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Holidaze: As Religious Diversity Increases, School Districts Debate Calendar Additions

As school districts around the country become increasingly diverse, some have begun to debate closing for non-Christian holidays, The Washington Post reports.

For example, minority communities in Montgomery and Howard counties, both in Maryland, have requested that school calendars recognize more major religious and cultural holidays. Read more

Unfriendly Skies: American Airlines Accused Of Discriminating Against Muslim And Sikh Passengers

Religion-based discrimination takes many forms in modern America. Often it looks like a county clerk who won’t give a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Other times, it looks like three Muslims and one Sikh getting booted from a flight because they allegedly made passengers and crew “uneasy.” Read more

Just In From The X Files: Secular Humanism Is (Still) Coming To Get Your Mom!

Back in the 1980s, Religious Right groups frequently spread conspiracy theories about “secular humanism.” Members of this secretive, worldwide cabal, we were told, had seized control of educational institutions, the media and the government in the United States. Read more

Save The Day: Celebrating Real Religious Freedom

Saturday is Religious Freedom Day. While it’s not one of our most well-known or popular holidays, Religious Freedom Day shouldn’t be overlooked. Our country is in the middle of a campaign, spearheaded by far-right religious groups and their political allies, to redefine religious freedom. We cannot allow this to happen. Read more

State Of Disunion: FRC Head Uses Fear To Motivate His Base

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address last night was partly an attempt to calm a nation that is filled with anxiety. His words also offered a stark contrast to those of a Religious Right leader who seems to enjoy fanning the flames of fear. Read more

(Un)Fantastic Five: AU’s Protect Thy Neighbor Project Announces New Tool To Track Faux ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills

As state legislatures gather across the country to start their 2016 legislative sessions, Americans United’s Protect Thy Neighbor (PTN) project is gearing up to monitor and fight legislation that would allow individuals, businesses and government employees to harm others in the name of religion. Read more

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