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Christmas Stories: All Too Often, Religious Right Tales Of Holiday Horror Don’t Add Up

Earlier this week, published a column by Religious Right attorney Kelly Shackelford accusing Americans United and other groups of ignoring the allegedly overwhelming evidence that there is a “war on Christmas.”

In his column, Shackelford mentioned several incidents that he insists are proof of this war. Let’s take a closer look at them, shall we?

Friday Night Liturgy: Many High School Football Coaches Push Prayer On Players

It’s no secret that faith is a big part of football in certain regions of the United States, but a Tennessee newspaper has just shed some light on the extent to which prayer is intertwined with many public school football programs.

In a poll conducted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, all 32 coaches at public schools in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia who responded to the survey identify as Christian and said they support team prayer in some form.

Safety Check: Woman Praying On N.H. School Steps Without Permission Could Have Put Students At Risk

Imagine if a stranger showed up at your son or daughter’s school every day and tried to address the students as they entered the door.

Would you be concerned? Most parents I know definitely would be. That’s why most schools simply don’t allow this sort of thing. If you don’t have legitimate business at the school, you have no right to be there.

Skiing With Jesus?: Federal Judge Says Religious Statue Can Remain On Public Land In Montana

When is a statue of Jesus Christ on publicly owned land an example of non-religious, private speech? When a federal judge says so.

This week, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen bizarrely said a statue of Jesus that sits atop federal land on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Mont., can remain there because the statue does not necessarily convey religious meaning.   

Commandments Kerfuffle: Brave Oklahoma Student Fights For Equality At Public School

Many people today are content to criticize anonymously, happily hiding behind the veil that the Internet offers. That’s why it’s so remarkable that one Oklahoma  student chose to reveal his identity after complaining about Ten Commandments displays in his public high school.

Every single classroom in the Muldrow, Okla., school district has a Commandments plaque on the wall. That didn’t sit well with Gage Pulliam, so he decided to do something about it.

Michigan City Wins Legal Fight Over Nativity Display

The City of Warren, Mich., has won the right to exclude an anti-religion sign from a holiday display in the center of town.

In February, a federal appeals court said city officials did not violate the Constitution when they allowed a display of reindeer, snowmen and a Nativity scene on public property, while refusing to include a sign bearing an anti-religious message.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s ‘Bible Man’: Alabama School Board Makes Super-Bad Decision

“Bible Man” isn’t a super hero, but it seems he has the power to control the minds of the Jackson County (Ala.) School Board.

Bible Man, also known as Horace Turner, Jr., leads monthly assemblies in public schools in which he tells biblical stories to elementary children. The original Bible Man, Horace Turner Sr., started this program at least 35 years ago.