New York state Judge Mary Brigantti-Hughes has been censured by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct for a variety of actions to implicitly coerce those who worked for her into taking part in her religious beliefs and activities. The ABA Journal reports the details:
Category Archive: Church and State
Jan 16 2014
Jan 14 2014
While everyone else is paying attention to the bridge scandal in New Jersey that has Gov. Chris Christie scrambling for cover, the state legislature is likely to pass a law allowing secular celebrants to solemnize marriages. The state senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill:
Jan 10 2014
I have always been baffled by the claim that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments. This is a claim that can only be made by someone who is either a liar or hasn’t bothered reading them. Glenn Beck is the latest to make this absolutely ridiculous claim.
Jan 10 2014
Last year the city of Lowell, Massachusetts moved its nativity scene from public to private property, which is of course where it belongs. But this year the Lowell City Council has voted unanimously to move it back because they only care what Jesus thinks, not what you puny people think.
Jan 07 2014
JT is asking for help in sending messages to a judge in Arkansas who is being quite intransigent about allowing anything but Christian displays on the courthouse grounds. This is in his hometown, so it’s pretty important to him. All the details at his blog.
Jan 06 2014
JT has a story from his home state of Arkansas, where a county judge who has allowed a Christian nativity scene up on the courthouse grounds every year has refused to allow a sign celebrating the winter solstice. And frankly, the judge is being a real asshole about it too.
Jan 06 2014
Here’s just a perfect example of the kind of political bullshit that drives me up the wall. State Sen. Rick Jones of Michigan, who I’ve known occasionally to be a reasonable person, thinks the first priority for the new legislative session is a pointless bit of demagoguery supporting keeping “under God” in the pledge of …
Jan 05 2014
Outside of the big cities, South Carolina is one of the most conservative states in the country and one of the most pervasively Christian as well. So much so that the Democrats there appear to be impersonating Republicans in their zeal to get prayer back into schools.
Jan 05 2014
Rep. Justin Amash, who is my representative in Congress, is an interesting guy. He’s a Tea Party-type when it comes to budget issues, but is libertarian-minded when it comes to a lot of military, foreign policy and other issues. Sometimes I want to strangle him, sometimes I want to hug him. He’s facing a Republican …
Dec 30 2013
As Right Wing Watch points out, Rafael Cruz is now just repeating David Barton’s bullshit about the founding fathers, Christianity and the Constitution. He says that the Declaration of Independence is little more than a collection of sermons (what?) and that over half of the signers of the Declaration were “seminary graduates” and “theologians.” That …
Dec 30 2013
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has actually done some good work on behalf of genuine religious freedom, but much of the time they are as ridiculous as Liberty Counsel or the ACLJ. Especially when they hand out awards like the one they just sent out this press release about:
Dec 26 2013
Mikey Weinstein has done it again. Not only does he spend his time eating Christian babies, he hates Jesus and Santa Claus as well and is destroying Christmas by demanding that the military comply with their own regulations and put a nativity scene in the base chapel.
Dec 25 2013
The battle over a nativity scene in Dorr, Michigan, a small suburb of Grand Rapids, continues to garner heat. My friend Jeremiah Bannister started asking questions about the display, which showed up in a public gazebo, a couple weeks ago and the response has been exactly what we would expect. And the township seems intent …
Dec 20 2013
A court last week ordered that the giant cross at Mt. Soledad be removed, the latest in a legal fight that has lasted more than two decades and will likely go on for several more years. It isn’t actually going to be removed, of course, because there are yet more appeals. Jim Underdown, executive director …
Dec 19 2013
Politifact took a look at Bryan Fischer’s repeated claim that the First Amendment applies only to Christianity and not to any other religion and rates it a “pants on fire” lie. Fischer told them that his source for that claim is Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story: