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With Charity For Some?: Illinois Court Rejects Catholic Agency’s ‘Right’ To Discriminate With Public Funds

We’ve had a welcome slew of court victories for church-state separation as of late.

Most recently, a state court in Illinois has rejected a lawsuit brought by Catholic Charities. The Catholic agency wanted to continue receiving government contracts for adoption services but still discriminate by refusing to place children with couples in civil unions.

‘The Response’ And The Truth: Houston Prayer Rally Kicked Off ‘Biblical’ Political Campaign

Religious Right folks can be sneaky, that’s for sure.

They know the best way to surreptitiously influence elections: hold an event at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas; say it’s about prayer not politics; collect thousands of email addresses through the event’s registration process; and two weeks later, send out a mass email urging attendees to show up at the polls and recruit others to go along.

State Audit Confirms Milwaukee Voucher Schools Score No Better

The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau has released a report confirming what a group of privately funded researchers found last year: students in Milwaukee using vouchers to attend private and religious schools perform no better on standardized tests than their counterparts in public schools.

Idaho Victory!: Federal Appeals Court Rejects Bible-Based Charter School Lawsuit

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) lost another battle this week in its ongoing crusade to bring religion into public schools.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Idaho Public Charter School Commission acted constitutionally when it ordered the Nampa Classical Academy not to base its curriculum on the Bible or any other religious texts.

In August 2009, the Commission told Academy officials that using religious literature as primary teaching materials violates the state constitution and would not be permitted.

Poisonous Brew: Beware Of The Tea Party’s Theocratic Kool-Aid

Is the Tea Party really just the Religious Right in a tri-corner hat? Two scholars seem to think so.

In a fascinating op-ed in The New York Times yesterday, David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam talked about the kind of Americans who came to identify with that much-discussed movement.  Campbell, an associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, and Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, have done the research to tell us where the Tea Party really came from.

Bad Choice: Ohio Official Drops Creationism Crusade – And Takes Up School Vouchers

Some people just don’t know when to give up.  Take Springboro (Ohio) school board member Kelly Kohls. Kohls recently suggested that “intelligent design,” the current variation of creationism, be taught in her local public schools.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Kohls said, “Creationism is a significant part of the history of this country. It is an absolutely valid theory and to omit it means we are omitting part of the history of this country.”

Private School Voucher Hearings This Week in Pennsylvania

The battle over the proposed Pennsylvania private school voucher program continues this week as the House Education Committee holds additional hearings on the issue in Harrisburg. The Committee will hear testimony regarding the proposal on Wednesday, August 17, and Thursday, August 18. We strongly encourage you to attend and support those speaking out against private school vouchers.

Confused Critics: Are You ‘An Enemy Of What Is Good About America’?

Did you know that I’m an “enemy of what is good about America”? And if you support Americans United, well, then you must be, too!

Who knew?

But that’s what Mark Ramsey, a blogger at Texas GOP Vote believes.

In a blog post, he asked:

“Why does the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State exist? They are enemies of what is good about America. Why does the ACLU exist? They are enemies of what made this country the envy of the world.”

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