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DOJ Disappointment: Obama Administration Wants To Help Religious Right In Supreme Court Prayer Case

For most of President Barack Obama’s time in office, there has been a pretty steady drumbeat from the Religious Right and its allies about his supposed “war on religion.” That claim, among others, was used to motivate right-wing fundamentalists to work assiduously to defeat Obama in 2012. Read more

Trouble In Paradise: Tax Aid To Sectarian School Nixed In Hawaii

It always pays to read the fine print. You never know what might be lurking in a lengthy, legalistic document.

Case in point: Legislators in Hawaii recently approved a state budget. As you can imagine, a $6 billion budget for a state of 1.4 million people can be a pretty complex thing. Some lawmakers probably signed off on it without reading every word. Read more

Bayou Battle: Zack Kopplin Fights To Access Public Records On Louisiana’s ‘Science Act,’ Voucher Program

Louisiana’s voucher program is in some real trouble thanks to a federal lawsuit alleging that the scheme hinders federally mandated desegregation in many school districts, but before answering to the U.S. Department of Justice, the state will have to deal with a 20-year-old who advocates for sound science education.     Read more

Texas Textbook Trouble: Lone Star State Faces Yet Another Creationist Push

The Religious Right’s creationist campaign continues to threaten Texas public schools.

The controversy began when Texas’ State Board of Education appointed a number of creationists to review panels meant to ensure the quality of new biology textbooks. Despite valid concerns raised by watchdogs like the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), creationists remained on the panels.
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Barking Over A Seal: Fla. Residents Not Happy Over AU's DeLand Cross Protest

Some of the good citizens of DeLand, Fla., aren’t very happy with Americans United right now.

Recently, AU attorneys wrote to officials in the town of about 27,000 after we received a complaint about the city seal, which features a prominent cross. The story ended up in the media and has stirred up some of the community’s residents. AU has been on the receiving end of their wrath. Read more

He’s Baaaaaaack!: Disgraced ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate David Barton Sought By Politicians Looking To Court Religious Right

Texas-based “historian” and “Christian nation” advocate David Barton seems to have some kind of superpower – no matter how many times he is disgraced or proven wrong, he somehow bounces back. Now, despite a string of embarrassments, he seems to be forging a career as an informal advisor to top Republicans seeking to court the Religious Right. Read more

Heart Of Darkness: Pat Robertson’s African Adventures Are News Again

Pat Robertson’s in the news again and as usual, it’s not for anything good. A new documentary confirms allegations that his charity, Operation Blessing, used supporter donations to mine diamonds in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Dear Prudie, Thanks For The Plug!: Slate Advice Columnist Says AU Could Help Parent Whose Kids Face Religious Coercion In School

I’m a regular reader of Dear Prudence, a.k.a. Emily Yoffe, who doles out advice on all sorts of things from romance to workplace politics. That’s why I’m pleased to see that she mentioned Americans United as an option for a distressed parent who wrote in complaining that her son’s elementary school teacher is excited to proselytize in class. Read more

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