Gage Pulliam: Oklahoma’s Defender of Separation of Church and State

Anne here … The Freedom From Religion Foundation does more than write letters and file lawsuits. Last Monday the Muldrow, Oklahoma public schools confirmed that it has permanently removed Ten Commandment plaques from all of its classrooms. Theocratic parents, of course, complain that after allowing the signs to stay up for twenty years, taking them [Read More...]

It’s Not OK to Pray at Public School Graduations

Anne here… Graduation seems to be one of those times during the school year when religion rears its head and wants to elbow its way into the public square, disseminating itself messily all over unwilling captive audiences. This year is no exception. The Freedom from Religion Foundation got involved in an Arkansas case recently, writing [Read More...]

Another High School Student Makes a Stand

Yesterday, another high school student sued her school for pushing religion on kids. She is remaining anonymous, but her 18-year-old friend Alexis Smith is not. Alexis recently graduated from the Northwest Rankin High School in Mississippi’s Rankin County School District. Since the student is a minor at 16, she has to sue through someone of [Read More...]

When Religious Freedom Isn’t Freedom

Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, a bill designed to prohibit the government from interfering with any religious liberties. The Kansas law was drafted in the style of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said RFRA could not be applied to [Read More...]

Kermit Gosnell – Baby Killer or Public Servant?

Because he was brought up today in a comment on an older post, let’s talk about Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is the doctor currently on trial in Pennsylvania on murder charges (among others)  because of  practices at his abortion clinic. In January 2011, Gosnell charged with eight counts of murder resulting from gross medical malpractice in treatment of [Read More...]

FFRF FTW!

It’s great to win without even having to threaten to file suit. That’s what The Freedom From Religion Foundation manages to do on a regular basis. All it takes is a complaint and a little proof, and FFRF will contact an offending government entity and ask, firmly but politely, that the religious material be removed [Read More...]

Same Sex Marriage Update – The Week in Review

I don’t want to write about a whole week of legal fighting on this topic, because bigotry bores me today. Instead, I suggest we celebrate Uruguay, which just became the third country in the Americas and the twetfth in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. +++ But, in reality, I have to report how crappy [Read More...]

Reproductive Rights Update – The Week in Review

This year’s spate of abuses in state legislatures eclipses any other in recent memory. Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, North Dakota, Virginia, North Carolina… the dearth of responsible lawmakers is apparently a congenital disease spreading like a plague throughout the country. In an era where we still have to have commissions at the international level to discuss [Read More...]

The Hyde Amendment is Still Bad, Discriminatory Federal Law

The Center for Reproductive Rights voiced disappointment yesterday with President Barack Obama’s proposed FY2014 budget, which retains a ban on coverage for abortion in the Medicaid program except under extremely limited circumstances, a policy also known as the Hyde Amendment. However, the budget included two positive steps to promote equal health care coverage for some women, [Read More...]

Pseudoscience Activism – The Week in Review

Hell may have just frozen over, if it exists. I wish that was my headline, but in fact, the New York Daily News gets the credit. Why has hell frozen over? Because a majority of Republicans now accept climate change as real. Not that they think they personally will ever be affected, mind you, according [Read More...]