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E-Proselytizing At Public School?: MySpace Missionaries Spark Complaints In Washington State

It's the age of MySpace and Facebook, text messages and e-mail, and for some fundamentalist evangelists, maybe even e-proselytizing.

According to reports from two Washington state newspapers, a local middle school student recently received this MySpace message from a 19-year-old church youth leader:

"Hey, 628 tonight! 6 o clock, free espresso for visitors. Super rad games and activities. Hang out with cool people. Plus you are really cool so it would just make it that much cooler. Are you going to be there? If you need a ride, I can hook it up:)" Read more

No Thanks, New Orleans: Scientists Take Conventions Outside Anti-Evolution Louisiana

"No thanks, New Orleans."

The Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) coined this phrase on its Web site this week, and it could quickly become the new catch phrase for scientists, educators and civil liberties groups across the country.

On Monday, SICB sent a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal telling him that the organization will be taking its 2011 annual conference to Salt Lake City. Read more

It's Academic (Fraud): Anti-Evolution Forces Seek To Usurp Darwin Day

This Thursday is "Darwin Day," an occasion when scientists all over the world will celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin.

Though Darwin's theory of evolution certainly has a critically important place in the science community, it is also responsible for a decades-old crusade by Religious Right activists—who continue to push their fundamentalist agenda in the public school science classroom, try to discredit Darwin's theory and erode the separation of church and state. Read more

Charter For Controversy: Religion, State And The Constitution At School

In the final days of his administration, former President George W. Bush issued a report on why our country needs more charter schools. The document even suggested ways that schools might circumvent the constitutional ban of school-sponsored religion.

That's a recipe for controversy, of course. And Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a charter school in Minnesota, is the latest example of how such a dispute can erupt. Read more

Scandal In School: Virginia Library Staffer Challenges Religious Harassment

Today, Scripps Howard columnist Bonnie Erbe reminded us again of why church-state separation must be respected in our public schools.

Usually, when we think of religion in public schools, we think of the students and how they should be free from indoctrination. But Erbe's column shows us that it is not just the students. Teachers, administers and other school staff are also protected by the Constitution. Read more

Oklahoma Encore: Right-Wing Reps Push Religion-In-Schools Bill Again

Just last week I blogged about how allowing religious indoctrination in an Oklahoma public school destroyed a community with hatred and violence back in 1981.

I wrote that since then, many people had learned from our country's mistakes and resolved not to make these same mistakes in the future. Read more

Hell In Little Axe: An Oklahoma Mom's Chilling Battle With Religious Bigotry

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a story that reminds me why I am thankful to work for Americans United and the cause of church-state separation.

Last Sunday, Dr. Bruce Prescott of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists interviewed Joann Bell on his radio show. Read more

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