Subscribe to RSS - New Hampshire

N.H. Town Plans To Restore Decalogue Monument To Park

A Ten Commandments monument in Somersworth, N.H., was restored to city property in November after being toppled by vandals.

The city hired a firm that specializes in stonework to replace the monument.

“They did an excellent job and were able to install the base and make a solid connection,” Public Works Director Mike Bobinsky told the Foster’s Democrat newspaper. Bobinsky said a special crane was used and reinforcement was added to the base. A curb was also put around the monument.

Two Cities, Two Ten Commandments Monuments Controversies

There’s often a lot of controversy when government bodies display the Ten Commandments. This has been the case in two cities recently.

We’ll start with the good news. In Bloomfield, N.M., the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is  unconstitutional to display a Ten Commandments monument on the Bloomfield’s City Hall lawn since it violates the First Amendment’s ban on “establishment” of religion.

Voting For Jesus?: Candidates Seek To Outdo One Another With Religiosity

The Iowa caucuses are today, and, despite what you may have heard, Jesus Christ is not appearing on the ballot.

Several of his close friends are, though. As voting approaches, Republican candidates have been working hard to win endorsements from prominent conservative evangelicals by explaining just how much they plan to mix up religion and government if elected.

Here’s a round-up of recent activities of note:

New Hampshire Supreme Court Sidesteps Challenge To Tax-Credit Aid To Religious Schools

Civil Liberties Organizations Criticize Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against ‘Neo-Voucher’ Program On Technical Grounds

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union criticized today’s decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court dismissing a challenge to a tuition tax-credit program on technical grounds.

The state high court dismissed the case, holding that the plaintiffs lack “standing” – the right to sue –despite the fact that the Attorney General’s Office had agreed that one of the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the tax-credit program.

‘You’re Fired!’: At Religious Schools, Employee Rights Are Severely Limited

Let’s say you work as a teacher in a Catholic school in Cincinnati and your old friend, who is gay, invites you to New York to attend his same-sex wedding. You attend and snap some photos of this happy event, which you post on Facebook.

The school can fire you for that.

Let’s say you have another friend who, along with her husband, has struggled to conceive. The couple uses in vitro fertilization and gets good news: They’re going to have a baby. You use Twitter to send a message of congratulations to your friend.

The school can fire you for that.

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.

Tax Trouble: What’s Wrong With The N.H. Voucher Bill

Yet another state has fallen under the sway of the voucher movement.

New Hampshire legislators have passed a backdoor plan that is catching on in some states. Under the scheme, businesses would be allowed to donate money to organizations that dole out vouchers and then get 85 percent of that money back in the form of a tax credit.

Pages