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Where Would Jesus Shop?: Mainstream Leaders Reject Religious Right Humbuggery

Jesus wants you to go shopping this Christmas at Wal-Mart, Macy's and J.C. Penney's. But whatever you do, don't venture into The Gap, Eddie Bauer or Old Navy.

Well, I guess I shouldn't say it's Jesus who wants you to make those shopping decisions. It's Dr. James Dobson and some of the other Religious Right honchos who claim to speak for Jesus in our day. Read more

Don't Worry, Be Happy!: Religious Right Attorney Tries To Spin InnerChange Court Loss

Yesterday a federal appeals court ruled in Americans United's favor in an important case testing the "faith-based" initiative, declaring tax-funded support of a fundamentalist Christian prison rehabilitation program in Iowa unconstitutional.

That's what happened in the real world. In an alternate universe occupied by the Religious Right, the outcome was a little different: The Religious Right won the case! Read more

Standing Pat: TV Preacher Robertson Retrenches, But Keeps Power At CBN

Every morning at 10 o'clock, I settle down in front of the TV for a little time with Pat Robertson. We at Americans United like to keep an eye on his "700 Club," in case he attacks church-state separation or says something outrageous.

My morning routine has come in handy several times (like the time we leaked to the media that Robertson said, and then denied saying, that the U.S. should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez). Usually there's not much worth repeating. Read more

Unintelligent Decision: Texas Education Official Forced Out For Supporting Sound Science

I've worked at Americans United for 20 years, and in that time, I've read about -- and even witnessed -- a lot of dumb things happening because of pressure from the Religious Right. I thought I'd seen it all, but every now and then something occurs that takes my breath away.

Something like that just happened in Texas. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has forced its director of science curriculum to resign because – horror of horrors! – she had the temerity to issue an e-mail pointing out a speech by a noted opponent of "intelligent design" (ID). Read more

Horror Flick: Two Thumbs Down For Ben Stein's Creationism Film

The Family Research Council (FRC) yesterday hosted a sneak-peak of Ben Stein's new documentary, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed."

At this event, former George Mason University professor Caroline Crocker told of the "persecution" that "Darwin doubters" allegedly face in academia. Professors are being fired and students punished for questioning the theory of evolution, she said. Read more

Skewed Science: Florida School Board Mulls 'Intelligent Design'

The state of Florida, in an admirable attempt to lurch into the 21st century, is considering adopting new science standards that actually mention the word "evolution."

Current standards talk about "biological changes over time." The new standards, if adopted in January, will promote evolution as one of several key ideas in science that students need to learn. Read more

Abstaining From An Ineffective Approach: Virginia Governor Says No More Tax Funds For Religious Right Sex Education

People often ask if the Religious Right is really affecting public policy in America. The rise of "faith-based" initiatives, efforts to stymie stem-cell research, the appointment of federal judges hostile to church-state separation and various efforts to replace the teaching of evolution with forms of creationism in public schools provide a clear answer: Yes.

But there's another area of public policy that has been dramatically affected by the Religious Right that people tend to overlook: sex education programs. Read more

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