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Hypocrisy Alert: Religious Right Likes Prayer In School – Unless It’s By Muslim Students

Religious Right zealots are always griping when they think public schools are infringing on Christian students’ religious expression, but if there is even a hint that a Muslim student might be praying in school, they get very upset.

In the West Shore School District near Harrisburg, Pa., some parents have been getting pretty angry that Muslim children might be allowed to pray during school hours – even though it hasn’t even been confirmed that any students are actually praying.

Save The Day: Religious Right Hijacks Religious Freedom Celebration

I’m all for “Religious Freedom Day,” an annual nationwide event that takes place Jan. 16 to mark the passage of one of the great milestone of freedom of conscience in America: passage of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom.

But I’m not for people using the anniversary of this important document to spread misinformation about church-state separation and religious freedom in America – and that’s just what the Religious Right is doing.

Bunk In Buncombe: North Carolina School Allowed Bible Handout, But Balks At Pagan Literature

When the Buncombe County (North Carolina) School System called Ginger Strivelli’s bluff, the Pagan mother of a student at a Weaverville elementary school didn’t back down.

In December, school officials had allowed a local chapter of The Gideons International to make Bibles available at North Windy Ridge Elementary. When Strivelli’s son came home with one, she complained and asked to drop off some Pagan books at the school.

Crazy For Creationism: Legislators In Ind. And N.H. Seek To Undermine Instruction About Evolution

It looks like opponents of creationism are going to have their hands full in 2012. The new year is just a few days old, and already we’ve seen several anti-evolution bills popping up in the states.

In Indiana, state Sen. Dennis Kruse has introduced S.B. 89, a bill that would allow public schools in the state to “require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation.”

Falwell Follies, Episode Umpteen: Jerry Jr. Runs Liberty U. Ads In Iowa That Feature Candidate Gingrich

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. is up to his old tricks again.

According to media reports, television ads that feature Newt Gingrich extolling the virtues of Liberty University have appeared in Iowa just before today’s presidential caucuses.

It doesn’t take much political imagination to see this as a barely disguised endorsement of the Republican White House hopeful.

Mixed Message: Texas Judge Removes Courthouse Religious Display Even Though He Agrees With It

Americans United has had its share of church-state separation issues in Texas, so it’s good to see that a judge there recently had a religious display removed from outside the Lubbock County Courthouse even if it wasn’t for all the right reasons.

The display, which was left anonymously, was meant to serve as an act of protest against church-state separation. It contained a cross, a baby Jesus in a crib and a handwritten sign that read: “Reunite the church and state, and separation of church and state is not just wrong, the ‘63 ruling of the Supreme Court is unconstitutional.”

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