Religious Right groups talk a good line about “family values.” But, as a recent case from Vermont indicates, some groups have an unusual definition of what that term means.
The U.S. Supreme Court has let us down again this week.
The justices ruled 6-2 that prisoners cannot seek money damages from the state when their rights are violated under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The federal statute’s purpose, in part, is to protect prisoners’ rights to practice their religion.
For Christians, it’s Holy Week, and you don’t have to look too far to find crosses on display at churches and other venues. As pretty much everyone knows, that symbol represents the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and is generally regarded as the central representation of the Christian faith.
But if you ask the lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you might get a different take.
Earlier this week, I talked about how important it is for young people today to know their rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.
There are many misconceptions out there about what the First Amendment says. As adults, we often forget that these fallacies can affect kids from an early age.
Americans United got some good news yesterday in a “faith-based” funding case that began back in 2000.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Alicia Pedreira and other Kentucky taxpayers against the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children. Using millions in public funds, the sectarian childcare agency has been indoctrinating children in religious beliefs and discriminating on religious grounds in employment, firing Pedreira for being a lesbian.
Every year at the Values Voter Summit in September, the Religious Right makes sure to put its young activists in the limelight. They serve as a reminder (and a warning) that the fundamentalist political agenda will be pushed for years to come.
Fortunately, advocates of church-state separation have our own youth activists ready to take them on. Baton Rouge, La., high school senior Zack Kopplin is a good example.
By Nate Hennagin
There is good news and bad news from the state of South Carolina today.
Let’s start with the good news: Members of the Florence School District 1 School Board have agreed to stop sending sectarian email messages to staff after Americans United advised against the practice.