The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The Mustang, Okla., school district announced two months ago that the Bible curriculum designed by Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green and his merry band of conservative evangelical scholars would not appear in its classrooms. Read more
As federal courts tell more and more states that they must allow same-sex marriage, it seems one of the few remaining holdouts is bracing for the inevitable. Texas, which hates to be messed with and loves to hate “non-traditional” marriage, has come up with a bill that would punish state clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Read more
Officials in the town of Winfield, Ala., passed an interesting resolution last month: They declared that God owns their community.
“Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control,” reads a resolution that passed the city council unanimously. Read more
Some fundamentalist Christians are clueless when it comes to free speech. They seem to think they have the right to say whatever they want without any sort of consequences. But as Atlanta’s fire chief recently learned, public officials can’t spread anti-gay propaganda in the workplace and keep their job. Read more
Three gunmen broke into the headquarters of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo yesterday and murdered 12. The attack is almost certainly revenge for the paper’s decision to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed and Muslims; its offices had previously been firebombed, and the gunmen identified themselves as members of Al Qaeda.
One-time Pat Robertson golden child Robert F. McDonnell’s fall from grace reached its conclusion yesterday as the former Virginia governor was sentenced to two years in federal prison for what has been described as “lending the prestige of the governor’s office” to a local businessman in exchange for money, trips and fancy toys. Read more
Two memorable speeches were delivered in the early 1980s on separation of church and state. The first was by U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and was given – at all places – before an audience at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Read more
Two weeks from today, the nation will celebrate Religious Freedom Day.
Don’t feel bad if you were not aware of that. Most people aren’t. Religious Freedom Day, which is celebrated every Jan. 16, tends to be somewhat obscure. My desk calendar, which includes Groundhog Day, Armed Forces Day and Benito Juarez’s Birthday, does not list Religious Freedom Day. Read more