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Decalogue Decision: Baptists Urge Gov. Henry To Veto Commandments Bill

The Religious Right would have us think that only atheists support the separation of church and state. In fact, thoughtful believers and non-believers alike back this basic principle of American life.

Consider the battle over a proposed Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol in Oklahoma. The legislature there has approved a measure mandating the display of a Protestant version of the Decalogue. Read more

Angels, Demons & Blowhards: It's Only A Movie, Bill, Only A Movie

On Friday morning, I trekked to the Fox News Channel studio in Washington to debate Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights about President Barack Obama's upcoming speaking engagement at Notre Dame.

I'd prefer to have a civil discussion over these matters, but Donohue has two settings: "Obnoxious" and "Even More Obnoxious," so things got heated right away. Read more

Forever Catholic?: State Law Lets Monaghan Control Florida Town's Fate

Is there a theocracy flourishing in South Florida?

According to reports from The Naples News, there just may be. The newspaper is in the midst of a three-part series on the town of Ave Maria, which came to be after Tom Monaghan, an ultra-conservative Catholic from Michigan, bought 100,000 acres of land just west of Naples.

Many have flocked to Ave Maria, which is home to a Catholic university, a Catholic law school and a huge Catholic Church. But few probably knew quite what they were getting into. Read more

Of Politics And Piety: How I Spent My National Day Of Prayer

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer (NDP). He called on Americans to "to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love."

Obama saluted the men and women of the armed forces and added, "We recognize that it is because of them that we continue to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience." Read more

The Real World: Why Supreme Court Appointments Are So Important

It's possible "Tonight Show" Host Jay Leno already has conclusive results on this, but for today's purposes, I'm just going to make a wild assumption.

I'm going to assume that if I stopped the average American on the street and asked him or her to name all the U.S. Supreme Court justices, most would probably have no clue.

In fact, I doubt it would be much of a gamble to claim that many would not even know there are nine justices. Read more

Hunting Souls In Afghanistan: Video Exposes Military Proselytizing Plan

A video that shows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan plotting to distribute Bibles and preach Christianity to the largely Muslim population there is creating quite a stir.

The footage was shot a year ago by Brian Hughes, a documentary film maker and was recently featured on the English version of Al Jazeera. It shows a band of soldiers stationed at Bagram openly discussing ways to get around military regulations that ban proselytizing by soldiers in Afghanistan. Read more

Targeting Texas: Social Studies Panel May Include Right-Wing Ideologues

First it was science. Now it's social studies. What's next – a Religious Right version of algebra?

Texas Freedom Network (TFN) reported over the weekend that the Texas State Board of Education is gearing up to appoint a social studies curriculum "expert" panel, and according to TFN, David Barton is at the top of this "expert" list. Read more

Diplomas And Disrespect: Public Schools Should Not Force Religion On Graduating Seniors

This summer, I will celebrate my 10-year high school reunion. In fact, just last week I received a Facebook message from our class president to "save the date" (which, as a side note, I doubt I will be "saving").

But reading the message got me thinking. High school can be a tough place, but there definitely were some good times. And one of those times was putting on my cap and gown to celebrate finally getting out of there! Read more

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