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Victory In Utah: House Rejects Backdoor Creationism Bill

Advocates of "intelligent design" creationism suffered another setback recently when the Utah Senate rejected a bill that would have weakened the teaching of evolution in the state.

The so-called "Origins of Life" bill would have required Utah science teachers to read a disclaimer to their students asserting that not all scientists agree with evolution. Such disclaimers are a common tactic of intelligent-design (ID) advocates, who seek to instill doubts about the validity of evolution.

Donation Diversion: Maryland Churches Pass The Plate For Politicians

When you drop a donation into the collection plate at your chosen house of worship, is the money spent for religious purposes or does it wind up in the campaign coffers of some politician?

The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday that more than a 100 Maryland churches have contributed money to political candidates. According to The Sun's study, thousands of church dollars have wound up supporting politicians.

Emergency In Georgia: Bill Threatens Church-State Separation

The Georgia House of Representatives is considering a bill that gravely threatens separation of church and state. HR 1345 would amend Article I, Section II of Georgia's Constitution, which governs religious freedom. This constitutional provision has protected the separation of church and state for 229 years. The safeguards that have helped religion flourish in Georgia since 1777 must not be abandoned.

Checkered History: Tony Perkins In Black And White

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins had some laudatory things to say about Coretta Scott King's recent death.

In his Jan. 31 "Washington Update," Perkins saluted the "brave" stands taken by Martin Luther King Jr. and noted that Mrs. King "courageously supported her husband's pioneering work for civil rights in America."

Perkins went on to write, "Although we came to differ with her on the critical issue of marriage, we nonetheless pay tribute to her great achievements."

Christmas Calumny: School District Challenges Liberty Counsel's Bogus 'Christmas War'

Fox News Network has moved beyond its nightly carping about a so-called "war on Christmas," and the holiday season is fast fading into memory. But one skirmish remains from the recent Christmas conflict.

A Wisconsin public school district is boldly fighting back against a Jerry Falwell-affiliated Religious Right group that spread lies about the school's holiday policies and programs.

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

Today, Jan. 17, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. Although Franklin was never known for taking up the cause of separation of church and state as strongly as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he did produce at least one great passage that rings down through the ages. It is especially relevant in this day of "faith-based" initiatives.

Writing to his friend Richard Price on Oct. 9, 1780, Franklin expressed his dismay with government-imposed religion.

Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Monday marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.