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Separation of Church and State

Missouri Amendment 2: A Strike Against Separation of Church and State

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 10.01.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

Amendment 2 does not ensure the continuity of religious freedom in Missouri. It is a clear attempt by state legislators to allow religion a greater niche in government and public education.

Secularism Is Not Atheism

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 09.27.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Claiming that secularism and atheism are the same thing makes for good culture warrioring. By intentionally blurring the distinction between atheism and secularism, the religious right succeeds in drowning both.

Why Religion Rules American Politics

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

For a developed country, the U.S. is extraordinarily high on religion. Thus 65 percent of Americans say that religion is important in their daily lives compared to just 17 percent of Swedes, 19 percent of Danes, and 24 percent of Japanese.

Connecticut Town Agrees To End Graduations At Church

AP | Posted 07.19.2012 | Education

ENFIELD, Conn. -- The local school board has agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a church. The Enfield Board of Education vot...

Texas Charter School Accused Of Funneling Religion Into Lessons

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

Religion watchdogs are warning of an amply-funded charter school in Texas, where the superintendant has claimed that God "has given [her] the jurisdi...

S.C. Students May Receive Credit For Religious Courses

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

In a "tremendous victory for religious education," a South Carolina court has ruled that students may receive credit for taking religious courses that...

High School To Remove Ten Commandments, Replace With Framed Textbook Page

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

A Virginia public high school will display a page from a history textbook depicting the Ten Commandments, according to a recent compromise. Origina...

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

Evolution in the Chaplain Corps?

Mike Farrell | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Today, a huge percentage of our military chaplains present themselves as fevered salesmen for a fundamentalist version of Christianity rather than as simple, caring souls with a willingness to listen and no attached quid pro quo.

Voices United: Music for Separation

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 08.25.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

Passion and music are powerful entities, and together they often have the power to change the world.

As Religious Officials Get Increasingly Political, IRS Remains Silent

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

* Evangelical ministers plan to endorse candidates * Churches intentionally putting tax-exempt status at risk * Catholic...

Complementarianism: Religion, Women's Work and the Economy

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Last week, Rick Santorum, a man more Catholic than the Pope, in an appeal to fundamentalist, Protestant evangelical voters, said of Mitt Romney, a com...

The Lies You'll Probably Be Hearing About MRFF and the Military Bibles

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.15.2012 | Media
Chris Rodda

Last week, we found out that all four branches of the military have now revoked permission from Holman Bible Publishers, a subsidiary of LifeWay, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, to use the official U.S. armed forces branch emblems on their military Bibles.

The Church Can't Win On Gay Marriage

Christina Patterson | Posted 08.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Christina Patterson

Gay men and women will soon be able to get married in this country, and so they should. They may even be able to get married in a church.

Do Progressive Politics And Pagan Activism Mix?

Anne Hill | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Anne Hill

Fighting a religious war is no way to maintain a democracy. It's not even a great way to maintain a religion. The challenge for Pagans, today and over the long haul, is to use our spiritual beliefs to galvanize us to action.

Human Evolution And The Sterility Of Creationism

Michael Ruse | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Ruse

The greatest crime is blocking our children from seeing what a wonderful world in which we humans live and how God's greatest gift was giving us the abilities to discover this world, however strange and terrifying it may seem at times.

Ten Commandments For Education Reform

Dan Ross | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Dan Ross

We must never forget that there is no task more sacred than teaching our children, and for this reason, people of faith can no longer stand idly by as our education system betrays our kids.

The Grim Reaper

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The poison seeps slowly into the future. No one notices. "The Obama administration," the Wall Street Journal informs us, "plans to arm Italy's fleet...

Politics Preaching Pastor Targeted By Church State Group

AP | DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An eastern Kentucky Baptist pastor troubled by President Barack Obama's views on gay marriage violated federal law when he urged hi...

Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you ...

The Irony Of Jewish American Heritage Month

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

While I agree in good measure with President Obama's statement and feel that our community is honored to have a heritage month of its own, I fear that such a month may reduce the religion-state separation that enabled the Jewish community to thrive in the first place.

How Dishonest Is David Barton? You Ain't Even Gonna Believe This One!

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.17.2012 | Media
Chris Rodda

Yesterday I came across one particular lie from David Barton that is so incredible that I just have to share it. For anyone who's ever wondered just how far Barton will go, I think this one answers that question.

Pseudo-Historian David Barton's New Jefferson Book is a Load of Crap -- and a Bestseller

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Chris Rodda

My book will be out pretty fast because of the wonders of on-demand printing, but in the meantime, here is my video debunking most of the lies in Barton's chapter about Jefferson and the University of Virginia.

Atheist Group Demands Removal Of 91 Year-Old Cross From Rhode Island Fire Department

Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion

A cross is at the center of another church and state controversy in Rhode Island. Earlier this year, Jessica Ahlquist, 16, successfully sued to r...

Marines Return to Being "Crusaders"

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Under new leadership, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 is going back to being the "Crusaders," complete with an insignia of a crusader shield with a big red cross on it and a crusader knight as its mascot.