Fischer Triples Down on Contradictory First Amendment Meaning

Bryan Fischer has a long history of contradicting himself on the meaning of the First Amendment religion clauses. If it involves an establishment clause claim, the First Amendment applies only to Congress; when it involves a free exercise claim, it applies to the states. Shall we see what's behind door #3? … [Read more...]

Staver and Barber Lie About Franklin and Prayer

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, and his little buddy Matt "Gilligan" Barber, told a whopper of a lie on their radio show, a lie that has been debunked time and time and time again regarding Ben Franklin and prayers at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Warren Throckmorton has the relevant transcript: … [Read more...]

Hice: God Gave America to Christians

David Barton hosted another of his "Congressional Pastor's Briefings" on Capitol Hill (they take place every month) and Rep. Jody Hice from Georgia told the group that God gave the United States to Christians and it's their "turf." … [Read more...]

Christians in OK House Still Marking Their Territory

They put up a Ten Commandments statue on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The OK Supreme Court struck it down. They appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which turned them down. They tried many ways to get around the ruling. And now they're trying again. … [Read more...]

Jackson Wants to Teach Christianity in Schools

E.W. Jackson, preacher and former candidate for lt. governor of Virginia, has a radio show. He frequently says really, really stupid things on that radio show. The latest example is this ignorant, inane screed on why public schools should teach Christianity, in response to those After School Satan clubs. … [Read more...]

Barry Lynn is Retiring

For all of my adult life as an activist, one of the best and most effective leaders has been Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Barry is now stepping down and into a life of well-deserved retirement. … [Read more...]

AHA Wins Lawsuit on Religious Field Trips

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center won a major victory in Joplin, Missouri, where the public schools regularly took students on field trips to a Christian sports ministry. The court granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. … [Read more...]

Starnes Has a Sad Over Ten Commandments Settlement

Todd Starnes, Fox News' professional hysteric, is upset that a public school in Pennsylvania has settled a suit and agreed to take down a Ten Commandments monument. And he's spouting his usual ridiculous rhetoric over the whole thing while putting his hypocrisy on display. … [Read more...]

PA Ten Commandments Case Settles

One of the two major cases involving Ten Commandments monuments at public schools in Pennsylvania that have led to FFRF lawsuits in recent years has been settled, with the plaintiffs getting what they want, including their legal fees paid. … [Read more...]

6th Circuit: Christian-only Legislative Prayer is Unconstitutional

Here's a church/state case from right here in Michigan that I wasn't aware of. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Jackson County Commission's prayers to open meetings, done by commissioners and always Christian, were a violation of the Establishment Clause. … [Read more...]

Klingenschmitt Calls Former Navy Boss His ‘Spiritual Rapist’

Gordon Klingenschmitt ran for the office of vice chairman of the El Paso County GOP in Colorado. He was soundly defeated. But he heard a rumor that his former superior officer in the Navy, Chaplain Norm Holcomb, was going to speak against him so he went on the attack. … [Read more...]

No, Public Facilities Cannot Refuse to Allow Use by Religious Groups

Here's another case where a government facility that offers its property for use by community groups doesn't get that they can't then say "but no religious groups." This issue was settled, unanimously, by the Supreme Court nearly three decades ago. And this case is here in Michigan. … [Read more...]