Remember Emily Litella?
Gilda Radner’s hilarious “Saturday Night Live” character was always launching into screeds based on a simple misunderstanding. When informed of her errors, Miss Litella would look into the camera and sheepishly mumble, “Never mind.”
A church in North Carolina just had its own Emily Litella moment. Read more
There are times when I think we should just round up every church-state attorney we can find, fly them down to Texas and start suing school districts until they behave.
I realize Texas has a tradition of being stubborn – it used to be an independent republic, after all – but things are getting out of hand. Read more
An important anniversary will be observed on Monday, one that will probably be overlooked but shouldn’t be.
On June 25, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a crucial church-state ruling in Engel v. Vitale. Although the high court had dealt with other religion-in-public-school controversies, Engel was the first case to deal with official school prayer. Read more
The Supreme Court ruled against government-sponsored prayer in public schools half a century ago, but some politicians still don’t get it.
Religious Right zealots are always griping when they think public schools are infringing on Christian students’ religious expression, but if there is even a hint that a Muslim student might be praying in school, they get very upset.
In the West Shore School District near Harrisburg, Pa., some parents have been getting pretty angry that Muslim children might be allowed to pray during school hours – even though it hasn’t even been confirmed that any students are actually praying. Read more