The Air Force Academy has a new dean of faculty, Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost, and he seems to be getting off to a good start by giving a talk to all faculty to remind them that they cannot proselytize while doing their jobs, especially during class. Mikey Weinstein reprints a letter from someone at the …
Category Archive: Church and State
Feb 10 2014
Feb 09 2014
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the public schools in Mecklenburg County, Virginia that they either must stop allowing the Gideons to passively distribute Bibles or allow the FFRF to distribute literature as well. The school has turned to the absurdly named Liberty Counsel for help and are apparently circling the wagons.
Feb 07 2014
Creation Ministries International, like most Christian right groups, has a rather bizarre conception of what the First Amendment means. In the delusional world they inhabit, it’s not a violation of the Establishment Clause to teach their religion in public schools, but it is a violation for Congress to commemorate the achievements of Charles Darwin. Rep. …
Feb 06 2014
One of the lawsuits the FFRF has going is against the IRS for failing to enforce the law that forbids churches (and every other non-profit organization) from endorsing candidates in elections. The federal judge in that case has allowed a church to intervene and add itself as a defendant in that case.
Feb 04 2014
What is it with the connection between football and conservative Christianity? For that matter, with sports in general? How many times have we seen this happen with football coaches who think their job is to turn their players into Christians? Here’s yet another story:
Feb 04 2014
The Freedom From Religion Foundation and several other groups have filed an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood case challenging the contraception mandate. The brief was written by Marci Hamilton of the Cardozo School of Law and it takes a very aggressive stance, asking the Supreme Court to declare the Religious Freedom …
Feb 04 2014
A new bill in the South Dakota legislature, sponsored by six senators and seven representatives, would allow public school science teachers to teach intelligent design “or other related topics.” It would forbid school administrators from preventing them from doing so:
Jan 30 2014
I was asked a local Grand Rapids news site, the Rapidian, to comment on an event hosted in Grand Rapids by the Acton Institute, a Christian right think tank, about “the growing threat to religious liberty.” After seeing an initial draft of the article I sent several statements, though probably only part of one will …
Jan 30 2014
Lest you begin to think that the Obama administration is friendly to secularism, let me note that the DOJ is filing an appeal of the district court ruling that the parsonage allowance for religious non-profits but not secular ones is unconstitutional.
Jan 29 2014
I grew up watching Ben Kinchlow on the 700 Club and thought at the time that he was so smart and charming. Now? Not so much. His latest Worldnetdaily column is bursting at the seams with dishonest and idiotic arguments about separation of church and state.
Jan 27 2014
The ACLU of Louisiana has filed a federal lawsuit against the Sabine Parish School Board for a variety of alleged violations, including teachers proselytizing and berating a 6th grade student for not being Christian. If what is alleged in the complaint is true, the school is toast.
Jan 23 2014
One of the most annoying arguments in the fundie arsenal goes like this: “Even atheists worship something. If they don’t worship God, then they’re their own god.” Rep. Rick Saccone of Pennsylvania, who is trying to pass a bill to post “In God We Trust” in every school in that state, offers his version:
Jan 21 2014
Remember the controversy last year over the distribution of Bibles and then of atheist books in Orange County Public Schools in Florida? Well they just let a Christian group passively distribute Bibles again in those schools. There’s still a lawsuit pending over limits on the distribution of atheist literature there last year.
Jan 20 2014
The amazing Zack Kopplin has been filing FOIA requests to find out what is being taught in science classes in a large charter school network on Texas. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that they’re teaching creationist nonsense in those classes while receiving more than $80 million in taxpayer funds.
Jan 17 2014
American Atheists has filed a federal lawsuit against the Ten Commandments monument placed on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. There is already an ACLU lawsuit on the subject but it was filed in state court instead. There are couple things I like about the complaint in this case, which you can read here. …