This Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Education Committee will be holding a day-long hearing on the proposed statewide private school voucher program. This hearing is part of the Committee’s summer hearing series, which will take the Committee across the state. Usually, such events are held at the state capitol, in Harrisburg, but this hearing will be held in Philadelphia, PA. We encourage those of you in the Philly area to take advantage of the rare opportunity to address the Committee in your city.
We have a victory in Texas! On Friday, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve sound-science materials for public school biology courses.
By a 14-0 vote, the board chose to approve supplemental materials from mainstream publishers, not creationism-based recommendations from Religious Right-backed vendors.
Religious Right activists love to spread tales of outrage about alleged attempts by government officials to censor religion. These stories are great for fund-raising and stirring up the faithful, but over the years I’ve learned to be skeptical of them.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in the national news a lot lately – as I’m sure many of you have noticed.
Besides talk of his possible presidential run, the media has been very interested in the governor’s initiation and endorsement of “The Response,” a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally to be held in Houston Aug. 6.
The North Shore (IL) Chapter presents Louis Altman, speaking on "Humanistic Judaism: A Contradiction in Terms?"
The event takes place Thursday, July 21, from 7-9 PM, at the Northbrook Public Library, Pollack Room, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.
Yesterday I traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to speak at the Rutherford Institute. The Institute, founded by attorney John W. Whitehead in the 1980s as a conservative Christian legal group, has changed a lot over the years. These days, John is critical of the Religious Right, and he has expanded the work of the Institute, taking on cases dealing with “zero tolerance” policies in public schools and government surveillance of citizens.
The Texas State Board of Education is heading back into the news this week.
The right-wing Alliance Defense Fund sent out a fundraising email this week that sounded a familiar Religious Right theme.
“You’ve likely heard the phrase: ‘the separation of church and state,’” it said. “But did you know it’s NOT in the U.S. Constitution? The phrase has been misused by opponents of the Gospel IN OUR OWN COURTS to erode your freedom. It’s a distortion of what the First Amendment intended.”
I sometimes wonder what it must be like to live in the Religious Right’s world. It’s a place where if you don’t like reality, you just make up something else. If you’re annoyed by the fact that the Earth is five billion years old, you can insist that it’s only 6,000 and that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. If you don’t like the fact that the U.S. Constitution creates a secular government, you can assert that it’s really Christian.
What color is the sky in their world? Perhaps it’s a really cool royal purple!