An Oklahoma man believes God wants him to erect a Ten Commandments monument on the steps of the Pittsburg County Courthouse. Fortunately, the county commissioners are a little wary of the proposal.
An Oklahoma couple who worship a devil from an ancient, non-Christian religion filed a lawsuit in August against their children’s public school district, alleging that multiple district employees have harassed their family because of their “alternative non-Christian-based religion.”
Americans United is awaiting action from East Central University in Ada, Okla., after requesting the removal of a Christian cross, Bibles and an altar from the publicly funded university’s Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel.
AU’s Legal Department, acting in response to a local complaint, notified university officials on June 20 that the permanent religious iconography on display at the chapel violates the U.S. Constitution because it shows government endorsement of a particular religion.
Oklahoma legislators are considering a bill that would undermine sound science education in the state’s public schools.
SB 393 passed the state Senate and was facing a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives as this issue went to press. It would encourage public school teachers to teach “scientific controversies.”
Critics of the bill, including Americans United, argued that “scientific controversy” is code for undermining evolution with religious concepts like intelligent design and creationism.
Oklahoma legislators are considering a bill that would undermine sound science education in public schools.
Americans United is speaking out against a bill in Oklahoma that would bring formal prayer back into public schools.
The bill, SB 450, is euphemistically called the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act.” The measure would prohibit school districts from restricting what it calls a student’s “voluntary religious expression in the classroom.”
Within 15 minutes it was done: The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass three extreme bills yesterday – with no debate. The first bill would allow prayer in public schools (SB 450), the second would make the state’s law requiring parental consent for a minor to receive abortion care even more severe (SB 753) and the third would gut the state’s civil rights laws by allowing a range of individuals and businesses to discriminate as long as it’s based on a sincerely held religious belief (SB 197). It was as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Most state legislative sessions are just starting up, yet we have already seen legislators introduce 13 bills in nine states that would prohibit the “application of foreign laws” in state courts. Now, on the surface, that might not sound like a church-state issue, but that’s by design. The troubling fact is that these bills are driven by anti-Muslim animus and the spurious fear that Sharia law is infiltrating our legal system.
People went to the polls yesterday to vote on more than just who would be the next president of the United States. Voters in two states and one city voted on ballot initiatives that would have impacted religious freedom.