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Orange County (CA) Hosts Rabbi Larry Seidman

How Religion Can Help Us Develop The Values We Hold Dear

AU Member Rabbi Larry Seidman will challenge us to examine the two faces to religion.  One side is within us. It deals with our personal values and how we lead our lives.  The other side drives for conformity and dominance in the world.  The two aspects are in tension with each other.

Bald Knob Burden: Must Illinois Taxpayers Bear The Cross?

Americans United’s attorneys have been especially busy recently, and I can promise that it will continue to be that way throughout the summer.

With so much going on, some of their work sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves. That happened with a friend-of-the-court brief that AU filed last week regarding the Illinois legislature’s funding of a gigantic cross near Alto Pass, Ill.

Licensed To Ill.?: Catholic Charities Wants To Get Public Funds And Still Discriminate

For the past couple of days, Illinois Catholic Charities has been causing quite a stir.

The publicly funded religious agency, which provides foster-care and adoption services, wants to be exempt from placing children with same-sex couples. As of June 1, Illinois grants same-sex couples the right to form civil unions and, therefore, the right to jointly adopt.

Commandments Confusion: Louisiana Lawmakers Get Decalogue Fever

Louisiana is a perfectly nice state with a lot of good people in it – but some of the state’s legislators and public officials don’t seem to get it when it comes to separation of church and state.

The Pelican State has repeatedly passed laws that mix religion and government. Over the years, several laws have been passed designed to promote creationism – the most recent effort being a so-called “science education act” that attempts to bring anti-evolutionism in through schoolhouse backdoors.

Houston, We Have A Problem: Texas Governor Sponsors Stadium Prayer Rally

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is headed to the football stadium, but he’s already out of bounds.

Perry, a well-known Religious Right panderer, has proclaimed Aug. 6 to be an official day of prayer and fasting and is urging Christians to ask God for the “[h]ealing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.”

A Tale Of Two Sessions: Religious Right Conferees Decry Discrimination – But Only When It Affects Them

I spent the day on Friday at Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing here in Washington, D.C.

The list of speakers included many presidential hopefuls, congressional leaders and Religious Right strategists who came to stir their base into action.

The Christian Coalition On Steroids: Ralph Reed’s New Group Seeks To Corrupt Religion

I’ve got nothing against faith, and I’m all about freedom. But I don’t have any use for Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition.

As my colleague Rob Boston reported yesterday, the FFC is in Washington, D.C., today and tomorrow to hear from presidential hopefuls and top members of Congress. According to the group’s website, the FFC exists to preserve “the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us.”

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