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Bad Prescription: The Religious Right’s Favorite Doctor Misdiagnoses The State Of Religious Freedom In America

Is church-state separation holding American back? Dr. Ben Carson seems to think so.

You may not be familiar with Carson, but you should have him on your radar. He’s a retired neurosurgeon with an impressive resume including an undergraduate degree from Yale and a past teaching position at Johns Hopkins University.       Read more

COS Play: Religious Right Groups Launch Effort To Rewrite The Constitution

An obscure concept called the Convention of the States (COS) is gaining momentum in the Bible belt—and it’s backed by the Religious Right. It’s the brainchild of Michael Farris, founder and president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Far from being a noble attempt to safeguard our freedom, it’s an attempt by Farris and his cronies to rewrite the U.S. Read more

Straying Flock: Survey Finds Most Catholics Worldwide Don’t Oppose Birth Control

As the Catholic hierarchy and its Religious Right allies fight on against the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control mandate, it seems increasingly clear that they are engaging in a war their flock doesn’t support. Read more

Hoosier Heartache: Vouchers Threaten Public Education In Indiana

I spent the weekend in Indianapolis, where I took part in “Civic Day,” an annual event co-sponsored by Americans United’s Indiana Chapter and the Center for Inquiry-Indiana.

One of the topics discussed was vouchers. I gave an overview of the sectarian and secular groups that promote taxpayer aid for religious education and discussed what motivates them. Read more

‘The Multiplicity Of Sects’: New Report Shows U.S. Religious Pluralism Expanding – Just As The Founders Wanted

A new report by Baylor University researchers shows that Americans are more religiously diverse than ever. Although the United States is still a deeply religious country, 20 percent do not have an affiliation with any specific faith tradition. (That number was 3 percent in the 1960s.)
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Not Vexed By Vouchers: President Obama Doesn’t Buy ‘School Choice’ Propaganda

A lot of people are fooled by pro-voucher propaganda, but we’re pleased to note that President Barack Obama isn’t among them.

In a recent sit-down interview with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, Obama didn’t fall for any of O’Reilly’s assertions about “school choice.” Read more

The Great Debate: Ham And Nye Square Off Over Evolution

Last night’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the subject of creationism provided no real surprises to anyone on either side of the issue.  But the event, which drew an incredible audience of roughly 500,000 online viewers in addition to a sold-out live audience, didn’t just hold interest for scientists. Read more

Textbook Case: Texas Education Board Seeks To De-Politicize Book Review Process – Maybe

It looks like Texas may be trying to put an end to its annual showdown over whether to add creationism to public school science textbooks.

A new procedural change does something fairly radical: It gives priority to qualified teachers on the external review panels that assist the book selection process. Read more

The ‘Conscience’ Charade: S.D. Lawmakers Reject Unnecessary Church Protection Bill

An outbreak of common sense has struck parts of the South Dakota legislature.

Last week, the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to reject a completely unnecessary bill that would have made it clear that clergy can’t be forced to perform wedding ceremonies that violate their right of conscience. Read more

Choice Challenge: ‘National School Choice Week’ Is Ending, But the Fight Against Vouchers Isn’t Over

“National School Choice Week” may be winding down, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that your tax dollars aren’t used to fund religious schools through voucher schemes.

You’ve heard a lot from Americans United this week about the truth behind “school choice.” So by now you may be aware that this whole “School Choice Week” publicity stunt is really about vouchers, and vouchers aren’t really about improving educational choices for anyone. Read more

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