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.
The Texas State Board of Education is heading back into the news this week.
The right-wing Alliance Defense Fund sent out a fundraising email this week that sounded a familiar Religious Right theme.
“You’ve likely heard the phrase: ‘the separation of church and state,’” it said. “But did you know it’s NOT in the U.S. Constitution? The phrase has been misused by opponents of the Gospel IN OUR OWN COURTS to erode your freedom. It’s a distortion of what the First Amendment intended.”
I sometimes wonder what it must be like to live in the Religious Right’s world. It’s a place where if you don’t like reality, you just make up something else. If you’re annoyed by the fact that the Earth is five billion years old, you can insist that it’s only 6,000 and that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. If you don’t like the fact that the U.S. Constitution creates a secular government, you can assert that it’s really Christian.
What color is the sky in their world? Perhaps it’s a really cool royal purple!
Legislators in Michigan are proposing a bill that opens the door to religiously grounded discrimination in counseling services.
The Orange County chapter’s July 16th event features Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Bonnie Castrey. She will be speaking on: "School Vouchers: A Threat to Public Education.” School vouchers undermine religious liberty, divert money to unaccountable private schools, and have repeatedly been rejected by California voters. Not only that, vouchers don’t improve student performance.
Reporters with the mainstream media sure love to write about the presidential horse race, don’t they? And I find it interesting how certain candidates suddenly become all the rage. How many stories about Michele Bachmann have you seen recently?
But the media, so intent on polls and personalities, is missing a huge story: The Religious Right’s attempt to pick our next president.
The people of Missouri deserve better.
Not only has the state’s legislature passed a measure that could open the door to government-promoted religion – it plans to deliberately mislead Missourians about it.
H.J.R. 2 will appear on the November 2012 ballot. It’s an amendment that will add language to the state’s constitution codifying the right of Missourians to express their religious beliefs in public places, including public schools.
The Dalai Lama really gets it.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is in Washington, D.C., to lead a 10-day peace festival at a venue just a few blocks from Americans United’s national office.
The Washington Post has been reporting on the event. Yesterday the newspaper mentioned the Dalai Lama’s longtime support of the separation of church and state.