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Fundamentalist Football: Clemson University Coaches Allegedly Proselytized To Team

It seems football players at Clemson University must pass a religious test in order to play for the school’s team.

Clemson, a public school in South Carolina, has been accused of allowing its football coaches to indoctrinate their players in Christianity. Read more

The Good Book Taught Badly?: Okla. School District Approves Hobby Lobby Owner’s Bible Course

An Oklahoma school district has approved the use of a Bible curriculum designed by Steve Green, the controversial owner of Hobby Lobby. The Mustang public schools will begin offering the curriculum next academic year.
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DeMint’s Demented History: Heritage Foundation Head Claims Faith Freed The Slaves

The Religious Right loves to twist history to suit its agenda, and the latest culprit to tell a tall tale of the past is former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

DeMint, a Tea Party favorite who represented South Carolina from 2005-2013, is now head of the conservative Washington, D.C.-based think tank Heritage Foundation. Heritage is a sponsor of the Values Voter Summit, the Religious Right’s big annual strategy meeting in Washington. (Heritage used to focus on low taxes, low regulation and free markets. In recent years, it has adopted a far-right social agenda as well.)     Read more

Bayou Bible Blues: Louisiana Doesn’t Need An Official State Scripture

Louisiana is not exactly the poster child for the separation of church and state.

There have been persistent problems in the state, stretching back several decades. Louisiana, you will recall, passed the “balanced treatment” act mandating that public school teach creationism alongside evolution. It was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Read more

We Have Ways Of Making You Talk: AFA Cries Foul Over ‘Day Of Silence’ In Schools

Today is the 18th annual Day of Silence, an activist effort designed to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying in schools and colleges. Founded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the project encourages students to take a vow of silence for the day to demonstrate the “silencing effect” that bullying and harassment has on LGBT youth.
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Putrid Pundits: Bill O’Reilly, Ben Stein Call For More Religion In Public Life

The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.

“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.” Read more

Birth Control Battle: Catholic Bishops Double Down After Philippine Loss

The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld a law providing free contraceptives to any woman who requests them, defying opposition by the country’s powerful Catholic bishops. The Reproductive Health Law was signed by President Benigno Aquino III in 2012, but it has languished in the courts ever since thanks to challenges from faith-based lobbies.
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Dishonest Dialogue: Religious Right Tells Pastors To Preach Politics At Texas Gathering

Always beware of the Religious Right when it’s bearing gifts, as was the case at a recent conference attended by roughly 950 pastors in Austin, Texas. Read more

Does The Universe Revolve Around You?: Geocentrist Creationists Seek To Become The Center Of Attention

There are days when fundamentalist zealots do something so off the wall that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I do a little bit of both.

Today is one of those days. This emotional roller-coaster comes courtesy of a band of extremists who have fine-tuned creationism and have concluded – wait for it – that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong: The Earth really is the center of the universe. Read more

Suspicious Stories: Created Controversies Complicate Religion In Public Schools

Ever hungry for a headline, Fox News contributor Todd Starnes has drummed up yet another controversy over religion in public schools. He recently took to his column to tell the tale of a Florida girl, 5-year-old Gabriella Perez, who had allegedly been told by her teacher that she could not pray over her lunch.
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