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Public school officials such as teachers, principals and others may not sponsor prayer, devotional Bible reading or other religious activities. They may not compel or pressure young people to take part in religious activities. The Supreme Court ruled correctly when it struck down mandatory school prayer in 1962 and ’63. However, this does not mean there can be no religion in schools. Public school students have the right to pray voluntarily in a non-disruptive fashion during the school day and read religious texts during free time. A short rule of thumb: Individual, voluntary religious activity by students is permitted; school-sponsored religious worship is not.

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Iraq's 'Religious Right' Turns Out The Vote

In the 2004 elections, Religious Right leaders here in America campaigned feverishly for candidates and causes that reflected their religious agenda. Now it seems that their example is being followed in Iraq.

Just as James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and their ilk tried to encourage churches to get involved in partisan politicking, Islamic Shiite leaders in Iraq are not only endorsing candidates, they are helping to choose a slate to promote in their mosques.

When In Rome: How Cooperation Between Religion And Government In Italy Is Slowly Strangling Faith

Italy has a long Catholic tradition, and today the vast majority of Italians retain at least a nominal allegiance to the church.

But a funny thing has happened along the way: Despite centuries of cooperation between church and state, relatively few Italians today bother to follow church teachings, and the nation has many secular overtones. Although more than 95 percent of Italians say they are Catholic, only about 30 percent attend weekly services (as Catholicism requires), a figure that has plummeted since the 1950s.

Is There Something Fishy About "Shark Tale"?

Religious Right activists leave no stone unturned in their hunt for hidden homosexual messages in pop culture. Ever since Jerry Falwell outed the purple Teletubby, lesser Religious Right minions have been eager to uncover the next nefarious plot out of Hollywood to corrupt America's children.

Thankfully, the American Family Association is on the case. Recently the Tupelo, Miss.-based group headed by the Rev. Donald Wildmon issued an alert warning parents about Dreamworks Studios' release "Shark Tale."

FRC To Jefferson: Tear Down This Wall

Was Thomas Jefferson a card-carrying communist? Tony Perkins seems to think so.

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, recycled an old line from the early days of the Religious Right. Praising President Ronald Reagan as the "architect" of the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, Perkins advised his supporters that there is an effort to build a similar wall here in the United States: "a wall between church and state."

A Disclaimer For Science

The latest fight over science in America's classrooms is taking place in Cobb County, Ga. Teachers in this Religious Right stronghold used to simply tear out pages in biology textbooks that referred to natural selection, but now they are employing an approach that might be called more evolved.

By order of the school board, the inside cover of each biology textbook is emblazoned with a sticker that says, among other things, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact."

Eve of Destruction? Dobson Unveils Gay Plot To End The World

Over the years, Religious Right activists have blamed gay people for everything from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of Nazi Germany. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, took this line of thinking to its logical conclusion recently when he asserted that gays will usher in the end of the world.

Speaking at a political rally in Oklahoma Oct. 22, Dobson blasted gays as sexually promiscuous radicals bent on crushing traditional marriage.

'Roy's Rock' Hits Bottom

After months of traveling around the country on the back of a flat-bed truck, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments monument finally reached its ultimate destination today: a rally on the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C.

The event, which reportedly cost more than $1 million to stage, was organized by Bishop John Gimenez, a longtime associate of Pat Robertson, and a group calling itself American Veterans for Domestic Defense.

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

Iraq's 'Religious Right' Turns Out The Vote

In the 2004 elections, Religious Right leaders here in America campaigned feverishly for candidates and causes that reflected their religious agenda. Now it seems that their example is being followed in Iraq.

Just as James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and their ilk tried to encourage churches to get involved in partisan politicking, Islamic Shiite leaders in Iraq are not only endorsing candidates, they are helping to choose a slate to promote in their mosques.

When In Rome: How Cooperation Between Religion And Government In Italy Is Slowly Strangling Faith

Italy has a long Catholic tradition, and today the vast majority of Italians retain at least a nominal allegiance to the church.

But a funny thing has happened along the way: Despite centuries of cooperation between church and state, relatively few Italians today bother to follow church teachings, and the nation has many secular overtones. Although more than 95 percent of Italians say they are Catholic, only about 30 percent attend weekly services (as Catholicism requires), a figure that has plummeted since the 1950s.

Is There Something Fishy About "Shark Tale"?

Religious Right activists leave no stone unturned in their hunt for hidden homosexual messages in pop culture. Ever since Jerry Falwell outed the purple Teletubby, lesser Religious Right minions have been eager to uncover the next nefarious plot out of Hollywood to corrupt America's children.

Thankfully, the American Family Association is on the case. Recently the Tupelo, Miss.-based group headed by the Rev. Donald Wildmon issued an alert warning parents about Dreamworks Studios' release "Shark Tale."

FRC To Jefferson: Tear Down This Wall

Was Thomas Jefferson a card-carrying communist? Tony Perkins seems to think so.

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, recycled an old line from the early days of the Religious Right. Praising President Ronald Reagan as the "architect" of the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, Perkins advised his supporters that there is an effort to build a similar wall here in the United States: "a wall between church and state."

A Disclaimer For Science

The latest fight over science in America's classrooms is taking place in Cobb County, Ga. Teachers in this Religious Right stronghold used to simply tear out pages in biology textbooks that referred to natural selection, but now they are employing an approach that might be called more evolved.

By order of the school board, the inside cover of each biology textbook is emblazoned with a sticker that says, among other things, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact."

Eve of Destruction? Dobson Unveils Gay Plot To End The World

Over the years, Religious Right activists have blamed gay people for everything from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of Nazi Germany. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, took this line of thinking to its logical conclusion recently when he asserted that gays will usher in the end of the world.

Speaking at a political rally in Oklahoma Oct. 22, Dobson blasted gays as sexually promiscuous radicals bent on crushing traditional marriage.

'Roy's Rock' Hits Bottom

After months of traveling around the country on the back of a flat-bed truck, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments monument finally reached its ultimate destination today: a rally on the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C.

The event, which reportedly cost more than $1 million to stage, was organized by Bishop John Gimenez, a longtime associate of Pat Robertson, and a group calling itself American Veterans for Domestic Defense.

Pages

Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

Iraq's 'Religious Right' Turns Out The Vote

In the 2004 elections, Religious Right leaders here in America campaigned feverishly for candidates and causes that reflected their religious agenda. Now it seems that their example is being followed in Iraq.

Just as James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and their ilk tried to encourage churches to get involved in partisan politicking, Islamic Shiite leaders in Iraq are not only endorsing candidates, they are helping to choose a slate to promote in their mosques.

When In Rome: How Cooperation Between Religion And Government In Italy Is Slowly Strangling Faith

Italy has a long Catholic tradition, and today the vast majority of Italians retain at least a nominal allegiance to the church.

But a funny thing has happened along the way: Despite centuries of cooperation between church and state, relatively few Italians today bother to follow church teachings, and the nation has many secular overtones. Although more than 95 percent of Italians say they are Catholic, only about 30 percent attend weekly services (as Catholicism requires), a figure that has plummeted since the 1950s.

Is There Something Fishy About "Shark Tale"?

Religious Right activists leave no stone unturned in their hunt for hidden homosexual messages in pop culture. Ever since Jerry Falwell outed the purple Teletubby, lesser Religious Right minions have been eager to uncover the next nefarious plot out of Hollywood to corrupt America's children.

Thankfully, the American Family Association is on the case. Recently the Tupelo, Miss.-based group headed by the Rev. Donald Wildmon issued an alert warning parents about Dreamworks Studios' release "Shark Tale."

FRC To Jefferson: Tear Down This Wall

Was Thomas Jefferson a card-carrying communist? Tony Perkins seems to think so.

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, recycled an old line from the early days of the Religious Right. Praising President Ronald Reagan as the "architect" of the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, Perkins advised his supporters that there is an effort to build a similar wall here in the United States: "a wall between church and state."

A Disclaimer For Science

The latest fight over science in America's classrooms is taking place in Cobb County, Ga. Teachers in this Religious Right stronghold used to simply tear out pages in biology textbooks that referred to natural selection, but now they are employing an approach that might be called more evolved.

By order of the school board, the inside cover of each biology textbook is emblazoned with a sticker that says, among other things, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact."

Eve of Destruction? Dobson Unveils Gay Plot To End The World

Over the years, Religious Right activists have blamed gay people for everything from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of Nazi Germany. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, took this line of thinking to its logical conclusion recently when he asserted that gays will usher in the end of the world.

Speaking at a political rally in Oklahoma Oct. 22, Dobson blasted gays as sexually promiscuous radicals bent on crushing traditional marriage.

'Roy's Rock' Hits Bottom

After months of traveling around the country on the back of a flat-bed truck, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments monument finally reached its ultimate destination today: a rally on the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C.

The event, which reportedly cost more than $1 million to stage, was organized by Bishop John Gimenez, a longtime associate of Pat Robertson, and a group calling itself American Veterans for Domestic Defense.

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October 2017 Church & State

Penalty Flag

A Wash. Public School Football Coach Has No Right To Pray With Students, A Federal Appeals Court Says

March 2017 Church & State

States Of Emergency

Legislation That Threatens Church-State Separation Is Pending In Half The Country

November 2016 Church & State

Offside And Out Of Bounds

The Supreme Court Struck Down Coercive Forms Of Public School Prayer 54 Years Ago, But Some Coaches Are Playing By Their Own Rules