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Separation of Church and State

Atheist Lawmaker Says He's Not Allowed To Lead Official Prayer

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

The very first right laid out in the First Amendment of the Constitution is not about speech, the press, peaceable assembly or petitioning the govern...

Phoenix City Council Votes To End Prayer Rather Than Let Satanists Lead It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

For decades, the Phoenix City Council has begun each meeting with an opening prayer. While those invocations were typically Christian, the tradition ...

Scientific Literacy, Religion and the Fate of the World

Mike Sandler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Science
Mike Sandler

The election year of 2016 will present opportunities to bring scientific literacy into the debates around climate change and more. The future of our democracy may depend on raising the level of scientific literacy, not only among the population of voters, but among the candidates.

New York Alliance Condemns Cuomo Mis-Education Budget

Alan Singer | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York State Alliance for Quality Education( AQE) condemns Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed education budget as "woefully inadequate." Cuomo req...

Atheist Group Files Suit To Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

A group of atheists seeking to drop the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency filed a federal lawsuit this week in Akron, Ohio, arguing th...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

I wish to spirit you away today to the rarefied realm of celestial metaphysics by having you respond to yet another reason why people believe in old ideas.

The Christian Right Should Be The Strongest Supporters Of Church And State Separation

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
John W. Traphagan

Members of the Christian right should be among the strongest supporters of the Establishment Clause, because it allows them to believe what they want, even if what they want is anathema to freedom of religion.

The Lost Art of the Segregated Thanksgiving Table

Alan Singer | Posted 11.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Honors, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs can be an insidious way of maintaining racial segregation in nominally desegregated public schools.

Mormon Options on 'Church and State'

Martin Marty | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

One does not have to be a Mormon Elder, a Mormon, a believer, to find reason to listen. Nor would Oaks expect everyone to agree with his every line. He is starting a conversation, which is the most subversive thing to do among people who want to prosecute a culture war over religion.

The Gateway Fundamentalism of Kim Davis and Her Supporters

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Sezin Koehler

Fundamentalism is a problem regardless of the religion to which it pertains, since it brings with it a highly conservative mentality that only benefits a few. Gateway fundamentalism is the slow and steady encroachment of religion through once-secular government and democratic processes.

Latest Disputes over Lessons on Islam Show Need to Better Inform Parents

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

Most states for more than a decade have required teaching about world religions since the 1990s and early 2000s.

A Gay Festivus (Pole) for the Rest of Us?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Stevens delivers his message with the grace of sandpaper, which rubs some wrong. However, if one looks through the harsh critique he offers those in power, one starts to see the absurdities that Stevens points out.

Court Drops Counselor Accused Of Inserting God Into Co-Parenting Classes

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

A state trial court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ended its relationship this week with a mediation provider who allegedly required single mot...

"Give Measles a Chance" - an Anti-Vaxxer Protest Song

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

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A Muted Secular Welcome for Pope Francis

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

Pope Francis will be arriving in the U.S. today, Tuesday. He has a crowded schedule ahead of him this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, ...

Ben Carson Is Dead Wrong About A Muslim President And The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

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Carson's Far Right Christian Attack on the Constitution

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

There is no ambiguity in Carson's statements during his Meet the Press interview on September 20. He's clearly stated his belief that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution.

Yes There Is a Constitutional Separation of Church and State

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Perhaps nothing is more important to American politics than a well-reasoned debate. Unfortunately, far too many people are ill-informed to make such discussions possible.

The Kim Davis Debate: A Question of Duty

David Magee | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
David Magee

As I listen to news of a county clerk who refuses to enforce the law of the land on the basis that it contradicts her interpretation of God's will, I beckon back to that conversation beneath the Oaks at Brown Field.

Kim Davis is Not a Hero

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.07.2015 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Kim Davis is a county clerk from Kentucky who was recently jailed for her persistent refusal to issue any marriage licenses because gay marriage viola...

Do Religious Organizations Receiving Federal Funds Have a Right to Use Religious Tests in Hiring?

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Steven Shiffrin

Last week 130 organizations wrote a letter to the President to complain about a 2007 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that a religious organization had the right under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to restrict its hiring to those who share the religion of the religious organization.

How Should Rhe Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.

Christian Faith Is Not a Campaign Strategy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Citizenship and Christianity are not the same thing, and, while, of course, people bring their religious convictions to the voting booth, the goal of Christians should not be to use the state to advance the goals of religion.

We May See the First Open Humanist Win a Congressional Election in 2016

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The potential election of Jamie Raskin to Congress will be history-making for many reasons, but some people, including some within the humanist community, can't seem to understand why it's important to identify openly while running for elected office.

Controversial New Painting of Separation of Church and State

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Seth Adam Smith

Jon McNaughton is a highly controversial artist -- to say the least. His paintings range from landscapes of the Italian countryside, to images of Jesus holding the Constitution or a nuclear bomb detonating behind President Obama while he plays golf.