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Separation of Church and State

Pandora's Box of Vouchers

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Besides the fact that vouchers drain the public education system of funds and deprive both students and teachers of vital civil rights protections, most of the tax dollars involved goes to private religious schools.

Freedom From Religion as a Civil Right

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

The separation of church and state in the U.S. constitution is more honored in the breach than in the observance.

Church Gets Banned From Worshipping In School

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest chapter of a long-running legal fight over separation of church and state, a federal appeals court again ruled on Thur...

Finally, a Cultural Melting Pot Too Hot for Religious Fundamentalism

Jessica Joseph | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

What protects American freedom is exactly the same thing that protects our freedom in sweet T&T-- a brilliantly worded secular constitution, keeping the cultural black hole that is absolutist, supremacist religious/political fundamentalism from swallowing up the rainbow.

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

Politics and Religion Issues Not Over With One Veto

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Many sigh in relief believing the issue of religious liberty and LGBT rights is over with the veto of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; however, deeper questio...

Attacks on Moral March Miss Their Mark

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Rev. Jennifer Butler

The separation of church and state is meant to protect both religion and democracy. Those who argue that religious leaders should be silent in public debates have not only failed to learn the lessons of the past.

Atheists Vow To Keep Fighting For Florida Monument

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Local officials in Florida this week rejected an atheist monument proposed for a courthouse lawn, another example of the hurdles religious minor...

Why State Textbook Reviews Matter for Minority Faith Groups

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Texas's curriculum and textbook adoption have been politicized and polarizing in recent years, alarming education advocates and big textbook publishers and making the state a laughingstock to the rest of the country.

Obamacare, Texas Law, Satan and the Separation of Church and State

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Historically, both liberals and conservatives have blended religion and politics, usually with disastrous results. We would do well to look to the past as we sort out the church-state issues we face today.

11 Things Atheists Couldn't Do Because They Didn't Believe In God

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

When it comes to discussions on institutionalized discrimination, atheists often are left out. That may not surprise many. In a world with widespread ...

History According to Mike Huckabee: How a Book of Political Satire Saved Christmas

Chris Rodda | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

I initially started writing this post with the intent of posting it on Christmas, but since we lost the war on Christmas once again this year, I had to do all that stupid Christmas stuff like buying presents and spending time with family and friends.

Separation of Church and State: A Festivus Perspective

David_Goldstein | Posted 02.23.2014 | Comedy
David_Goldstein

Holidays can be hard enough as it is, but sometimes a person perpetrates an act so uncaring and thoughtless, so blatant in its disregard for his fellow humans, that it leaves one in a state of crestfallen despair.

'Holiday' Trees Offend the Religious and the Secular

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

In a Yuletide shift, Lincoln Chafee finally agreed to call a 17-foot statehouse spruce a Christmas tree, admitting that his past practice of calling it a 'holiday tree' generated too much anger. No kidding. Naming a Christmas tree a holiday tree is offensive.

Ceasefire Declared In War On Christmas!

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

When we get our humanist knickers in a knot over pencils or crèches, I fear we give the strenuously faithful an opening to characterize all secularists as nasty little scolds.

An Evangelical Case for Gay Wedding Cakes

Skye Jethani | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Skye Jethani

We must consider how Scripture and Christian values would have us live beside our LGBT neighbors. Toward that end, I want to examine three objections raised by the wedding cake lawsuit.

Momentum And Inertia: Twin Threats To The Separation Of Church And State

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Barry Lynn

Today, we have two main problems related to separation of church and state. To borrow from physics, one relates to momentum, the other to inertia.

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.

Baby Jesus and the Beer Pole?

Victor Lopez | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Victor Lopez

It was six feet from the Nativity scene erected on government-owned property that three wise men appeared: a political blogger, an attorney, and a local pornography producer. They left behind a Festivus pole made of empty beer cans.

Baby Jesus: Not Welcome Here

Cheryl Moch | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Cheryl Moch

I can admire your trees and your lights in this dark season and your Santa with his merry laugh. But it all gets too serious when I see that manger with its empty cradle waiting for the birth of a baby whose horrible death will be blamed on me.

Hindus Seize Opportunity For Statue On Oklahoma Capitol Steps

Religion News Service | Greg Horton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) A few days after a group of Satanists announced plans to donate a memorial on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, a Hindu organiz...

The Perils of Religious Politicking

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Sen. Mark Pryor's ad is a cautionary tale about the fact that, as he himself has said, the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate. It can come across as saying, "vote for me because I'm a Christian," a message that fails to respect America's constitutional ideals and growing religious pluralism.

This School Science Lesson Contains A Very Religious Message

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

Well, this doesn’t look like accurate science to us. Reddit user Dtooth0 posted the above photo on the site’s “WTF” thread Tuesday morn...

Thanksgivukkah Foretold in Talmud Over 2000 Years Ago

Salvador Litvak | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Salvador Litvak

In our house, we'd like to cut out the presents entirely, but we don't want our kids to associate being Jewish with getting ripped off, so we compromise with books.

Being Good for Goodness' Sake: Why Operation Christmas Child Is Wrong

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Rather than giving because it's the right thing to do, these charities give aid in exchange for religious conversion.