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Idaho Victory!: Federal Appeals Court Rejects Bible-Based Charter School Lawsuit

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) lost another battle this week in its ongoing crusade to bring religion into public schools.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Idaho Public Charter School Commission acted constitutionally when it ordered the Nampa Classical Academy not to base its curriculum on the Bible or any other religious texts.

In August 2009, the Commission told Academy officials that using religious literature as primary teaching materials violates the state constitution and would not be permitted. Read more

My Way Or The Highway: In Campbell County, Va., It’s Pray To Jesus Or Get Out

The Campbell County Board of Supervisors holds sessions on the first Tuesday of each month in the basement of the Haberer Building in Rustburg, Va., and according to the board’s website, all meetings are open to the public.

But don’t expect to feel welcome there if you happen to hold the wrong views about religion. Read more

Good News!: Most Americans Reject Religious Right’s View Of Constitution

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.” Read more

Degree In Discrimination?: Proposed Michigan Law Condones Bias In University Counseling Programs

Legislators in Michigan are proposing a bill that opens the door to religiously grounded discrimination in counseling services. Read more

Miserable Model: ADF’s Sears Wants U.S. To Be More Like Europe

I love reading history (although unlike “Christian nation” propagandist David Barton, I don’t believe this habit qualifies me as a historian). Recently I’ve been enjoying Phillip Jenkins’ Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years. Read more

Forsyth Saga: N.C. Challenge To Government Prayer Reaches Appeals Court

A courtroom in Richmond, Va., will be the site of a church-state showdown on Thursday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in an important case dealing with official prayer before government bodies. Americans United will be there. Read more

Cross Purpose: Religious Right Lawyers Secularize Christian Symbol To Get Utah Case Before Supreme Court

For Christians, it’s Holy Week, and you don’t have to look too far to find crosses on display at churches and other venues. As pretty much everyone knows, that symbol represents the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and is generally regarded as the central representation of the Christian faith.

But if you ask the lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you might get a different take. Read more

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