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Church State Separation

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

Heaven Help Us: The Public Prayer Debate

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Whether a "ceremonial" prayer is really required to open a government meeting, yet alone makes any difference, seems a rather unimportant question given the serious challenges we face in this country these days but it does invite us to reflect on what is happening with regard to the separation of church and state -- one of the great innovations in governing.

The Salvation Army's White-Flag Surrender to Secularism

Dan Arel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

This week the Salvation Army caved, and a settlement has been reached that upholds the separation of church and state and will no longer allow the organization to hold those they serve or those they employee to any religious standards while receiving taxpayer dollars.

MRFF Complains About Atheists Proselytizing at Air Force Academy? Surely Pigs Are Flying!

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

MRFF agrees with the Freethinkers Club that their group should be able to participate in S.P.I.R.E., but does not condone the manner in which these cadets chose to protest the Academy's refusal to recognize them as a S.P.I.R.E. group.

How About a Saturnalia Display?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are only two valid choices for a secular government agency to make, constitutionally, when it comes to allowing religious displays on its property: Allow everyone in, or allow nobody to erect such displays. What the Constitution forbids is playing favorites.

The Final 6 Reasons Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Three)

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.

To Swear or Not to Swear: The Founders' Original Intent for Military Oaths

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The founders who wrote the first military oath under the Constitution in 1789 did not include the words "So help me God," so their intent was obviously that these words not be part of the oath.

How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters

Valerie Tarico | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

When it comes to matters of individual conscience, Washington State voters have a don't-mess-with-us attitude that makes Texans look like cattle--and it goes way back.

School System Sued Over Yoga

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion

SAN DIEGO -- An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over a public school yoga program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit Wedn...

IRS Not Enforcing Rules On Separation Of Church And State

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 01.04.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by church...

WATCH: Santorum Wants To "Throw-Up" Over Church-State Separation

Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion

The First Amendment makes Rick Santorum queasy. During a Sunday (Feb. 26) interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the Republican presidential ...

An Ecumenical Defense of the Separation of Church and State

Terence Clarke | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics
Terence Clarke

I'm sure that, like their Republican Party counterparts, few of the men who testified before the committee would object to the notion that Church and State must be firmly separated from each other.

Atheists Face Uphill Climb With New Political Party

Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston Religion News Service How viable is a political party with the word "atheist" in its name? Troy Boyle, a corporate lega...

This Week In The Separation Of Church And State

Posted 12.22.2011 | Religion

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Jaweed Kaleem

Gingrich's Little-Known Role In The Faith-Based Charity Boom

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

As he stumps and debates on the campaign trail from Iowa to South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has hinted at how his White House would approach faith. In a...

This Week In The Separation Of Church And State

Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion

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Mike Sacks

When Is A Teacher Also A Minister?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dipped its toes in holy waters Wednesday morning, but only a minority of the justices appeared ready to fully immerse ...

Inspiration Point To Lose Inspiration Of The Cross

Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion

Inspiration Point is about to lose its three inspiring points. The State of California intends to remove three crosses from the vista, which is ou...

Demands of Aid to Religion Endanger Schools, Anger Moderates

Hans Johnson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Education
Hans Johnson

Efforts by Rick Perry and others to undo the separation of church and state, meant to appeal to religious conservatives, are alienating a potentially large group of moderate voters who often have a decisive role in elections in presidential years.

America Needs Religious Politicians

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

We want political leaders who care about religion, but, drawing on our traditions of church-state separation, we allow them to escape the implication of their own religious declarations.

Atheists Sue Over World Trade Center Memorial Cross

Posted 09.27.2011 | Home

An atheist group has lodged a lawsuit to block the World Trade Center cross from going on display at the 9/11 museum. The suit claims that displayi...

The Dalai Lama And The Separation Of Church And State In America

Nicole Neroulias | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias

The separation of church and state is a major principle in American public life, one that the rest of the world acknowledges and -- as evinced by the Dalai Lama's recent remarks -- even admires.

Church-State Groups Seek Equal Play For Atheist Concert At Fort Bragg

Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion

By Jack Jenkins Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Three church-state activist groups criticized the Army for allowing an evangelical concert ...

Justices Rely On 'Standing' To Dismiss Church-State Disputes

Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its 2010-2011 term this week, legal scholars say a decision ...

Don't Pass Me The Plate For Your Church's Upkeep

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Barry Lynn

The fact is, many American churches are historic. Are we going to put them all on the taxpayers' bill?