U.S. Dept. of Justice to Supreme Court: If Mount Soledad Cross is Ruled Unconstitutional, We Will Defend It

I can’t believe we’re still having a conversation about the Mount Soledad cross. But it looks like the U.S. Government wants to defend it, so we have to keep talking about it.

A quick recap: This controversy, which began nearly 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.

It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego — a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. After the now-deceased Philip Paulson challenged the cross’ constitutionality more than two decades ago and after atheist Steve Trunk took up the case a few years ago, atheists have generally prevailed in the court system. In 2012, the Supreme Court declined to hear any more challenges from Christian groups, putting the future of the cross back in the hands of lower courts.



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Ohio Mayor Puts Large Crosses Back Up on City Building Because, He Says, “I’m Allowed To” During the Month of Easter

Late last year, months after received a warning from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the mayor of Stratton, Ohio, John Abdalla, reluctantly took down the crosses that had adorned the Stratton Village Municipal Building for more than 20 years:



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Minnesota GOP Candidate Is Running For Congress Because School-Taught Evolution Made His Daughter Cry

Minnesota resident Aaron Miller has two daughters. As a concerned father, he wants to shield them from the burdens of learning about evolution. So Miller, a conservative, is running for Congress — not just for his own kids, but for the benefit of other people’s evolution-averse offspring too. Part of his plank:

“There’s a war on our values by the government. We should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington, D.C.”



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Louisiana Legislator: We Shouldn’t Adopt King James Bible As State Book Because It’s Not Inclusive of All Christians

We learned a couple of weeks ago that Louisiana Republican State Rep. Thomas Carmody wants to turn a copy of the King James Bible into the official state book:

Yesterday afternoon, the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8-5 in favor of sending the bill to the full House — but many of the committee members had a problem with the legislation.

About damn time, right? Surely someone there would be a voice of reason, explaining how the KJV, a Bible that not even all Christians use, shouldn’t be the official book for a diverse state!

And that voice of reason was Rep. Stephen Ortego:

“Let’s make this more inclusive of other Christian faiths, more than just the ones that use the King James version.”



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Pseudohistorian David Barton Cites Bible Passage About Driving Out Demons as Inspiration for the U.S. Constitution

The team at Right Wing Watch has a game going on where they just watch every speech given by Christian pseudohistorian David Barton just to see what new lies he’ll tell next. The most recent one is so far-fetched, it’s amazing that even his already-gullible audiences haven’t called him out on it yet.

In a speech given at the Victory Christian Center in Austin, Texas last month, Barton explained how the Founding Fathers cited the Bible, specifically Luke 11:20, as the reason we have a written Constitution in our country.



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