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‘Jesus Pizza’: Lawsuit Claims That A Colo. Public High School Promotes A Local Church To Students

A Colorado public high school is being operated like a private Christian institution, according to a new lawsuit by a former teacher. Robert Basevitz, a special education teacher, has filed suit against the Fremont RE-2 School District, its superintendent and the principal of Florence High School. Read more

Score One For Science: Astronaut (And Presbyterian) John Glenn Says Evolution Should Be Taught In Schools

John Glenn is a pretty cool guy, to say the least. The former U.S. senator and astronaut flew more than 120 combat missions combined in both World War II and the Korean War, but he is best known as the first American to orbit the earth – a feat he accomplished in 1962.

Glenn, now 93, recently granted an interview to the Associated Press, during which he made it clear that he is a religious man who supports evolution. Read more

Values Void: Victims Sadly Overlooked In Duggar Abuse Saga

For the past few years, I have been receiving emails from Josh Duggar.

Don’t get the wrong idea. We’re not friends or anything like that. I signed up to receive “action alerts” from the Family Research Council. The FRC was, until recently, Duggar’s employer, and many of the emails it sent came in Duggar’s name. The organization was clearly trying to exploit his reality TV star power. Read more

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

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