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Intelligent TV: PBS Program Features Dover Creationism Battle

The town of Dover, Pa., gained new and unfortunate recognition when, in late fall of 2004, its school board became the first in the country to introduce "intelligent design" (ID) into the public school biology curriculum. Students were to be read a four-paragraph statement which questioned the validity of evolution and directed students who wanted to learn more about ID to a creationist textbook in the school's library.   Read more

Voucher Venom: Utah Voters Feel The Byrne, As Bitter Fat Cat Moves On To South Carolina

For eight months, mega-bucks businessman Patrick Byrne spent millions of dollars and lots of energy trying to convince Utahns that they should support a private school voucher scheme.

And when Utah residents overwhelmingly rejected the so-called "Parents for Choice in Education Act," Byrne got rankled and blasted Utahns as uncaring dupes. The head of the Internet retail seller Overstock.com also took cheap shots at his own allies. Read more

Holiday Hucksters: Religious Right Cranks Up Another 'War On Christmas'

Your kids are queasy from eating too much candy, there's a decomposing jack o'lantern on your front stoop and the trees in your back yard are rapidly shedding leaves. Sounds like the time is right for another "War on Christmas" brought to you by the Religious Right!

That's right. These days, the Religious Right doesn't even have the decency to wait until Thanksgiving to start whining about what terms people use to describe the December holidays. Read more

Cancer Cant: Religious Right Opposes Texas Funding For Medical Research

Is finding a cure for cancer pro-life and pro-family? You'd think so.

But in Texas, Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum is opposing a bond issue on tomorrow's ballot that would provide $300 million annually over 10 years for cancer research. Proposition 15 has broad bipartisan support, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), former president George H. W. Bush and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Read more

Blurred Vision: Justice Department Lets Religious Group Discriminate With Public Funds

In a bold move that clearly circumvents the will of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is allowing religious groups to discriminate in hiring on religious grounds in publicly funded programs.

According to an op-ed in The Hill newspaper, DOJ has agreed to let World Vision, an evangelical relief agency, hire and fire based on religion while spending $1.5 million in federal anti-gang funds. Read more

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