Is this Bible legislation legal? Quick, call and ask my pastor!

No fooling, the following lede comes not from the satire publication The Onion but from a real newspaper — the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Legislation that would make the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana cleared the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs with a vote of 8-5 Thursday afternoon. It will now [Read More...]

Where’s the other side in atheist lawsuit story?

Religion News Service had an interesting story recently about atheists challenging Uncle Sam over nonprofit financial reporting. It’s a pretty straightforward account: Nonbelievers are challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s special exemptions for religious organizations in a federal court in Kentucky, saying churches and other religious groups should have the same financial rules as other nonprofit groups. If they [Read More...]

Religion ghost in school voucher story?

School vouchers aren’t exactly a new concept. In my education reporting days — before I ascended to Godbeat heaven — I covered the Oklahoma City school system for The Oklahoman. In a front-page Sunday story in 1999, I highlighted the opposing viewpoints in Oklahoma at that time: In a nation that cherishes separation of church [Read More...]


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