March 11, 2013

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

March 5, 2013

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

February 28, 2013

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

February 12, 2013

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

December 18, 2012

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

August 24, 2012

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

August 9, 2012

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

August 6, 2012

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

June 4, 2012

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

April 22, 2012

More than 85 years after the Scopes trial in Tennessee, the state is again making headlines for its science education practices. Recently, a bill was passed by the state house and senate that will allow science teachers to insert their own curriculum into the fold, exposing students to whatever brand of “science education” their particular teachers feel is relevant. According to the explanation in The Tennessean, “it encourages students to question accepted scientific theories — listing as examples evolution, the… Read more

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