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Suffer The Children: ‘Good Christian’ Legislator In Ark. Accused Of Giving Away Adopted Girls

An Arkansas lawmaker with a history of causing church-state conflicts is in hot water this week in the wake of allegations that he “re-homed” – a euphemism for gave away – two adopted girls to a former employee who later raped one of the children. Read more

What Roy Has Wrought: Alabama Supreme Court Tries Desperate Tactic To Block Same-Sex Unions

Last night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to same-sex marriages in the state.

This was a very curious action. As you may recall, a federal court earlier this year declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay this ruling. This paved the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Alabama on Feb. 9. Read more

Hindu Hullabaloo: Idaho Lawmaker Objects To Non-Christian Prayer Before Legislative Session

Government-sponsored prayer is all or nothing. That means legislative bodies that want to begin meetings with an invocation must either be inclusive of all viewpoints, or prohibit official prayers completely. But don’t tell that to one Idaho senator who seems to have a real problem with the prospect of a Hindu prayer before a senate session. Read more

Say You Want A Christian Nation?: Let’s Try This One

Last week an article began circulating on social media claiming that 57 percent of Republicans in a recent poll said they believe Christianity should be the country’s official religion.

I didn’t want to believe this at first. I figured it must be an internet poll, or one that relied on a confusing question. Read more

Boastin’ Barton: Religious Right Ersatz Historian’s Claims About Lawsuit May Not Be Accurate

Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton has been running around of late bragging about how he won defamation lawsuits against two Texans and a writer who had accused him of being a racist and a liar. However, it increasingly appears that Barton’s version of events is missing some details. Read more

Fuzzy Map: Religious Right Group Accuses Americans United And Its Allies Of Being A Bevy Of Bigots

It’s a banner month for Americans United. First, we’re named one of the greatest “enemies of Christianity” in the U.S. by our old friends the Liberty Institute. Now, not to be outdone by their competitors, the American Family Association (AFA) has placed us on its “Bigotry Map.”
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