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IRS Agrees to Monitor Churches for Electioneering
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The Internal Revenue Ser ...

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. ...

House Considers a Prayer Plaque at WWII Monument; Interfaith Coalition Says 'No'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

An interfaith coalition has again asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a prayer plaque at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. An interfaith coalition has ag ...

Calif. City Torn by Multiple fights Over Public Crosses
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

A California resort town, already reeling from a legal fight over the placement of memorial crosses at a minor league baseball stadium, is now engaged in another round of bitter acrimony over the display of cr ...

The Two Jacks: Contrasting Takes on C.S. Lewis and JFK’s Public and Private Faiths
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

In November of 1963, C. S. “Jack” Lewis knew he was dying. In November of 1963, C. S. “Jack” Lewis knew he was dying. The Irish-born literary scholar, children’s author, and Chri ...

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. ...

Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In a report sent Wednesday to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religiou ...

On Scripture: Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

Eleven legislators, all white male Christians, backed a bill to codify Christianity in state law, saying the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not trump the state’s rights. The effort died a quick ...

Atheists to Unveil First Monument to Unbelief on Public Land
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

After years of fights over religious monuments on public land, a county courthouse in Northern Florida will soon be the home of the nation’s first monument to atheism on public property. ...

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Prayer at Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 8:20am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings — a practice that’s been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries. ...

Atheists Sue IRS for Failure to Monitor Church Politicking
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. ...

Mixing Faith into Public Life?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

I believe that our missional activity in the world as church should lead to transformation not only of individual lives, but of society itself. But how does this take place? How do we engage society without b ...

Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Case Against ‘Under God’
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a non-religious family that's challenging the mandatory daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in their children’s classro ...

Baptist Leader Stands His Political Ground Amidst Akin Furor
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

Late last week, a church-state watchdog group in Washington filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing Don Hinkle, who is the Missouri Baptist Convention's director of public policy, wit ...

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 ...

Does the Contraception Mandate Really Kill Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration’s policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Aug. 1 — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings fr ...

Atheist Files Complaint Over Pennsylvania Restaurant’s Discount for Churchgoers
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

A Pennsylvania resident filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission claiming a 22-year-old restaurant should not give discounts based on religion. LANCASTER ...

David Barton: You’re Poor Because You Don’t Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

David Barton is known for his “out there” claims, but his most recent is a keeper. Those who wish the see the wall of separation between church and state burned down have a rather ...

Did Pastor Charles Worley Break the Law?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Some believe Charles Worley did more than just smear the image of the Christian faith and denigrate an entire cross-section of the population; some suggest he actually broke the law from the pulpit. ...

Ten Commandments Judge Wants His Old Job Back
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 6:18am | Type: Blog

MOBILE, Ala. — You might think a candidate's ouster from the post he is seeking to regain would play a central role in a statewide election. Yet Republican Roy Moore's forced exit, almost a decad ...

The Court Has Spoken. Now What?: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

The only way for a civil fact finder to evaluate these claims is to try to assess the quality of the sermons, their consistency with scripture, and the nature of the minister’s spiritual leadership within the ...

Lawmakers Angry Over Loss of "God" From Air Force Logo
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for "God" from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office. Dozens of members of ...

Haley Barbour's Unintentional Lesson: Keep Religion and Governance Separate
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

To my eyes, Gov. Barbour unfairly (and illegally?) predetermined who was eligible to be pardoned based upon their professing the adoption of his religion. Suppose there are two in ...

The "War" on Christmas: And Then They Came for the Poinsettias
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Forget about that creche on the town green or the menorah outside the public library that the nice folks from Lubavitch Chabad will light for the first time tonight. Now the Special Ops Humbug Unit of the War ...

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 ...

Working for the Kingdom of God: A Defense
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, I am against the idea of a state c ...

Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a blog posted on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/we-have-our-brother-back/" target="_blank">God's Politics on September 14, 2010</a>, I wrote that I rejoiced th ...