Prayer Discontinued from Town Council Meetings — Overreacting Christians Don’t Understand the Constitution or Inclusion

Recently in Longview, Washington, an atheist named Dan L. Smith threatened legal action against the local town council for their refusal to discontinue religious invocations at their meetings.  This threat came after years of emailing the council members and their refusal to take action.  As a result, Mayor Don Jensen has instructed the group that meetings cannot begin with a prayer mentioning Jesus Christ, but rather, may make a mention to god in order to keep the prayer general enough… Read more

Pushing Your Religion Onto Your Employees: Why would that ever be ok?

Yet another private company has sued for the right to push their religious dogma onto their employees — this time in President Obama’s home state of Illinois.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Triune Health Group, an employer of about 80 workers, has filed suit in an effort to exercise a fictitious “right” to withhold contraceptive health care to its employees.  The Catholic owners of the company claim that the Affordable Care Act is infringing on the free exercise of their religion.  Stories like this… Read more

Iowa GOP Introducing Bill to Limit Divorce… Because of Teenagers’ Raging Hormones?

No, this is not from The Onion… This week, Republicans in the Iowa House used personal experiences to draft a bill preventing parents of minors from getting divorced under the ‘no fault’ clause.  Currently, the no fault clause is present in all 50 states and effectively says that couples can get divorced without having to provide a reason for it other than irreconcilable differences.  The proposed Iowa law would remove the no fault clause, only for parents of minors, and… Read more

Texas House Resolution Calls for ‘God’ and Ten Commandments in Schools

Reposted from Texas House resolution calls for ‘God’ and Ten Commandments in schools (via Raw Story ) A Republican state lawmaker in Texas has filed a formal resolution calling for Christian religious dogma — including the word “God” and the Ten Commandments — to be used in the state’s public schools.The resolution filed by state Rep. Phil Stephenson (R) on Monday asserts that all schools should display the Ten Commandments because the Republican Party Platform says that “public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in… Read more

Defending Darwin: Six states endangering US science education

Just over 200 years ago today, a man was born whose scientific findings would be the subject of fierce debates and turn creationism folklore on its head.  Charles Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection suggested that all organisms on earth descended from a common ancestor.  This contradicted schools of thought related to Lamarck’s transmutation theory and religious teachings that suggested all species were created at relatively the same time. More than 150 years after the publishing of On the… Read more

The Second Amendment Doesn’t Say You Can Own Any Gun You Want

As the funerals and memorial services take place in Newton, CT, the recent school shooting is still fresh in all of our minds.  Partly because the news media won’t report on anything else, but that’s a topic for another day.  There have been countless media reports, blog posts, Facebook discussions, and dinner table debates around who was to blame and how to prevent another incident like this and the many that have come before it.  The unfortunate truth is that… Read more

David Barton’s Book Pulled For Falsifying US History to Fit Evangelical Agenda

David Barton’s latest book, “The Jefferson Lies,” has been pulled by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson and disgraced by the academic community.  Barton overstepped the boundaries of respectable reporting by fabricating countless “facts” about Jefferson’s life, views, and goals for the Unites States.  This action was the direct result of a statement by readers of the The History News Network of George Mason University.  They called it “the least credible history book in print.” Barton is an evangelical activist and writer,… Read more

Christians and Muslims Join Forces on a Common Obsession: Hotel Porn

Once again, fundamentalist theologians are attempting to invade the right to individual privacy.  Two well-respected religious scholars have collaborated to attempt to end access to adult movie channels in hotel rooms.  Setting aside their theological differences, Dr. Robert George, The McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals Institutions at Princeton University, and past chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, teamed with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf from Zaytunga College.  When theological differences were mentioned, Yusuf told CNN,… Read more

Missouri Amendment 2 Gives Kids a Free Pass Out of Class

On Tuesday, August 7th, Missouri voters have an opportunity to vote “Yes” and choose to spend tax dollars on costly litigation for the “right to pray,” supporters of this proposed amendment argue. The advocates seek to impose narrow religious values into a public venue. However, since the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 5 of the Missouri Constitution already protect the right to religious discussion and prayer, what is this vote really about? “Public school students… Read more

IRS Warns Religious Institutions — Will They Back It Up?

Recently, an IRS official warned church pastors attending the Faith Leaders Summit meeting in Washington that endorsing candidates or contributing to campaigns could result in revocation of the church’s tax-exempt status.  Basically what this means is that a pastor can do whatever they want as a private citizen, but endorsing, speaking against, campaigning for, or giving money to a candidate as a representative of their religious organization is prohibited.  Many of us are aware that this sort of endorsement inside… Read more

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