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Category Archive: Church and State

Jun 18 2014

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Graduation in Church Case

The Supreme Court has denied cert in a case where the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc hearing, ruled 7-3 that a public school violated the Establishment Clause by holding graduation ceremonies in a church. But Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Thomas, wrote a rare dissent from the decision to hear the …

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Jun 16 2014

AHA Settles With MO School Over Church/State Violations

The American Humanist Association’s Apignini Legal Center has reached a settlement with with the public school system in Fayette, Missouri over a range of clear violations of the Establishment Clause in favoring Christians groups. The group issued a press release on the substance of the consent decree:

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Jun 11 2014

Senate Approves Prayer Plaque With No Discussion

Well, any hope that the Senate might provide some opposition to a bill that would place a prayer plaque at the World War 2 memorial in Washington, DC just disappeared. They not only passed the bill, they did so with no discussion at all on a voice vote.

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Jun 10 2014

The Scopes Trial Still Fascinates

Rachel Maddux has an interesting article about the annual celebration of the Scopes trial in the town where it took place, Dayton, Tennessee. One of the things that most people don’t understand about the trial is that it was almost entirely a show trial, engineered by both the town and the ACLU (the former for …

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Jun 09 2014

CFI, AU Protest Bill to Add Prayer to WW2 Memorial

Since 2011, House Republicans have repeatedly tried to pass a bill add a prayer plaque to the World War 2 memorial in Washington, DC. It makes good politics, of course; they can then go back home and tell harrowing tales of those evil liberals who hate God and our fallen heroes. Several church/state separation groups …

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Jun 05 2014

Susan LaVine Just Became My Favorite Ambassador

This is an awesome story that you can be sure some Christian theocrat will throw a fit about. Susan LaVine, the new U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, swore her oath of office not on a Bible but on an electronic copy of the U.S. Constitution — opened to the 19th Amendment, which gave women …

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Jun 05 2014

Chancey Rips New Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum

The new Bible curriculum developed with money from the owner of Hobby Lobby has already been adopted in one school system in Oklahoma and is sure to spread. But like earlier curricula of this type it is little more than a Sunday School program. Mark Chancey, a religious studies professor, did a full evaluation of …

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Jun 04 2014

Elmira School District Gets It Right

After the American Humanist Association sent a letter to the Elmira school district in New York because a teacher berated a student for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, the superintendent of that school district took swift action and told all teachers that students have a constitutional right not to do so.

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Jun 04 2014

Religious Extremism Prevents Development in Nigeria

Leo Igwe, the Nigerian human rights activist who is coming to the U.S. for the Humanism at Work conference and a two week speaking tour of Ohio, Indiana, Chicago and Michigan, has an article in The Humanist about how religious extremism in his home country prevents development and all attempts to improve the lives of …

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May 31 2014

McDaniel’s Warped Ideas on Church/State Separation

Chris McDaniel is the Tea Party candidate running in the Republican primary to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi. In a recent appearance at an event he said some really dumb and incoherent things about separation of church and state.

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May 29 2014

Jackson: ACLU, FFRF Represent ‘Demonic Power’

Bishop E.W. Jackson, the irrational extremist who was nearly elected lt. governor of Virginia last year, was another one of the wingnuts spewing inanities at the Watchmen on the Wall conference put on by the Family Research Council last week. He said that the ACLU, FFRF and other pro-church/state separation groups, represented “demonic power moving …

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May 29 2014

Scientology Back in California Schools

After being removed nearly a decade ago, the Church of Scientology’s Narconon program is once again being given access to students in some of California’s public schools. A growing number of schools and teachers are bringing in Narconon “experts” to lecture on drug use and abuse.

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May 29 2014

Challenge to 10C Monument in Oklahoma Continues

A lawsuit filed against the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol will continue after a federal judge rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the case. The state’s argument was, to put it mildly, quite absurd.

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May 29 2014

AHA Defends Another Student on Pledge of Allegiance

A student in Texas was punished for refusing to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance recently and now a student in New York has faced a similar situation. The American Humanist Association’s Apginini Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to the school demanding a change in policy.

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May 24 2014

Challenge to IRS Regulations Dismissed on Standing

A challenge brought by American Atheists to the Internal Revenue Service regulations that do not treat religious and non-religious non-profits equally has been dismissed on standing grounds. A federal judge in Kentucky ruled that because they had not tried to qualify as a religious non-profit, they didn’t have standing to sue.

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