Republican Rick Brattin Wants To Ruin Science Education in Missouri

Rick Brattin, a Republican state representative in Missouri, has sponsored a bill (HB 1227) that would require “equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design.” What would that entail? Course textbooks contain approximately an equal number of pages of relevant material teaching each viewpoint. Textbook materials include text, pictures, illustrations, graphs, tables, questions, [Read More...]

Those Republicans in Indiana Would Be Fine With This, Right?

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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...]


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