A Look at the Key Players in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court Case About Government Prayer

We’re a month away from the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case that could decide the fate of invocation prayers at government meetings.

While you can read a comprehensive overview of what the case is all about here, PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly recently ran an excellent segment on the case — interviewing some of the major players on both sides — and it’s now available online:

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Atheist Group Counters Times Square Creationist Ad with One of Its Own

Earlier this week, Answers in Genesis and its Creationist leader Ken Ham began a $200,000 ad campaign that included a sign in New York’s Times Square reading “Thank God You’re Wrong,” a message to their “atheist friends”:

Today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation responded with a digital ad in the exact same space:



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Newspaper Editor Says He Won’t Publish Letters from Climate Change Deniers Because They’re Factually Inaccurate

The letters-to-the-editor page of any newspaper tends to be filled with kooks of all stripes, but the Los Angeles Times refuses to print letters with demonstrable lies, as one of its editors explained over the weekend:

Regular readers of The Times’ Opinion pages will know that, among the few letters published over the last week that have blamed the Democrats for the government shutdown (a preponderance faulted House Republicans), none made the argument about Congress exempting itself from Obamacare.

Why? Simply put, this objection to the president’s healthcare law is based on a falsehood, and letters that have an untrue basis (for example, ones that say there’s no sign humans have caused climate change) do not get printed.

They won’t print things that aren’t true?! As you would expect, conservative bloggers weren’t taking the news so well:



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Bryan Fischer Supports Corporal Punishment to Fix Our Public School

On Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer‘s radio show yesterday, he spent plenty of time explaining how spanking kids was a good idea (“the bottom is just designed by God for that. It’s designed to receive the ‘board of education’”)…

Which was just the prelude to him telling his public school teacher listeners — oh, I’m sure there are tons — that he empathized with them. He knows how hard it is to maintain order in the classroom. He knows the struggles we have to deal with. Which is why he supports bringing back corporal punishment:



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Malcolm Gladwell Opens Up About His Beliefs: I’m ‘Rediscovering My Own Faith Again’

Sarah Pulliam Bailey of Religion News Service interviewed Malcolm Gladwell, author of All Those Popular Books People Buy at the Airport including his latest hit David and Goliath, about his faith.

It turns out there’s a religious side to Gladwell we’ve never heard much about:

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