Victory in Pennsylvania Ten Commandments Case

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I wrote a few weeks ago about my disappointment that a judge in Pennsylvania ruled that a Ten Commandments monument in front of a junior high school was unconstitutional but did not issue an injunction to remove it because the plaintiff had, after three years of litigation, moved on to another school and the case was thus moot. But my friend Andrew Seidel reports that the school board voted to remove it, and for a very good reason. … [Read more...]

Woman Ordered by Court to Undergo Christian Counseling

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A mother in New Mexico was ordered to counseling by the family court, but assigned her to a Christian counselor who insisted on starting their sessions with prayer. She asked the court to give her a different counselor, but they ignored the request. When she finally had enough and stopped going, she was found in contempt of court and lost custody of her 11-year old twin sons. … [Read more...]

AHA Chastises Proselytizing Teacher in Texas

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The American Humanist Association has sent a letter to the school district in Brownsville, Texas about a third grade teacher who preaches to students during class, telling them the only perfect person is Jesus and such. That same teacher has a foot tall cross in her classroom as well. Why do teachers think they can get away with this kind of thing? Because rarely does anyone complain, either because they agree or are terrified of taking massive abuse from the community if they did. … [Read more...]

AHA Fights For Man Sentenced to Attend AA Meetings

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My friends at the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center are defending a man in Washington who was ordered by a judge to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, an explicitly religious treatment program, as a condition of his parole. They are correctly arguing that this sentence is unconstitutional because ordering someone to attend religious meetings is a clear violation of the First Amendment. … [Read more...]

Judge Orders OK 10 Commandments Monument Gone in 30 Days

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The government of Oklahoma seems to have run out of options in trying to keep the Ten Commandments monument on their state capitol grounds. They lost all the way to the state supreme court, then lost a motion to reconsider before the state supreme court, and now the judge who initially heard the case has rejected another pointless motion to keep it there and ordered the monument removed within 30 days. … [Read more...]

Another Teacher Harasses Student Over Pledge of Allegiance

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Another day, another example of a school teacher who is totally ignorant of the Constitution and abuses the rights of a child who chooses not to say the Pledge of Allegiance. This time it's in New Town, North Dakota, where a teacher not only berated a first grade student for sitting down and staying quiet while the pledge was recited, but physically forced him out of his chair and made him stand up. … [Read more...]

Why You Don’t Give a Column to Ignorant Dudebros


Jason and David Benham, the dudebro frat boy poster children of anti-abortion extremist Flip Benham, were the last Christian martyrs du jour and now they're speaking up for today's flavor of the month martyr, Kim Davis. The Worldnetdaily gave these two lunkheads a weekly column, which they use to demonstrate just how emptyheaded they really are. Their latest column provides plenty of examples. … [Read more...]

Allen West Clueless About Thomas Jefferson

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Former war criminal Allen West is joining the chorus of right wing inanity about the Kim Davis situation, and he's adding in a pile of historical nonsense about Thomas Jefferson and separation of church and state. He flatly declares, but doesn't even attempt to support, that Jefferson's wall of separation was only designed to prevent having a king that was both head of state and head of the church. … [Read more...]

A Mass Baptism at a Public School Football Practice

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The link between sports and Christianity in this country is a very strong one, forged by groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action. There seems to be an almost endless supply of football coaches, especially, who think part of their job is to proselytize their players and convert them to Christianity. Here's another example out of Georgia, where they held a mass baptism at football practice. … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck’s Favorite New Wingnut


Glenn Beck has a favorite new right-wing activist, introduced to him by none other than David Barton. Alice Patterson is from Texas and she's affiliated with the self-declared prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation. She spoke at Rick Perry's big prayer rally. Beck says he's going to do a whole series of shows with her so everyone else can get a taste of her "wisdom." Right Wing Watch highlights some of her bizarre views: … [Read more...]

What Will Happen With the Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument?

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the Ten Commandments monument placed on the state capitol grounds a few years ago is a violation of the state constitution and they've reaffirmed that ruling when the state filed a motion to reconsider. But it's still up because the governor and the legislature have been playing games with it. A district court has now scheduled a hearing to determine what will happen to it. … [Read more...]

Court Rules Ten Commandments Monument Illegal, but Irrelevant

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Here's one of those very frustrating situations that happens a lot in church/state separation lawsuits. A federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument at the entrance of a public school is a violation of the Establishment Clause, but because the plaintiff has already graduated the ruling is mooted and no injunction to remove it has been issued. … [Read more...]