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Category Archive: Church and State

Apr 18 2014

Hobby Lobby Owner Develops Bible Curriculum

Steve Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, has developed and begun to implement a Bible curriculum for public school classrooms. He’s got a school district in Oklahoma a few miles from the company’s corporate headquarters that is going to start teaching this curriculum next year:

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Apr 17 2014

Secularists Fight Sabbath Laws in Israel

Israel is having a similar fight to the one over so-called “blue laws” in the United States in decades past, with secular Jews protesting against laws that forbid businesses from being open on the Jewish sabbath, which is sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

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Apr 16 2014

MD Commissioners Agree to Abide By the Law. For Now.

Faced with contempt charges, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners has narrowly voted to abide by a preliminary injunction forbidding them to offer a sectarian prayer before their meetings (which basically means they can’t say “Jesus” in them).

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Apr 14 2014

Louisiana Wants KJV Bible the Official State Book

The Christian right never, ever tires of finding as many ways as possible to get their religious views officially endorsed by the government and here’s another perfect example. The Louisiana legislature wants to pass a law making the King James Version of the Bible the official state book. The FFRF is rightly condemning that action:

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Apr 11 2014

AHA Files Suit to Allow Humanist Groups in Prison

Many religious organizations are very active in prison and inmates are allowed to form prayer groups, Bible and Quran studies and the like, but humanism is not recognized for those purposes in federal prisons. The American Humanist Association has filed a lawsuit to change that.

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Apr 09 2014

MN Law Would Recognize Secular Celebrants

A new bill has been introduced in the Minnesota state legislature that would allow secular celebrants to officiate weddings and sign marriage certificates, which would be a bit step forward for diminishing religious privilege and advancing equal rights for the non-religious.

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Apr 08 2014

Christian Fliers Distributed in Dearborn

Dearborn is a predominantly Muslim city outside Detroit and some parents there are upset that a local church was allowed to distribute a flier for an Easter celebration for kids, calling it a violation of the separation of church and state.

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Apr 08 2014

Appeals Court Issues Weird Church/State Ruling

I agree completely with Hemant on the appeals court decision in the case involving the Bronx Household of Faith and its attempt to rent public school facilities during non-school hours. I’m a little astonished at the hair splitting the court is doing to deny their right to do so. Here’s what the NYC public school …

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Apr 06 2014

AHA Files Contempt Motion in Prayer Case

The American Humanist Association has filed a contempt motion against the Carroll County, MD Board of Commissioners after they explicitly defied a federal court injunction for a second time. I already wrote about the commissioner who read a fake George Washington prayer after the injunction was issued, but then they brought in someone else to …

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Apr 05 2014

FBB Supports Baptist Organization

The Foundation Beyond Belief, for whom I am the media relations coordinator, has chosen the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty as the recipient of its 2nd quarter 2014 Challenge the Gap grant. A humanist foundation supporting a Baptist group? Yep. And for good reason.

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Apr 03 2014

Rubio: SOCAS Not In the Constitution

Marco Rubio took part in a live discussion in front of an audience last year with Eric Metaxas and repeated one of the most ridiculous Christian right talking points imaginable, the claim that separation of church and state is not in the Constitution because that exact phrase isn’t there.

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Apr 02 2014

Carroll County Commissioner Displays Ignorance, False Bravado

In a lawsuit over prayers at the beginning of meetings in the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, a federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction against the practice while the case is being heard. One of those commissioners, Robin Bartlett Frazier, decided to make a big public show of what I’m sure she believed to …

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Apr 02 2014

More Church/State Distortions from the Worldnetdaily

The Worldnetdaily is furiously promoting an event called Washington: A Man of Prayer, to be held at the U.S. Capitol building on May 7, printing one article after another about it. It’s hosted by Michele Bachmann, Louis Gohmert and others. Unsurprisingly, the Worldnetdaily is copying a bunch of lies and distortions from David Barton.

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Apr 01 2014

TN Atheists Distribute Literature in Elem. School

After the Casey County School District in Tennessee allowed the Gideons to set up a table to hand out Bibles to elementary school students, the Tri-State Freethinkers demanded the same privilege to hand out a pamphlet on humanism for children. And they got it. The table was set up on Friday. Hemant writes:

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Mar 31 2014

Do They Ever Stop Lying?

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A few months ago, the Air Force Academy decided to allow officer candidates to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths upon graduation. That set off a typhoon of dishonesty and demagoguery that has yet to subside. A huge coalition of Christian right groups put up this billboard near the campus of …

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