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:
Category Archive: Church and State
Feb 28 2014
Feb 25 2014
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.
Feb 24 2014
Those of you who were educated in public schools may still have the silly idea that the Constitution was written by the delegates to the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia, but Tom Delay knows that “God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.” That explains why we have …
Feb 19 2014
Administrators at Pigsah High School in North Carolina have rescinded their refusal to recognize a Secular Student Alliance club under threat of a lawsuit over it. Glad they came to their senses, but I remain baffled by how ignorant those administrators were of the law in the first place.
Feb 19 2014
“Coach” Dave Daubenmire is really upset that a school board decided not to hire him to be their football coach because of his rather appalling history of misusing that position, but he’s even more upset at unnamed “pastors” who didn’t show up at the school board meeting to defend him.
Feb 14 2014
Here’s yet another example of a clueless school administration that doesn’t know the law and wants to prevent students from forming a secular club, this time in Waynesville, North Carolina. The assistant principal is refusing to let a student form an SSA club, in direct contravention of well-established law.
Feb 14 2014
An Alabama state legislator has submitted a bill that would require every teacher to read a prayer before school every day — but it would be a prayer that was said by a Congressional chaplain, so that makes it merely “historical” rather than religious. Right.
Feb 12 2014
A county in Florida is using a transparently absurd pretext for turning down an atheist monument that was proposed to go along with the Ten Commandments monument already in place. They say it’s because the text on the monument has only quotes, not full texts.
Feb 10 2014
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 …
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: