On Secular Uses Of Hallowing Halls

Daniel Fincke Academic Robes 2010

  A federal judge has ruled that a public school cannot hold its ceremony in a church building: [Bridgeport-based federal judge Janet] Hall ruled that use of the church for graduation violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, even though some of the symbols were to be covered. Earlier this year, members of the Enfield Board of [Read More...]

Greenwood High School Valedictorian Eric Workman Stands Up For Separation Of Church And State

Thanks to Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist, here is a portion of  the inspiring speech from the valedictorian of Greenwood High School, where the school administration let the students vote that they could have a graduation prayer, only to have this plan challenged by the class valedictorian, with whom the courts sided: You may not [Read More...]

On Attempts To Ban Controversial Scholars From Entering The US

From the ACLU’s blog of rights: In a victory for free speech and academic discourse, last week the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision upholding the government’s exclusion of Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan from the United States. Professor Ramadan, a leading scholar of the Muslim world, was offered a tenured professorship at [Read More...]

Consigning Minority Rights To Majority Vote Would Make Constitution Unnecessary

David Boies sums up the case he and Ted Olson are making in favor of a constitutional right to gay marriage: Countries as Catholic as Spain, as different as Sweden and South Africa, and as near as Canada have embraced gay and lesbian marriage without any noticeable effect — except the increase in human happiness [Read More...]


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