Liberty Law School Dean Goes Full-On Theocrat

Church and State

Rena Lindevaldsen, the interim dean of the Liberty University Law School (replacing Mat Staver, who stepped down a few months ago), has gone full-on theocrat. In a speech to students at that university, she bluntly declared that the government has no authority to pass any law or enforce any decision that goes against (her own interpretation of) the Bible. RJ Rushdoony would be so proud of her. … [Read more...]

FFRF Wants Jesus Picture Removed From Kentucky Courthouse

Church and State

Public schools are not the only government buildings where they're putting up portraits of Jesus these days. The courthouse in Breathitt County, Kentucky also has a picture of Jesus hanging in the hallway. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters asking that it be removed, but they have all been ignored, unsurprisingly. I hope they can find a plaintiff with standing to challenge it. … [Read more...]

Latest Grand Haven Cross Lawsuit Dismissed

Grand Haven Ruling

A state district court judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to require the city of Grand Haven, less than an hour from where I live, to display a giant cross on public property. They had done so for decades, but the threat of a suit from some friends against that persuaded the city council to get rid of it. A bunch of local residents then filed suit saying this somehow violated their rights. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court to Kim Davis: No Stay for You!


In terribly unsurprising news, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay on the district court's injunction requiring her to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That leaves only one option left, asking Justice Elena Kagan to issue a stay and the chances of that happening are slim and none and slim is on her summer vacation. … [Read more...]

Tired of Democrats and Republicans? Vote for the Christian Party

Church and State

A Tennessee man, apparently thinking that the Republican Party, or even the Constitution Party, just aren't quite Christian enough for him, has formed the Christian Party and declared himself a candidate for president. Darrell Trigg is running on a plainly theocratic platform, though not as extreme as the Constitution Party, which is made up mostly of Christian Reconstructionists. … [Read more...]

Another Absolutely Clueless Teacher in Mississippi

Church and State

I think maybe we need some sort of tote board to keep track of all of the Establishment Clause violations committed by teachers and school administrators in Mississippi, but it might need to have at least 8 digits on it. Here's yet another example, a teacher in the town of Purvis who keeps a prayer request board in her classroom and writes down the names of students she's praying for on it. The American Humanist Association is rightly getting involved: … [Read more...]

Jesus Picture Removed From School, Lots of Stupid Flows

Church and State

After a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, school officials in Chanute, Kansas have removed a portrait of Jesus (or some white guy some people imagine is Jesus) from Royster Middle School in that town. Naturally, the locals are up in arms over it and making all the usual dumb arguments for why it's totally okay for it to be there. Because ya'll need Jesus, people, and that's all that matters. … [Read more...]

FFRF Launches Project to Combat College Football Chaplains

Church and State

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a comprehensive report on the use of Christian chaplains by college football teams, especially the coercive nature of such positions in proselytizing young men who are seeking the coach's favor. The report points to more than two dozen universities that have chaplains for their football programs, including Georgia, where the chaplain, also the coach's brother-in-law, makes no bones about the fact that he is there to convert the players. … [Read more...]

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Abbott v Texas Protestants


Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is Catholic, so this weekend he posted a picture of the Virgin Mary on his Facebook page to mark the day of Assumption, the day that Catholics believe Jesus' mother entered heaven. This did not amuse his Protestant fans, a huge number of whom undoubtedly voted him into office, and they unleashed holy hell on his Facebook page in the comments. … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck: All God, All the Time


Glenn Beck is trying to get everyone excited for his latest rally, this one in Birmingham, Alabama, to save the world from...well, from something. He put on a webinar with David Barton and others to encourage ministers to come and to bring their flock with them. Amusingly, he declared himself a "secular broadcaster" but says he's "almost all God now because we're out of time." God is drawing a line in the sand, you see, and Beck must be the prophet who warns everyone. … [Read more...]

Rafael Cruz, Wrong as Always

Ted Cruz' father Rafael is like a fountain of ignorance and dishonesty. PolitiFact decided to fact check one of the claims he often makes, that prior to the Supreme Court rulings in 1962 and 1963 every school had mandatory prayer and Bible reading. Here is specifically what he said: … [Read more...]

Americans United Wants Equal Access in Michigan City

Grand Haven, Michigan is a wonderful town right on Lake Michigan that seems to have a church/state problem on their hands. They've got a giant cross on a hydraulic lift in a public park overlooking the lake and Americans United for Separation of Church and State says they have to either take it down or make it an open forum. … [Read more...]