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If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Religious Right Calls For Revival As Number Of U.S. Christians Declines

With the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans on the rise, the Religious Right is searching for a magic formula that will convert more people to fundamentalism. As far as two organizations are concerned, the solution lies in doubling down on the same old fiery, hateful rhetoric the Religious Right has employed for years. Read more

Unlucky Irish?: American Anti-Gay Groups Campaign Against Equality Referendum

On Friday, Irish voters will decide whether or not to amend their constitution to legalize same-sex marriage. If passed, the measure would add a single sentence to the Irish Constitution that reads, “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” Read more

Unfair Dealer: Cleveland Newspaper Attacks AU Over Christian Opera

Americans United’s Legal Department received a complaint recently about a public high school in the town of Willoughby that planned to perform an opera based on Christian concepts.

The opera, “I Am Martol,” was written by Ben Richard, a choral music teacher at South High School. Its plot concerns a sinner who is approached by a messenger from God and given a final chance to repent by accepting the Lord’s message of salvation. The sinner does so and ascends into heaven. In other words, it was the standard evangelical Christian message set to music. Read more

Adding Up The ‘Nones’: Changing U.S. Religious Landscape Likely To Affect Church-State Separation

Religiously unaffiliated Americans are on the rise, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest Religious Landscape Study. Roughly 56 million Americans now identify themselves as agnostic, atheist or “nothing in particular.” That’s more than 22 percent of the population. Read more

Courting Trouble: N.C. County Official Vows To Exclude Non-Christian Prayers From Government Meetings

When it comes to religion in America, the majority is most certainly not permitted to rule. Apparently an official in a North Carolina county is unaware of this fact, as evidenced by his recent claim that non-Christians should be banned from giving prayers before local government meetings.     Read more

Invocations Invalidated: Federal Judge Strikes Down North Carolina Commission’s Sectarian Prayer Practice

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Greece v. Galloway, it seemed there would be little hope of stopping local governments from opening their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers. Read more