David Barton was recently given an award by Ohio Christian University and during his talk there he was asked by someone going to school to become a teacher how they could use their job to influence students to become Christians. He offered a number of ways they could sneak it in.
Category Archive: Church and State
Nov 17 2013
Bradlee Dean is simply one of the most ridiculous, and hence one of the most entertaining, of all the wingnuts. His weekly columns for the Worldnetdaily are Sarah Palin-level word salads, with the added bonus of his atrocious writing (Palin can afford to hire ghostwriters; Dean can’t) and his sad attempts to make himself sound …
Nov 16 2013
Here’s an amusing blog post by Bryan Fischer arguing that Christmas is actually in the Constitution. I’m sure you missed it, as did most of us. It’s in there, he argues, because of the entirely perfunctory and irrelevant dating of the document “in the year of our Lord,” which was the norm on all official …
Nov 14 2013
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council went on Fox and Friends on Monday to talk about his crusade to make sure that religious owners of companies can deny their employees contraception coverage in their insurance policies and he made a rather ironic reference to the Pilgrims.
Nov 13 2013
Ben Kinchlow, the former longtime co-host of the 700 Club and now a weekly columnist for the Worldnetdaily, has a column about the Supreme Court case involving legislative prayer that forces one to conclude that either he is a first-class moron or he assumes his readers to be (a safe assumption, to be sure). He …
Nov 11 2013
A school bus driver near Minneapolis, who is also the pastor of two churches, has been fired after repeatedly praying with kids on the bus on the ride to school. And he kept doing it even after he’d been giving a warning and told he’d be fired if he didn’t stop.
Nov 08 2013
The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Town of Greece v Holloway on Wednesday morning, the case involving the question of local elected boards beginning their meetings with prayers. The key precedent here is Marsh v Chambers, which upheld the practice of opening state legislative sessions with prayer. Lyle Denniston reports on what happened at …
Nov 07 2013
You knew when the Air Force made the perfectly reasonable decision to make “so help me God” voluntary in the Cadet Honor Code, the wingnuts were going to lose their minds over it. So of course two legislators from Texas are submitting a bill to make it mandatory again.
Nov 05 2013
Amanda Knief of American Atheists went on CNN to talk about the Supreme Court case concerning legislative prayers, opposite Robert Jeffress of the Southern Baptist Convention, who is pretty much completely clueless about constitutional law. Amanda did a great job. Here’s the video:
Nov 05 2013
Not a day goes by lately when you can’t find yet another wingnut website going off on an outraged diatribe about the evils of my friend Mikey Weinstein. Today it’s the Patriot Update, which claims that the military is engaged in a “war on Christianity” that is all Mikey’s fault and will lead to the …
Nov 04 2013
In April, the American Humanist Association sued the school system in Rankin County, Mississippi over a mandatory school assembly that was little more than a sermon from a minister. Now video of that assembly and new allegations are surfacing about how deeply the school is involved in Christian proselytizing. You can see some of that …
Nov 02 2013
Now that an appeals court has overturned his conviction for corruption, former House Speaker Tom DeLay has been on a whirlwind comeback tour, making the rounds of conservative shows and other outlets. During a service last week, John Hagee did an interview with DeLay in which he made this ridiculous claim:
Nov 01 2013
The Pennsylvania state legislature is almost certain to pass a bill requiring the posting of “In God We Trust” in every public school in the state, in one form or another. It’s already passed the relevant committee and will soon be headed for a full vote.
Oct 31 2013
The Family Research Council is absolutely furious that the Air Force Academy would make the phrase “so help me God” optional in the oath cadets have to take. Ken Blackwell is making a ridiculous argument that includes passing on a fake story about George Washington that was debunked long ago.
Oct 30 2013
In a victory for secularism prompted by action from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Air Force Academy has made the phrase “so help me God” optional in the Cadet Honor Oath. Naturally, the wingnuts are freaking out over it, like the American Family Association.