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Category Archive: Church and State

Jul 28 2014

Warren Mayor Compares Atheists to Nazis, KKK

Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, Michigan, which is currently being sued because he refuses to allow a reason station along with a Christian prayer station at city hall, responded to that lawsuit by comparing atheists to Nazis and the KKK.

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Jul 26 2014

Another Church/State Lawsuit in Warren, Michigan

The last few years have seen several battles over church/state separation in Warren, Michigan, where the mayor could hardly be more obvious in wanting his office to give official endorsement to Christianity and keep atheists from having equal access to the public square. AU, the ACLU and FFRF have filed another lawsuit.

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Jul 23 2014

Charisma Mag Loves Ban on Atheists Holding Office

Gina Meeks, the assistant editor of Charisma magazine, has an article noting that 8 states currently have bans on atheists holding public office. In promoting the story, the magazine calls those laws “good news for a Judeo-Christian America.”

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Jul 21 2014

Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum Delayed

Here’s a bit of good news on the Hobby Lobby front. The Bible curriculum that the Green family has spent a fortune developing, which was supposed to debut in one Oklahoma school district this fall, is being delayed due to “unforeseen delays” of some very vague type.

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Jul 11 2014

Hewett Church/State Case Will Continue

A lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on behalf of Army veteran Steven Hewett against his home town of King, North Carolina, over the flying of a Christian flag over a war memorial will go to trial. The judge in the case rejected motions for summary judgment because of genuine …

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Jul 09 2014

Billionaire Brothers Want a Theocracy

Peter Montgomery has a story about Farris and Dan Wilks, a sort of theocratic version of the Koch brothers (who aren’t all that interested in religious matters), who made their fortune in fracking and are using it to support a broadly dominionist agenda.

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Jul 08 2014

Michael Egnor Doesn’t Understand Analogy

This is a few months old but I just happened across it. It comes from Michael Egnor, the creationist neurosurgeon prone to saying monumentally stupid things. And it appears that he has no idea what irony means or how analogies work as he attempts to respond to a post I wrote about Poland prosecuting a …

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Jul 08 2014

Consent Decree Approved in Appalling Church/State Case

You may remember a few months ago the story of a young student in the Sabine Parish School District in Louisiana who was ridiculed by a teacher for being a Buddhist. The family filed suit with the help of the ACLU and they have now reached a consent decree to settle the case that forbids …

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Jul 07 2014

WTF, Atlanta Public Schools?

ICRcartoon

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a disturbing article about a science teacher at Grady High School in Atlanta using that infamous “creationism vs evolution” cartoon from the Institute for Creation Research museum, the one that ascribes evolution to Satan, during a classroom lecture. This one:

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Jul 03 2014

RFRA Should Be Declared Unconstitutional

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed in 1993 by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. The Supreme Court then struck down part of it, the part that applied to state and local actions, but upheld its application in federal law. In that case, City of Boerne v Flores, Justice John …

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Jul 01 2014

Teacher Loses Suit Over Religious Items in Class

A teacher from Cheektowaga, New York has lost a lawsuit she filed after her school told her she could not have Christian posters on her classroom wall and other religious items. Nearly all of the claims in the lawsuit will be dismissed.

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Jun 30 2014

Huntsville, AL City Council Cancels Wiccan Invocation

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on opening local council meetings with prayer was a bad one, but it did say firmly that the prayers could not be limited only to Christian ones. The city council in Huntsville, Alabama seem to have missed that memo.

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Jun 25 2014

Big Win for Secularism in Australia

The United States is not the only country that has controversies over separation of church and state. Australia has had many of them lately and the highest court in that country last week overturned a law that provided national funding for chaplaincies in public schools.

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Jun 22 2014

AHA Warns School on Mission Trips

The American Humanist Association’s Apignini Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to a school in Colorado warning them that they may face a lawsuit if they do not stop promoting and sponsoring religious mission trips abroad. The press release from the group says:

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Jun 22 2014

Law Prof Hammers Scalia’s Terrible Analogy

Geoffrey Stone is a law professor at the University of Chicago and a highly respected legal scholar. And he found Justice Scalia’s analogy between official government support for religion and hearing rock music in public to be as ridiculous as I did.

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