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Separation of Church and State

The Lost Art of the Segregated Thanksgiving Table

Alan Singer | Posted 11.27.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

As a lead in to Thanksgiving, the New York Times Wednesday "Food" section featured a high school class's Thanksgiving dinner in Hartsville, South Caro...

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 09.28.2015 | Gay 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


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.

Is It Easier for Religious Workers to Immigrate to America?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Much of what religious workers do is important work, including working for charities that assist those in need. So instead of seeking to abolish this religious fast-track to getting a visa or citizenship, let's expand it for all workers willing to engage in two years of continuous charitable work.

Air Force Leaders Hammer Helpless Subordinates With Evangelical 'Gospel Explosion'

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

This latest anti-Constitutional outrage comes to us from Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), host to the USAF's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW).

No, U.S. Air Force, There Is No Separation Between Standup Comedy and State

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Rodda

While being forced to promote beliefs contrary to their own is a made-up problem when it comes to military chaplains, it is actually a very real problem for other service members.

Who Called It 'Spiritual Rape' to Force Your Religion on Others? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Over the past two years, the term "spiritual rape," used by Mikey Weinstein to describe the unwanted and aggressive proselytizing of members of our military, has become one of the most popular go-to quotes in the world of fundamentalist Christian websites.

Pastor Flies Christian Flag Above American Flag To Protest Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

While South Carolina's bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from its State House grounds gains momentum, another flag is stirring debate in...

Jeb! 50 Shades of Religious Conviction

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Jeb! is secular sometimes, and faithful and devout at other times. It all depends on where he is and who he is talking to. 50 states allows for 50 shades of Jeb!'s religious conviction.

Nick Wing

Church And State Are Separate In The U.S., Except When They're Not | Nick Wing | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

Any decent, red-blooded American politician loves the Constitution. It seems fair, then, to expect these politicians to respect the very first right e...