“Personhood” bills are like a game of Whac-A-Mole: every time you smack one down, another pops up somewhere else.
It’s still hard for me to believe that in light of the sluggish economic recovery, ongoing worries over jobs and mounting home foreclosures that most Americans are interested in a protracted discussion over access to contraceptives.
Yet here we are. The issue simply will not go away, chiefly because some misguided clergy won’t let it die.
A bill that would allow Florida students to deliver “inspirational messages” is just one step from becoming law. Can lawsuits be far behind?
The Supreme Court has been pretty consistent in saying that public schools may not sponsor prayer, Bible reading and other religious activities.
There is, however, a legal loophole. In a 1952 decision called Zorach v. Clauson, the high court permitted a scheme whereby public schools can allow students to leave school during the day for religious instruction elsewhere. It’s known as “released time.”
Katherine Stewart, author of “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children”, is the featured speaker at a number of AU chapter events in Southern California.
If Georgia lawmakers get their way, a copy of the Ten Commandments could be displayed in every single government building in the state. And that includes public schools!
The Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill 161-0 on Tuesday that would allow numerous documents that legislators consider “foundational” to the U.S. legal system to be displayed in all sorts of places. The featured items would include the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the Ten Commandments.
Government officials can and do sponsor and promote various public events. Job fairs, educational seminars and town hall meetings are just a few examples. When these events occur, government officials often go out of their way to make sure people know about them and urge them to attend.
Can they do the same with a prayer breakfast?
Do non-Christian students face discrimination in some public schools? That certainly seems to be the case.
In a column published in the Knoxville News Sentinel yesterday, student Krystal Myers said Christianity is routinely favored at her Lenoir City (Tenn.) High School.
Officials in Carroll County, Md., have managed to make something as seemingly innocent as a seminar on the Maryland Constitution into a serious church-state separation issue.
County employees were asked to attend a class today on the state constitution taught by an ultra-conservative Christian minister, David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution.