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Christmas Clash: Religious Right Exploits Battles Over Symbols And Songs

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means. Yes, the malls will be crowded, but this time of year also means an escalation in the battles over how public schools and government deal with Christmas.

Some disputes have already erupted. In Chambersburg, Pa., the borough council voted unanimously to ban most displays from a public square rather than accommodate an atheist who wanted access to the space. Read more

Creche Clash: Religious Right Launches Another Bogus Persecution Claim

Yesterday was the 350th anniversary of the hanging of two Quakers by the Puritan establishment in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson had come from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution. But on Oct. 27, 1659, they became the first Quakers in America to be executed because of their religious beliefs.

These men paid with their lives for merely wanting to practice their own faith. Now that is religious intolerance and persecution to the extreme. Read more

Subverting Symbols: Why Baby Jesus Belongs In Church, Not City Hall

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis of Brick Township, N.J., says we've "gone overboard" with the separation of church and state. He's going ahead with a plan to put a Nativity scene outside the town hall, no matter what the American Civil Liberties Union thinks. Read more