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Rosa Repents: Air Force Academy Official Admits Bias Problems

Last month, Americans United expressed concern about religious bias and a heavy evangelical Christian atmosphere at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

At the time, officials at Focus on the Family and other conservative organizations and publications dismissed AU's concerns and even accused the organization of launching a witch hunt against conservative Christians. But now vindication has come from a source who ought to know: the Academy's superintendent, Lt. Gen. John Rosa, has admitted the problem is real.

AU's Rob Boston On 'This American Life'

Listen this weekend for Rob Boston's insightful discussion with "This American Life" host Ira Glass. The one-hour PRI program, titled "Godless America" will explore the parameters of church-state relations at a time when House Majority Leader Tom Delay says he governs with a "Biblical worldview."

Amazing Outcome: Smithsonian Support Of 'Intelligent Design' Disappears

The Smithsonian Institution has dropped its plan to cosponsor the showing of a film promoting "intelligent design."

In a statement issued yesterday, Smithsonian officials dropped plans to cosponsor the "The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe," which is based on a book promoting intelligent design by Iowa State University astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez.

Sentenced To Church?: Kentucky Judge Pressures Drug Offenders To Repent

A Kentucky judge is boosting local church attendance by offering drug offenders a sentence of worship services instead of confinement or rehab.

The Associated Press has reported that Laurel County District Judge Michael Caperton has provided, on about 50 different occasions, to drug and alcohol offenders the option of going to church instead of spending time behind bars or in a rehab center.

Bad Design: Anti-Evolution Shenanigans At The Smithsonian Spark Alarm

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has long been acknowledged as a defender of good science education in America.

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, a popular tourist attraction, presents the story of life on earth in a compelling yet accessible fashion.

Thus it was a shock to read that Smithsonian officials have joined forces with a neo-creationist group, the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, to sponsor the airing of a film critical of Darwinian evolution.

Course Correction: Air Force Orders Officers To Respect Religious Diversity

Americans United's report on religious bias and promotion of fundamentalist Christianity at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs continues to reverberate through the military.

In the most recent developments, Air Force officials have issued a statement reminding officers that they must respect the religious beliefs of others and cautioning against using official channels for the advancement of religion.

Discriminatory Decree: Indiana Judge Excommunicates 'Non-Mainstream' Religions

A judge in Indiana apparently believes the First Amendment's religious liberty clauses only protect majority faiths.

Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford has drawn press attention for refusing to lift an order from a divorce decree barring Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife Tammie U. Bristol from exposing their 9-year-old son to "non-mainstream" religious beliefs and rituals. Bradford's obstinance has prompted the Indiana Civil Liberties Union to ask the Indiana Court of Appeals to nullify Bradford's action.

Senator Santorum: Candidly Contemptuous of Church-State Separation

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has big plans for the wall of separation between church and state - mainly, to demolish it.

In a recent New York Times Magazine profile, Santorum was frank in outlining his wall-bashing scheme for writer Michael Sokolove. As one of the Senate's leading proponents of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, Santorum plays a key role in the effort to win Congressional approval for bills that would funnel tax dollars to religious groups that offer social services.