fund-raising and stirring up the faithful, but over the years I’ve learned to be skeptical of them.

Correcting A Confused Columnist: Why Gov. Perry’s Exclusionary Prayer Event Is Wrong For Texas – And America

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in the national news a lot lately – as I’m sure many of you have noticed.

Besides talk of his possible presidential run, the media has been very interested in the governor’s initiation and endorsement of “The Response,” a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally to be held in Houston Aug. 6.

North Shore (IL) AU presents Louis Altman

The North Shore (IL) Chapter presents Louis Altman, speaking on "Humanistic Judaism: A Contradiction in Terms?"

The event takes place Thursday, July 21, from 7-9 PM, at the Northbrook Public Library, Pollack Room, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.

Planning, Parking And The Word Of God: Va. Town Balks At Proposed Interfaith Center

Yesterday I traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to speak at the Rutherford Institute. The Institute, founded by attorney John W. Whitehead in the 1980s as a conservative Christian legal group, has changed a lot over the years. These days, John is critical of the Religious Right, and he has expanded the work of the Institute, taking on cases dealing with “zero tolerance” policies in public schools and government surveillance of citizens.

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