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Category Archive: Church and State

Mar 21 2014

How to Expose Creationist Science Teachers

Hemant has the story of a 500 page book that a public school science teacher gave to his students to teach them creationism instead of evolution. That was about a decade ago, but the book itself just became available. It’s every bit as bad as you might imagine. This went on for 15 years before …

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Mar 17 2014

I Wish Atheists Would Stop Emulating David Barton

In the thread on Rep. Sam Johnson’s post about his bill to force military officers to swear on oath to God, I encountered the same kind of historical distortions I criticize so strongly when David Barton does it. But they came from an atheist claiming that some of the founders were atheists. His comment:

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Mar 17 2014

Rep. Johnson Still Trying to Make Religious Oaths Mandatory

Rep. Sam Johnson, one of the more extreme theocrats in the House, is still trying to pass a bill that would make religious oaths mandatory for all military personnel. He submitted this bill in response to a decision by the Air Force to make saying “so help me God” optional when officers are being sworn …

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Mar 12 2014

EU Wants Saudis to Respect Religious Freedom

This news is about a month old, but the European Union has approved a report calling on Saudi Arabia to respect religious freedom. Unfortunately, that declaration says nothing about the right of the non-religious not to practice a religion or the right to criticize religion.

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Mar 12 2014

Barber Recycles Old Anti-ACLU Arguments

Matt Barber must be running out of ideas for columns because his latest one recycles some tired old arguments against the ACLU, very dishonest ones at that. The ACLU are all communists, don’t you know. Because communism is totally relevant to today’s world. Nobody beats a dead horse like the right wing.

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Mar 11 2014

Purdue Reaches Compromise on Donor Plaque

I wrote the other day about the situation at Purdue, where a family that donated money wanted to put up a plaque in honor of their father that referred to “the understanding of God’s physical laws” and the university said no. They’ve now reached a compromise to put up the plaque with slightly different wording …

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Mar 06 2014

Barton on Democracy and Theocracy

David Barton went on the TV show of Mike and Cindy Jacobs (yes, the “prophet” — read: con artist — who says God gave her a bottomless bowl of spaghetti) and said that it’s a myth that the Christian right wants a theocracy because you can’t be both a democracy and a theocracy.

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Mar 06 2014

Georgia to Get Ten Commandments Monument?

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a bill to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol. It still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, but I can’t imagine that won’t happen. And I know American Atheists is already working on opposition to it.

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Mar 06 2014

Rob Boston’s New Book

Prometheus Books was kind enough to send me a copy of Rob Boston’s new book Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’ll do that in a few weeks when I’m traveling (airports and planes, …

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Mar 05 2014

‘Coach’ Dave Mystified Why He Wasn’t Hired

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire is good at affecting a disingenuous cluelessness. He’s just mystified, baffled by why his old high school didn’t hire him to be their new football coach. He simply can’t imagine what it was that led the school board to decide not to hire him.

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Mar 03 2014

Another Immigrant Denied for Religious Reasons

Remember the case of Margaret Doughty, the woman initially denied U.S. citizenship because her reasons for not pledging to defend the country were secular rather than religious? Now we have an identical case and the American Humanist Association is once again intervening on her behalf:

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Mar 03 2014

Judge Rules Lake Elsinore Memorial Unconstitutional

Remember the lawsuit filed over a war memorial in Lake Elsinore, California that shows a solder kneeling before a cross? The judge has ruled that the design is a violation of the Establishment Clause. The ruling was based on the Lemon test and the judge concluded that the monument violates the first two prongs of …

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Mar 01 2014

AZ Tea Party: 1st Amendment Only Protects Christians

The Williams Tea Party group of Coconino County, Arizona, believe it or not, does not support the proposed law that would allow Christians to discriminate against gay people. Why? Because the constitutional already allows that, you see, because the First Amendment applies only to Christians.

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Feb 28 2014

AHA Files Suit Over War Memorial Cross

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed a federal lawsuit over a 40-foot cross on public property in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. The cross was put up as a memorial for those who died in World War I. From the AHA’s press release:

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Feb 25 2014

IN Biology Teacher Using Hovind Videos in Class

A high school biology teacher in Goshen, Indiana (just across the Michigan border) has apparently been showing videos from Kent Hovind to his classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written a letter to the school demanding that it be stopped.

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