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Legal Lesson: Texas Lt. Gov. Is Clueless About American History And The First Amendment

It seems Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has a poor understanding of both American history and the First Amendment. So let’s take a few moments to educate him.

In a recent viewpoint piece published by the San Antonio Express-News, Patrick attempted to argue that religious freedom is under attack in the United States, which is contradictory to America’s “Christian nation” roots. Read more

‘War’ Correspondence: Almost Half Of Americans Say They Prefer Secular Greetings Rather Than ‘Merry Christmas’

A new poll reveals that the Religious Right was correct all along about the “war on Christmas.”

Just kidding.

The far right invented the “war” years ago out of fears that the holiday was supposedly too secular or commercialized. And while larger numbers of Americans are celebrating Christmas without overt religious components, the vast majority still partake in some sort of sectarian activity as part of the holiday. Read more

Bogus Battle

Henry Ford, the famed industrialist and notorious anti-Semite, once pontificated that Jews were ruining Christmas.

“The whole record of the Jewish opposition to Christmas...shows the venom and directness of [their] attack,” Ford carped in an early 1920s work he titled The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.

The automaker went on to detail various localized Jewish “attacks” against the popular holiday. Read more

Buzzed Over Coffee: Cup Flap An Opening Shot From The Religious Right

On my way to board a plane for a recent West Coast visit, I stopped at a Starbucks for a very late lunch. This was just one day after the story broke about the coffee giant’s shocking decision to alter its cups during the holiday season.

Starbucks cups in previous Novembers and Decembers were red but included snowflakes, reindeers and ornaments. Now they are just red, sans any symbols. This has annoyed some Religious Right activists – “war on Christmas,” you see. Read more

Who’s Been Naughty, Who’s Been Nice?: The AFA Explains It All For You

If you’re like me, you’ve been sitting around anxiously awaiting the release of the American Family Association’s “Naughty or Nice” list of retailers for the 2015 holiday season.

Just kidding. I haven’t been awaiting the release of this list – and I suspect you haven’t either – but the AFA sent it to me earlier this week, so let’s take a look at it, shall we? Read more

Venal Vandal

Susan Hemeryck strolled into the rotunda of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee Dec. 23 with a specific goal in mind: to destroy a religious display she didn’t like.

The target of Hemeryck’s wrath was a diorama erected by the Satanic Temple. The humanistic group, back­ed with legal firepower from Amer­icans United for Separation of Church and State, sought and won permission to display at the rotunda a depiction of an angel falling into a pit of fire. Read more

Religious Freedom: The Greatest Gift Of All

Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. "The Wall of Separation" will be on hiatus until Monday, Dec. 29. Happy Holidays to all!

It's Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren't making note of it at all.

What could be better than to have the right to choose for yourself?

The Nutcracker’s Lament: Religious Right Columnist Bemoans Imaginary ‘War On Christmas’

It’s Christmas Eve, and I thought you might appreciate an update on the “war on Christmas.”

To be honest, things have been kind of quiet this year – too quiet. It seems to me that not a creature is stirring – not even a mouse!

Sure, we had that business in Florida with the Satanic Temple. As you might recall, the rotunda of the State Capitol played host to a privately sponsored nativity scene and other religious messages (including a depiction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), so Americans United helped the Satanic Temple win a spot for its display too. Read more

Ridiculous Resolution: Congressman Proposes ‘War On Christmas’ Counter-Measure

It’s almost Christmas, and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) isn’t going to let you forget it. In a special resolution introduced Wednesday, the congressman celebrated his idea of the reason for the season — and condemned church/state separation advocates in the process. (Lamborn introduces the resolution every year.)

“We give thanks for Jesus’ message of love and peace and remember the sacrifice He made for us all. It is a season of giving, of love, and of joy,” he said. Read more

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