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Beck’s Dreck: Fox News Host’s Real Target Is Religious Liberty

Now that Glenn Beck’s Lincoln Memorial rally is over, it’s time to step back and ask the all-important question: What the heck was that all about?

Beck portrayed the “Restoring Honor” event as a celebration of civil rights. But the reporting I read about the bombastic Fox News Channel host’s D.C. get together made some of it sound more like a fundamentalist religious revival. Read more

Dubious ‘Destiny’: Glenn Beck & Co. Are Leading Americans Toward Intolerance, Extremism

Glenn Beck escalates his war on church-state separation tonight with a “Divine Destiny” event at the Kennedy Center here in Washington, D.C.

According to Beck’s Web site, the program will feature “an inspiring look at the role faith played in the founding of America and the role it will play again in its destiny. The audience for the event will be overwhelmingly made up of pastors, ministers and clergy: a modern day Black Robe Regimen [sic]. Read more

Gingrich And God: Newt’s Nasty Letter Masks An Even Scarier Agenda

I like to see what Religious Right groups are up to, so I’m on a lot of their e-mail lists. It’s often angry, intolerant and misguided stuff, but the fund-raising letter I got today from Newt Gingrich stands out. Read more

Bobby’s Bad-News BFFs: Jindal’s Religious Right Cronies Write His Prayer Proclamation

We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis. Read more

Messin’ With Texas: Religious Right Faction Faces Blowback Over Social Studies Standards

The right-wing fundamentalist bloc on the Texas State Board of Education is bound and determined to rewrite American history. As reported here recently, member Don McLeroy has proposed amending Social Studies standards to cast doubt on the legitimacy of separation of church and state. Read more

High Noon At The (Not So) OK Corral: Texas Ed. Board Gang Wants To Shoot Down Accurate Social Studies Standards

Texas’ controversial social studies standards face a final vote this week, and it appears that far-right members of the state Board of Education aren’t done trashing them yet. Read more

Wallbuilders’ Narrow Notion: Religious Liberty For Me, But Not For Thee

Recently, Americans United weighed in on a case that challenged discriminatory hiring practices at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

We sided with a Wiccan clergyman, Patrick McCollum, who was a qualified candidate for a paid chaplain position but could not be considered because of his religious beliefs. At the prison, those positions are only available to those who are Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or Native American. Read more

Social Studies Smackdown: Texas Faces Moment Of Truth On Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education will debate and discuss what to do about the future of the state's social studies curriculum, before taking the first of two votes on the issue tomorrow.

The Board's discussion will likely incorporate the advice members heard in testimony yesterday from citizens who signed up to speak, all conveying thoughts on what would be best for the students of Texas. Read more

Lone Star Scrape: Texas Hearings On Social Studies Curriculum May Get Heated

The showdown in Texas over religion in the classroom continues this week.

The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings on the social studies curriculum. And, as we have reported before, what should be a simple discussion based on recommendations from historians has turned into a debate fueled by the Religious Right to push "Christian nation" propaganda.

Leading the way are David Barton and the Rev. Peter Marshall, two well-known Religious Right activists who were selected by the board to sit on the six-member social studies curriculum review panel. Read more

Lone Star History Final: Will The Texas State School Board Get An 'A' In Social Studies?

Generally, when people ask me about my college experience at American University, I am a pretty proud graduate.

I tell some great stories about my favorite professors. I had the opportunity to take a class on juvenile justice taught by a federal judge, a class on gang violence taught by a state prosecutor, a course on modern feminist history taught by a museum curator and a number of classes on public affairs taught by a renowned constitutional scholar (and former National Advisory Council member of Americans United). Read more

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