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.
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.
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.”
Looks like El Paso’s political pastor Tom Brown may be in a lot more trouble than he thought.
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.
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!
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.”
The Campbell County Board of Supervisors holds sessions on the first Tuesday of each month in the basement of the Haberer Building in Rustburg, Va., and according to the board’s website, all meetings are open to the public.
But don’t expect to feel welcome there if you happen to hold the wrong views about religion.
Americans United has monitored hospital mergers for a number of years now, pointing out that when Catholic hospitals join with non-Catholic institutions, Catholic doctrine is imposed, and certain services are lost.