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Category Archive: Church and State

May 22 2014

Beck Can’t Even Keep His Lies Straight

Glenn Beck did his best David Barton impersonation once again on his radio show, declaring that “thirty percent of everything in our founding documents comes from one book, the Book of Deuteronomy.” He can’t even keep the lies straight in his head anymore.

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May 20 2014

Appeals Court Rips District Judge in Church/State Case

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals strongly criticized a federal district judge who refused to issue a preliminary injunction in a case involving a public elementary school graduation ceremony held at a Christian college that included prayer.

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May 20 2014

NE Senate Candidate: Religion Trumps Every Law

Ben Sasse, the Republican candidate for the Senate from the state of Nebraska, takes an astonishingly broad position on his website about religious freedom. He argues that the government cannot ever force anyone to do anything that is against their religion.

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May 17 2014

DeLay Doubles Down on the Lies

Tom DeLay recently claimed that “God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution.” That’s a monumentally stupid thing to say, but he’s not backing down. And he went on the radio show of David Barton, who lies about history more than any man alive, to offer an equally ridiculous defense of his claim:

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May 16 2014

Fox News: Unfair and Inane on Humanist Chaplains

The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is officially requesting that the Pentagon appoint humanist chaplains for non-believing soldiers and Fox News did their usual routine of childish and idiotic questions and comments about it. Seriously, is there a single intelligent thought in all of this?

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May 14 2014

Bedrosian’s Unwitting Admission

Al Bedrosian, the Roanake County, VA supervisor who thinks America should eliminate the separation of church and state and be a Christian theocracy, unwittingly makes a perfect argument against his position that only Christians should be allowed to say prayers before board meetings:

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May 12 2014

MA Court Upholds Pledge of Allegiance

In the least surprising news so far this month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the constitutionality of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The case was based on the state constitution, not the U.S. Constitution.

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May 12 2014

Greece v Galloway and the Christian Right Long Game

Katherine Stewart has an op-ed column in the New York Times about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Greece v Galloway in which she identifies the Christian right’s long-term strategy with that and similar cases. I think her analysis is accurate, if a bit incomplete.

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May 11 2014

Jeffress: God Has Already Decided Some Issues

Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress also spoke at that “Washington: A Man of Prayer” event on Capitol Hill. He gave a predictably ridiculous speech in which he declared that while we can debate some public policies, others were decided by God in the Bible and should be settled as a result.

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May 11 2014

MS School Violates Consent Decree in Prayer Case

You may recall that late last year the public school system in Rankin, Mississippi agreed to a consent decree to settle a lawsuit over mandatory school assemblies that featured prayer and preachers. It only took a few months for them to violate that decree:

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May 09 2014

Carroll County Prayer Case Will Continue

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Greece v Galloway, a federal judge in Maryland has lifted his preliminary injunction in a challenge to prayers at meetings of the Carroll County Commission. But the plaintiffs will continue to pursue the case because it’s quite distinct from the Greece situation.

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May 09 2014

How the Right Spins Church/State Issues

I’m always interested in the way the Christian right frames the controversies over church and state matters. They’ve long employed several loaded phrases that could mean very different things, knowing that their audience will read them in a way that maximizes their fear (and thus keeps them sending in money). Mat Staver uses one of …

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May 08 2014

Bedrosian Apparently Can’t Read

Remember Al Bedrosian, the Roanoke County Supervisor who not only thinks that there is no such thing as separation of church and state but that the Constitution mandates a Christian theocracy? In the wake of the ruling in Greece v Galloway, which he obviously didn’t read, he now wants to have only Christian prayers allowed …

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May 07 2014

Secular Groups Respond to Legislative Prayer Ruling

Within a few hours of the release of the Supreme Court ruling in Greece v Galloway, which said local legislative bodies can have explicitly sectarian prayers at their meetings, the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced that they are supporting those who sign up to deliver secular invocations at such events:

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May 07 2014

FL Judge Told Not to Give Bibles to Defendants

Sometimes I’m just astonished at the inability of some Christians to recognize any limits whatsoever on their desire to proselytize. A state judge in Florida has been handing out Bibles to defendants in his courtroom, a clear violation of legal ethics and the law. He’s now been ordered not to do so.

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