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Atheists Want You to Sit Down for the Pledge of Allegiance
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Sit down and shut up. That’s the message of a campaign launched Sept. 8 by the  American Humanist Association , asking Americans to refrain from standing and reciting  the Pledge of Allegiance  until Congress removes the phrase “under God.” Th ...

Christian Group Denied Recognition at Two Dozen College Campuses
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians a ...

The Cross on Mount Soledad Can Stay — For Now
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. The decades-long b ...

Supreme Court Says 'No' to Public School Graduations in Church
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch. ...

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling May Spur New Alliances
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian prayers at public meetings dealt a body blow to atheist organizations. This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian pray ...

Town Prayers: What Does the Supreme Court Mean By 'Coercion'?
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a city, town, or county could open its regular meetings with a sectarian (that is, Christian) prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. ...

You Can’t Point a Person to Christ with a Gun
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

A growing trend in evangelism among some more conservative churches is to promise people a gun in exchange for attendance. During the Crusades, conversion by the sword was a commo ...

A Parched Patch of Prejudice
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedom requires free rein for legalized discrimination. Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedo ...

Humanists Warn Public Schools over Franklin Graham’s ‘Operation Christmas Child’
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

An organization of nonbelievers is threatening legal action against public schools that participate in an evangelical Christian charity that delivers Christmas toys to poor children. ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with How 'Religious' Prayer Should Be at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with a case that asks whether government bodies can open with prayers that some people find overly religious and excluding. The Supreme Court ...

Conservatives Say Censorship has Increased on Facebook, iTunes
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Todd Starnes did not think he had violated Facebook’s community standards when he posted about “wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce swee ...

House Passes Bill Requiring FEMA to Deliver Storm Aid to Houses of Worship
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Following more than 200 houses of worship being denied FEMA aid following Superstorm Sandy, on Feb. 13, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 592 with a vote of 354-72, to clarify that houses of worship are ...

Something to Celebrate on Religious Freedom Day
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Celebrate because our government does not use our tax dollars to propagate religion, something Jefferson found “sinful and tyrannical.” Today is Religious Freedom Day — a day t ...

Judge Blocks New Orleans Law that Prevents Preaching in French Quarter
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a city law that was recently used to arrest Christian evangelists who were preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, the annual celebration o ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

No Need to Fear
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Not too long ago someone warned me that our government would soon “come after churches that don't toe the party line.” Another told me that our government was out to destroy the Christian faith. I think t ...

Missouri to Vote on Prayer Amendment as Critics Warn of Legal Nightmares
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Missourians will vote on Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that supporters say would protect residents' right to pray in public. If a recent poll is any indication, it could pass b ...

A Hire Law for Churches
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Melissa Rogers The Supreme Court decision on the ministerial exception deserves a "hosanna" — and prayerful consideration. ...

We Must Protect Conscience from War
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Just as some religious organizations and individuals object to their taxes paying for contraception or abortion, being forced to pay for war is also a violation of religious freedom and conscience. But there i ...

SOPA: Why It Was So Dark Around Here Yesterday
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Certainly the Internet has a seedy underbelly, from spammers and basement-dwelling sport hackers to illicit businesses and toxic enterprises. But who polices it? Who’s the Internet Sheriff? ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:24am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments this week in one of the most important church-state cases in decades. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begi ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

Is the Cordoba House "Insensitive"?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">"Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. "Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right ...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There is one thing the opponents of the Cordoba Initiative (that plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero) have in common with the Cordoba Initiative's leadership: their clear con ...

Free Speech vs. Fundamentalist Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few days back, small groups of college students at <a href="http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/shift-chalks-depictions-of-muhammad-1.2263827">Northwestern</a>,<a href="http ...

Campaign Finance Outrage: Democracy for the Highest Bidder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663714046_sJ4m9"></a>Yesterday's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/politic ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Good News Break: It's Now Legal to Feed Poor People in Orlando
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory A. Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory A. Presnell struck down the City of Orlando's "Large Group Feeding Ordin ...