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Fifty Years Of Freedom: Celebrating The Supreme Court’s Decision Against Coercive Religion In Public Schools

Fifty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme handed down one of its most important church-state rulings. In School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, the high court ruled 8-1 that state-mandated programs of Bible reading and prayer in public schools are unconstitutional.

Five decades later, the ruling in Schempp (and its companion case, Murray v. Curlett) remains widely misunderstood. Part of this is due to a deliberate campaign of misinformation by Religious Right groups, which have distorted the scope of the decision. Read more

A Critic’s Critique: Roger Ebert Gave ‘Two Thumbs Up’ To The Church-State Wall

I’ll admit it: I enjoy reading scathing reviews of books and films. Critics are called that for a reason. When it’s time to be critical, some of them really know how to put it out there.

Consider Roger Ebert. The long-time movie reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times didn’t hold back when he was forced to sit through a bad film. Read more

Public School Proselytizing Prohibited: Federal Appeals Court Rejects New Prayer Scheme

Some people who advocate coercive school prayer are relentless. They’re always coming up with a new scheme to impose their preferred form of worship onto impressionable public school students.

Sometimes they even try to use children to spread religious messages in schools. Yesterday, a federal appeals court put the brakes on this latest effort to compel prayer in schools. Read more

Never Mind!: Emily Litella Joins N.C. Church, Learns About School Prayer

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

Lone Star Law Breakers: Texas School Officials Think They Can Ignore Supreme Court Prayer Rulings

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

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