Court Rules That Oklahoma’s Anti-Islamic Amendment Is Probably Unconstitutional

On Tuesday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed the likely unconstitutionality (PDF) of a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma constitution. The proposed amendment, called — I kid you not — the “Save Our State” Amendment, commands that courts “shall not look to the precepts of other nations or cultures” and would have prohibited judges from [Read More...]

Memo to Indiana Republicans: Reciting the Lord’s Prayer in School Won’t Make Students Better Citizens

Three Republican state senators in Indiana have a plan to fix public education in the state: Have someone recite the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of every school day. Really. It’s Senate Bill No. 25 (PDF): In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen, [Read More...]

Support for a Mosque from an Unusual Source

There’s a controversy looming in Tippecanoe County, Indiana over whether or not the city council should give their approval for the building of an Islamic center. In response to that, Steve Viars offers his support: Some residents from our community expressed concern over this decision, essentially suggesting that the approval was un-American. I think the [Read More...]

Arizona Governor Sued Over Constitutionality of ‘Day of Prayer’

Last Tuesday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued (PDF) to prevent Arizona Governor Jan Brewer from holding another Day of Prayer: FFRF claims that the Day of Prayer proclamation violates Article II, Section 12 in the Arizona Constitution… No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to [Read More...]

Federal Government Wastes $666,000 To Study the Effectiveness of Praying Away AIDS

Last month, the Chicago Tribune released a review of the National Institute of Health’s allocation of research funds. The results are equally infuriating and disheartening. Among other dubious, implausible propositions, NIH funded research of whether distant prayer can remedy the symptoms of AIDS. I’m sure I don’t need to tell my more astute readers what [Read More...]


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