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.
When members of the Republic School Board of Education in Missouri voted 4-0 to remove Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five from its curriculum, I’ll bet they had no idea the backlash they’d receive.
But it just goes to show, making a stink of things can really go a long way. Thanks to Americans United and our allies (including the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library!), the board has now agreed to reconsider its misguided decision.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent day-long prayer-and-fasting rally in Houston has led to some interesting fallout. Commentators in the media are taking an overdue look at the extreme views of the groups that sponsored “The Response.”
Unfortunately, some are reaching a strange conclusion: These groups are so out on the fringe that we don’t need to worry about them.
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.
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.
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.
The 2011 PDK/Gallup Poll, which annually tracks public opinion on a range of public education issues, was released today. It shows record opposition to private school vouchers this year. In response to the question, “Do you favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense?” 65 percent said they were opposed.