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Mo. City Rejects ‘In God We Trust’ Display

Officials in Ballwin, Mo., have voted 6-2 not to accept a donation to display the motto “In God We Trust” in its board room.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Holy Infant Parish and Knights of Columbus offered to donate $750 to pay for the sign, with supporters arguing that the motto merely represents patriotism, and not religious fervor. A spokesman for the Knights of Columbus noted that the motto was adopted in the 1950s and is historical, rather than religious. Read more

Parade Of Religious Right Extremists: Va. Town’s Religious Freedom Celebration Dishonors Vision Of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wanted only three of his many accomplishments noted on his grave’s headstone, and one of them was his authorship of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Read more

Persecution Complex: Catholic Hierarchy, Religious Right Continue Heated Attack On Birth Control Mandate

A claim that someone is being persecuted by a government is not something to be taken lightly, but that accusation rings hollow when it comes to the Roman Catholic hierarchy and Religious Right’s fight for exemption from the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. Read more

Monumental Mistake: A Statue Of Jesus In A National Forest Violates Church-State Separation

In a postcard-worthy spot on Big Mountain in Montana stands a statue of Jesus Christ. The statue is in close proximity to Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont., and it has been something of a curiosity to skiers over the years.

The statue was put there more than 50 years ago by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, to honor World War II veterans. Read more