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  • MSNBC's Reid Suggests Cruz Would Establish Evangelical 'National Church'

    02/13/2016 9:15:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Liberals love to "find" things in the Constitution that simply aren't there. The most egregious example is the right to abortion that the Supreme Court claimed to discover in Roe v. Wade. Another liberal myth is that the Constitution provides for the "separation of church and state." MSNBC's Joy Reid today told the Rev. Mike Gonzalez, head of Ted Cruz's evangelical movement in South Carolina, that "separation of church and state is not a myth, it's a constitutional fact." What's worse, Reid alleged that as president, Cruz would "ignore" the part of the Constitution prohibiting the establishment of a national...
  • Scalia: Establishment clause doesn’t require government to favor secularism over religion

    01/04/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Which is obvious to anyone not intentionally misreading it. The real news here is not that Antonin Scalia said this, but that it’s the slightest bit controversial. But that’s not something that happened overnight. The secular left and their media servants have spent decades pushing the idea that the establishment clause is about protecting the non-religious from maniacal Jesus freaks - especially the nightmare scenario in which the Jesus freaks get a job with any public entity and are guided in any decision by biblical principles. Scalia is a man who actually knows about the founding of the nation and...
  • Does Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Risk Violating the Constitution's Establishment Clause?

    07/17/2015 8:31:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/17/2015 | David French
    Yesterday, Slates Mark Joseph Stern wrote a piece that mainly disagrees with my (orthodox Christian) belief that homosexual sex is morally wrong as is all sexual intercourse outside of marriage. Im shocked shocked that a liberal writer on LGBT issues would take issue with my rather conventional Christian world view. What I did find interesting, however, was this statement: His thesis is that homosexuality is like abortion: an evil to be combatted, anathema to basic Christian values. Gay marriage is wrong, he suggests, because gay sex is wrongan immoral choice, not an aspect of an immutable...
  • Freedom From Truth: FFRF is beyond all reason

    09/19/2014 7:47:30 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 9 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Freedom From Truth: FFRF is beyond all reason by Daniel Clark Our purpose is to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, At least thats what Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a thinly veiled threat to the Allegheny County Council, to dissuade it from installing a plaque in the county courthouse that says In God We Trust. That principle, like everything else the FFRF stands for, is a lie. If Gaylor and friends can point to anything in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits a Pittsburgh courthouse from acknowledging God, this particular resident...
  • Supreme Court justice agrees: First Amendment limits only Congress

    05/10/2014 11:00:08 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 10, 2014 | By Bryan Fischer
    I have argued since I first began writing and speaking on this issue that the First Amendment restrains only the actions of Congress. The first word in the First Amendment, after all, is the word "Congress." "Congress shall make no law..." The Founders quite intentionally were not imposing restraints on what a state could do in offering prayers before legislative assemblies, or what a city could do in erecting Ten Commandments monuments, or what a school could do in offering prayer and Bible reading over the intercom or at graduation. Congress and Congress alone is bound down by the chains...
  • Louisiana Closer to Making Bible Official State Book After Bill Passes House Committee

    04/14/2014 1:19:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/14/2014 | Katherine Webber
    The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8 to 5 to pass the legislation, entitled House Bill 503. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport), argues that the purpose of the bill is not to establish an official religion in the state, but rather to reflect America's history and founding principles as outlined by the country's Founding Fathers. "It's not to the exclusion of anyone else's sacred literature," he told the House committee, according to The Associated Press. Carmody added later: "This is not about establishing an official religion of the state of Louisiana." When one lawmaker...
  • Students Take Field Trip to Mosque, Receive Koran

    09/17/2013 12:47:44 PM PDT · by walford · 27 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | Sep 17, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    ...some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue. ...There was one page on the sayings of Jesus, two-thirds of a page on the sayings of Gandhi, and five pages on Muhammed. ...The author also stated that minorities conquered by the Muslims were treated better than minorities living in the United States.
  • Judge Tosses Atheist Lawsuit Seeking to Remove In God We Trust From American Currency

    09/13/2013 1:31:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Christian News ^ | September 13, 2013
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed earlier this year that sought to remove the motto ‘In God We Trust’ from American currency.As previously reported, well-known atheist Michael Newdow, who has filed numerous suits challenging the mixture of God and government, submitted a complaint in the Southern District of New York this past March, asserting that the motto violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution as it serves to proselytize unbelievers.“[T]he American dollar travels all over the world, into every country of the world, and frequently gets behind the Iron Curtain, and if it...
  • Michigan Professor Strips Naked In Class, Shouts 'There Is No (Expletive Deleted) God'

    10/02/2012 8:54:02 AM PDT · by profit_guy · 179 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 02, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    The rigors of teaching apparently got to Michigan State University professor John McCarthy Monday. According to multiple sources, the math teacher stripped naked in the middle of his Calculus 1 class and started shouting obscenities.
  • After Jarrett Rips Republicans From Pulpit, Scarborough Slams MSM Double Standard

    01/17/2012 6:48:07 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Sunday, top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett used the pulpit of Martin Luther King Jr.'s old church in Atlanta to launch a partisan political attack, calling out Republicans for refusing to support another Obama spending scheme. Jarrett appeared on today's Morning Joe. Mika Brzezinski broached the subject of Jarrett's in-church remarks. But instead of questioning the propriety of using the pulpit for such partisan purposes, Brzezinski simply offered Jarrett an opportunity to repeat her attack on Republicans. Joe Scarborough later pointed out the huge MSM double standardobserving how the New York Times and Washington Post would have been whining about...
  • North Carolina University Puts Out List of 'Gay-Friendly' Churches

    08/15/2011 1:54:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies ^ | August 15, 2011
    A North Carolina state university has put out a list of approved "gay-friendly" churches for faculty and students raising concerns by at least one professor that taxpayers are inadvertently involved in "telling people where to go to church." An office with the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus began circulating the list late last month. It was compiled as part of a broader guide to gay-friendly businesses, nonprofits, health centers and other services in the area. The "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied students, faculty, staff, and alumni" office described the document as a "local resource guide" for...
  • Does Obama Support The Separation Of Mosque And State? (Per Herman Cain's Words On Sharia Law)

    06/23/2011 5:22:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    6/23/2011 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Establishment Clause says that "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Liberals interpret this as "Separation of church and state," while constitutional conservatives interpret this as meaning that there can be no official state religion. Regardless of how you interpret this, allowing Sharia Law within the U.S. would be incompatable with either interpretation. Some might say that states can make exceptions for Sharia Law, but that would reopen what once was: states can have official state religions or allow for recognition of particilar denominational beliefs, which was practiced at one...
  • Supreme Court Urged to Decide Case Involving Roadside Crosses in Utah

    04/22/2011 9:26:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 22, 2011 | Susan Jones
    ( - If a recent appeals court decision is not overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Christian cross could soon become an unconstitutional symbol -- even in places like Arlington Cemetery, a conservative advocacy group warns. The case, Davenport v. American Atheists, Inc., may very well be the most important religious liberty case in decades, the Family Research Council said. The case dates to 2005, when an atheist group sued the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Transportation Department, arguing that roadside memorial crosses honoring fallen state troopers constitute a state establishment of religion. The memorials are fully funded...
  • Florida School Bans Christmas And Christmas Colors

    12/02/2010 8:12:46 AM PST · by massmike · 66 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/02/2012 | Jim Hoft
    It begins A Florida school not only banned Christmas but banned everything associated with Christmas including Christmas colors Because someone might be offended.
  • The Portland Bomber

    11/29/2010 8:10:39 AM PST · by bray · 17 replies · 1+ views
    examiner ^ | 11/29/10 | bray
    I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the LOVE of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Rom 15:30 There was one person at the Portland Christmas Tree lighting who understood the spiritual importance that Christmas Tree lighting represented. When Mohamed Osman Mohamud shouted Allah Akbar and pushed the button on his fake bomb expecting to blow up thousands of Infidels he was attacking the one real enemy of Islam, Jesus Christ. Never mind Pioneer Square in Portland has outlawed any mention of Christ or even the name Holiday,...
  • Mosque Money Shocker (Outrage; unmitigated gall)

    11/22/2010 6:48:33 AM PST · by La Lydia · 47 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | November 23, 2010 | John Avalon
    Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from Ground Zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11th, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The audacious move stands to reignite the embers of a divisive debate that dominated headlines surrounding the ninth anniversary of the attacks this fall, say people vested in the issue. The application was submitted under a community and cultural enhancement grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment...
  • Thomas Sowell: Brass Oldies: Part III (Constitution, church and state)

    10/26/2010 10:13:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 26, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Politics is not the only place where some pretty brassy statements have been made and repeated so often that some people have accepted these brassy statements as being as good as gold. One of the brassiest of the brass oldies in the law is the notion that the Constitution creates a "wall of separation" between church and state. This false notion has been so widely accepted that people who tell the truth get laughed at and mocked.A recent New York Times piece said that it was "a flub of the first order" when Christine O'Donnell, Republican candidate...
  • Shock and Awful Art

    10/22/2010 5:41:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 22, 2010 | Brent Bozell
    Rocco Landesman is the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Boy, does he know how to spin the official line on offensive art. In a recent interview in Cincinnati, he was asked vaguely about controversy. "The best art taps into deep feelings, sometimes to comfort and sometimes to confront. Art can be very uncomfortable," Landesman said. "That can lead to strong reactions. For some of us, it draws us into the arts over our lifetimes and careers. For others, it creates strong negative feelings." Landesman wasn't being asked specifically about negative feelings over the Loveland Museum Gallery in...
  • ELK GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST. V. NEWDOW (O'Donnell / Coons / Establishment Clause)

    10/19/2010 7:40:43 PM PDT · by truthfreedom · 3 replies
    Cornell University Law School ^ | 2004 | Clarence Thomas
    The Establishment Clause provides that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Amdt. 1. As a textual matter, this Clause probably prohibits Congress from establishing a national religion. ... Perhaps more importantly, the Clause made clear that Congress could not interfere with state establishments, notwithstanding any argument that could be made based on Congress power under the Necessary and Proper Clause. ... Nothing in the text of the Clause suggests that it reaches any further. The Establishment Clause does not purport to protect individual rights. By contrast, the Free Exercise Clause plainly protects individuals against congressional interference...
  • Loveland art slasher pleads not guilty, headed to January trial.

    10/15/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT · by killermedic · 11 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 10/15/2010 10:46:04 AM MDT | Monte Whaley
    A Montana woman accused of destroying a piece of art some say depicted Jesus Christ committing a sex act pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony. Kathleen Folden waived her right to a preliminary hearing and is scheduled for a three-day trial in January. Folden's appearance was brief. In her arrest affidavit, Folden admitted to visiting the Loveland Museum/Gallery on Oct. 6 for the sole purpose of destroying the print of Enrique Chagoya's "The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals."...
  • Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning

    09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 347 replies · 3+ views
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on "GMA" that he's not prepared to conclude that -- in the internet age -- the First Amendment condones Koran burning.Holmes said it doesnt mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater, Breyer...
  • Ground Zero Muslim center may get public financing

    (Reuters) - The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy. The Democratic comptroller's spokesman, Scott Sieber, said Liu supported the project. The center has sparked an intense debate over U.S. religious freedoms and the sanctity of the Trade Center site, where nearly 3,000 perished in the September 11, 2001 attack. "If it turns out to be financially feasible and if they can demonstrate an ability to pay off the bonds...
  • Atheist Pushes His Im-morality and Ir-religion

    08/24/2010 4:30:45 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies
    ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE ^ | August 21, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    In a recent meeting of the Marion City Council, local resident Ken Kessler proposed erecting a display of the Ten Commandments that would stand in a public square. There have been two meetings so far where the issue has been discussed, but no decision has yet been made. According to Mayor Robert L. Butler, the Ten Commandments monument will again be on the agenda during the next meeting of the Marion City Council on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010. It didn't take long for self-avowed atheist Rob Sherman to rush downstate to Marion and threaten the city with a lawsuit if...
  • Back to the Roots: The Founders and the Separation of Church and State

    06/19/2010 3:43:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 509+ views
    IC ^ | June 19, 2009 | John Rossomando
    The cry, "That violates the separation of church and state!" has been the centerpiece of the secularist drive to marginalize Christianity in the public sphere since the 1940s. The real -- and often neglected -- question is what precisely that separation means and how it should be interpreted and applied.The secularists' interpretation of the establishment clause -- the line of the First Amendment that reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" -- ultimately rests upon anti-Christian prejudice and involves cherry picking from certain founders' writings. In recent years, we...
  • How the ACLU tried to steal Christmas again

    12/24/2009 7:11:31 AM PST · by NEPAConservative · 8 replies · 446+ views
    Annuit Cptis ^ | 12/24/2009 | NEPAConservative
    You always read about it in the paper, you see it on the news, in fact some deny that it actually happens, but this year the ACLU came to town and did try to steal Christmas. Recently, our Nativity Scene and Menorah were removed from the Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Courthouse Lawn. These Christmas displays have been used for the past 20+ years without issue; well thats until a group identifying themselves as The NEPA Freethought Society decided to make an issue of it. This group claims their purpose is to: To serve as a watchdog, support system, and advocate on behalf...
  • The Free Exercise of Religion in America

    11/30/2009 7:46:27 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 3 replies · 451+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | November 30, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    If one examines the Courts opinion in the 1962 case and cross-references it with modern arguments by groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, they will find an argument for implied compulsion where no actual compulsion exists. As articulated by Justice Douglas in his 1962 opinion, It is said that the element of coercion is inherent in the giving of this prayer [students in a classroom are] in a sense a captive audience. This view resonates rhetorically with the contrived idea the First Amendment is intended to protect people from religion, rather than its explicit intent to protect the free...
  • High school teacher guilty of insulting Christians

    05/01/2009 6:30:12 PM PDT · by OneVike · 295 replies · 11,333+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 5/1/09 | SCOTT MARTINDALE
    A Mission Viejo high school history teacher violated the First Amendment by disparaging Christians during a classroom lecture, a federal judge ruled today. James Corbett, a 20-year teacher at Capistrano Valley High School, was found guilty of referring to Creationism as religious, superstitious nonsense during a 2007 classroom lecture, denigrating his former Advanced Placement European history student, Chad Farnan.
  • The New York Times Anti-Religion Agenda

    11/12/2008 12:45:31 PM PST · by AIM Freeper · 12 replies · 616+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | November 12, 2008 | Don Feder
    In its relentless drive to secularize our society, The New York Times continues to distort the First Amendment. An editorial in todays paper notes that the Supreme Court is hearing arguments involving Pleasant Grove City, Utah, which has a Ten Commandments monument in a public park but refuses to allow a cult called Summum to erect its own memorial. Because the City elevated one religion, traditional Christianity, over another, Summum, it violated the First Amendments prohibition against an Establishment of Religion, The Times maintains. The founders regarded this sort of religious preference as so odious that they included a specific...
  • God Gets Boot Again from Washington

    10/13/2008 11:01:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1,415+ views ^ | October 14, 2008 | Chuck Norris
    Flying under the radar and literally under the ground of congressional bailout meetings were closet Capitol Hill discussions about God and Washington. It seems another revision of America's religious history has been under way -- this time at the $621 million, 580,000-square-foot Capitol Visitor Center, which will open in a couple of months. Most news media recently were covering Tina Fey and Congress' foolish financial bailouts; reporter Bob Unruh and WorldNetDaily were virtually alone in exposing this latest divine omission at the U.S. Capitol. This massive and largely underground museum of sorts (about three-quarters the size of the Capitol itself)...
  • Lets Have More Muslim-Only Public Schools

    04/20/2008 5:46:43 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 91+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 4/20/08 | Purple Mountains
    Another area of American society where a double standard is being applied by liberal journalists and activists is in the matter of religion and the requirement that there be no government support of it. If a public school student dares to utter a Christian prayer or put up a poster mentioning Christianity, the ACLU will sue the school principal and the city involved. If public school property were mistakenly to be used to host a Christian-oriented event, there would be outrage and more lawsuits. As we also know, if the ACLU were to carry such a case to a successful...
  • Have Yourself a Dreary Little Christmas

    12/21/2007 5:17:30 AM PST · by connell · 3 replies · 163+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | Burt Prelutsky
    By Burt Prelutsky Over the last several years, a time of year that was traditionally a period of goodwill and universal brotherhood, when even actual brothers somehow managed to set aside sibling rivalries for a month or so, Christmas has become an annual battleground between decent people and a relatively small number of secular leftists who insist on carrying on as if auditioning for the role of Scrooge. As many of you are no doubt aware, this year, Fort Collins got a jump start on the foolishness. The town fathers, by making every effort not to offend anyone, have, like...
  • Sally Quinn: Romney Speech 'Obliteration' of Church-State Separation

    12/06/2007 9:28:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies · 302+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Pat Buchanan was very moved. Chris Matthews "heard greatness this morning." Joe Scarborough said Romney "hit it out the park." But with his speech on faith this morning, Mitt clearly didn't make a believer out of Sally Quinn, doyenne of the DC establishment and wife of former WaPo editor Ben Bradlee. SALLY QUINN: I have to say that I'm really stunned because I think it was an obliteration of the idea of the separation of church and state. He eliminated anybody who was a doubter, an atheist, an agnostic, a seeker. It's like, if you believe in God or Christ,...
  • Summary Judgment

    09/08/2007 4:08:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 495+ views ^ | September 8, 2007 | William Perry Pendley
    In 2004, within four months of each other, two three-judge panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided cases involving the Constitution's Establishment Clause and its requirement of government neutrality regarding religion. In May, a panel held that a Latin cross on federal lands in honor of American servicemen killed in World War I violated the Establishment Clause and must be removed. That the memorial commemorated American "history and culture" was irrelevant to the panel; after all, the cross symbolizes Christianity. In September, another panel held that Arizona's designation of private property as sacred to American...
  • Appeals court vacates Tangipahoa prayer decision

    07/25/2007 9:15:15 PM PDT · by rvoitier · 3 replies · 480+ views ^ | Jul 25, 2007 | DAVID J. MITCHELL
    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a lower court decision against the Tangipahoa Parish School Board over board meeting prayers, saying the plaintiffs did not show they had standing to file suit.
  • PBS Explores Separation of Church and State in New Documentary

    06/18/2007 8:48:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies · 748+ views ^ | June 18, 2007 | Noel Sheppard
    PBS Explores Separation of Church and State in New Documentary Posted by Noel Sheppard on June 18, 2007 - 10:56. This may come as a surprise to many religious Americans in the country: PBS this month is broadcasting a documentary presenting both sides of the controversial issue of the separation of church and state.As many of you know, this has been an ongoing debate for decades as to when this term first appeared, and what the Founding Fathers intent truly was concerning government involvement in organized religion.The documentarys goals are described thusly at the PBS website (emphasis added throughout): America...
  • Ohio attorney general's office joins lawsuit, says 'PCUSA-style church' must be provided

    05/31/2007 11:32:44 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 362+ views
    Layman Online ^ | May 30, 2007 | Patrick Jean
    The Ohio attorney general's office has sided with Eastminster Presbytery in a lawsuit brought against it by a church seeking to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) with its property. The response filed by Attorney General Marc Dann seeks a summary judgment declaring that Hudson Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Ohio, holds all of its property and assets in a charitable trust that must "provide the public with a PCUSA-style church with the attendant community benefits of such a church." The summary judgment, Dann argues, also should declare that Hudson Presbyterian Church "may not apply the corpus of that trust for a...
  • Religious Freedom in America

    04/07/2007 8:59:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 825+ views
    CERC ^ | December 2006/January 2007 | Roger Scruton
    When James Madison agitated to make religious freedom fundamental to the United States Constitution, it was not from hostility to religion. It was from hostility to established religion, with its presumption of an authority in worldly affairs that only an elected government should exercise. James Madison (1751-1836) The first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights tells us that Congress shall "make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" a rule that is just as important in its second half as in its first. However, the free exercise of religion involves living by...
  • Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward

    04/04/2007 12:27:16 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 28 replies · 1,424+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | April 4, 2007 | anon
    Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward IRVING, Texas, April 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boy Scouts of America is pleased that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed the ACLU's lawsuit against the Department of Defense for supporting the National Scout Jamboree. For more than 25 years, Boy Scouts have held the National Scout Jamboree every four years at Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Scouts from all over the country camp together for ten days and participate in activities emphasizing physical fitness, appreciation of the outdoors, and...
  • Dowd: W Merged Church and State in US, Trying to Keep Them Apart in Iraq

    02/25/2007 9:19:42 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 2,110+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is there any canard against President Bush more tired than the notion that he ignores the Establishment Clause, or as his liberal critics tend to put it, the "separation of church and state"? Maureen Dowd offered a classic exemplar of the criticism on this morning's Meet the Press, telling Tim Russert that: "W has sort of merged church and state while trying to keep them apart in Iraq." Russert didn't ask Dowd to substantiate her assertion. But when Bush antagonists are pressed for proof, they typically point to the president's Faith-Based Initiative and the manner in which the W...
  • ACLU supports N.J. student in flap over preaching teacher

    02/19/2007 7:18:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 41 replies · 956+ views
    The American Civil Liberties union is backing a Kearny High School student who objected when a teacher made religious statements in the classroom, including allegedly telling students that those who do not believe Jesus died for their sins belong in hell. The student's lawyers filed a notice of claim on Feb. 13 against the school district, claiming that instead of addressing the teacher's conduct, it penalized the student for secretly taping the teacher. After months of trying to solve the issue out of court, Matthew LaClair and his parents announced on Monday that they had filed legal paperwork allowing them...
  • Clerics need not sanctify gay rites

    01/12/2007 8:08:46 AM PST · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 632+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Fri, Jan. 12, 2007 | Jennifer Moroz
    Members of the clergy who oppose civil unions for gay couples will not be forced to perform the ceremonies, state Attorney General Stuart Rabner ruled yesterday. In a formal opinion, Rabner concluded that religious leaders legally may refuse to bless civil unions if doing so would fly in the face of "sincerely held religious beliefs." Under a new law authorizing such unions, same-sex couples can start applying for licenses on Feb. 19. The ruling comes less than a month after Rabner determined that, under the state's antidiscrimination law, public officials who choose to officiate at weddings must also perform civil...
  • List of Preambles to US State Constitutions (the wrong notion of Separation of Church and State)

    12/03/2006 12:46:19 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 21 replies · 797+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | 12/02/2006 | Dave Scott
    List of Preambles to US State Constitutions In celebration of the coming 1st anniversary of Judge Jones enforcement of an impenetrable wall of separation between church and state I present to you 45 holes in the wall. Alaska WE THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska. Arizona We, the people of the State of Arizona,...
  • 6-year-old flies to New York to help priest

    11/04/2006 4:03:10 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies · 1,444+ views
    Florida Catholic ^ | November 2006 | DEBRA TOMASELLI
    Florida first-grader Brandon Rodriguez is convinced God wants us to be kind. A dinner table conversation prompted him to travel great lengths to accomplish the task. Brandon's dad, Izzy Rodriguez, a native New Yorker, scans the New York Daily News online for information from his hometown. Back in August, when he read about a priest in Brooklyn who was given a parking ticket while administering sacraments to an elderly woman who was dying of the flu at a hospital, Rodriguez was annoyed."Can you believe it?" he told his wife over dinner at their St. Cloud home. "They fined the priest...
  • Repudiating Romney's Religious Rights: Globe Needs Crash Course In Constitution

    10/23/2006 4:56:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 716+ views
    Boston Globe/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. The same kind of folks who professed to find a non-existent "right of privacy" in the Constitution providing for abortion on demand have "discovered" another imaginary constitutional provision. According to its editorial this morning: "The First Amendment , with its injunction that Congress shall make no law restricting religion, carries an implied corollary that churches should not meddle in politics." The context was the Globe's complaint that Mitt Romney is reaching out for support to his fellow BYU alums who - oh, the horror! - also happen to be his Mormon co-religionists. The Globe...
  • When schools silence God talk

    08/28/2006 9:10:27 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 202 replies · 1,037+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Aug 28, 7:14 AM ET | Nat Hentoff
    <p>Every year, the Frenchtown Elementary School in New Jersey presents an after-school talent show, open to kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. The performers can choose to play an instrument, dance, create a skit or select a song.</p> <p>This past school year, a second-grader decided to sing Awesome God. But during rehearsal, the teacher in charge, on hearing the title and lyrics, told the child that principal Joyce Brennan would have to approve that song. Brennan contacted the attorney for the school district.</p>
  • A guide to church-state experts and organizations

    08/09/2006 9:06:47 PM PDT · by Nicholas Conradin · 6 replies · 289+ views ^ | August 9, 2006 | Religion Newswriters Association
    Church-state issues are among the most contentious and emotional issues in American life. Dozens are currently testing the bounds of the First Amendment's Establishment and Free Exercise clauses: school vouchers; government funding of faith-based social services; the role of faith in the public lives of judges, elected officials, legislators, pharmacists, doctors and lawyers; and the role of religion in public life, from Ten Commandments postings and the Pledge of Allegiance to religious groups' role in politics and prayers at public meetings. ReligionLink offers a diverse and extensive guide to individuals and organizations expert in these issues
  • School coach can kneel while players pray

    07/27/2006 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 36 replies · 775+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.26.06 | JOHN P. MARTIN
    A federal judge ruled yesterday that the East Brunswick High School football coach can bend a knee and bow his head while his players recite pre-game prayers this season, ending a dispute that had mushroomed into a nationally recognized test of the separation of church and state. After nearly two hours of arguments, U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh sided with the coach, Marcus Borden, declaring "taking a knee" isn't praying and that the Middlesex County school district can't order him to stand still while his players perform a locker room ritual that spans decades. "Tradition plays a part, and the...
  • ACLU vs Boy Scout Case Heads To Court Of Appeals

    04/05/2006 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 22 replies · 6,593+ views
    Pipeline News ^ | 5-Mar-06 | John Stephenson
    In 2005, a federal district court in Chicago sided with the ACLU and ruled that the militarys support for the National Scout Jamboree - held once every four years at Fort A.P. Hill in Fredericksburg, Virginia - unconstitutional. The case is Winkler v. Rumsfeld, No. 05-3451 (7th Cir.). The ACLUs claim is that the Scout Oaths duty to God makes the Boy Scouts a religious organization, like a church, and that military support for the Jamboree violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. If the ruling stands, the military may not lend equipment or provide logistical support to the...
  • 9th circuit hears Boy Scouts case

    02/20/2006 10:27:33 AM PST · by franky · 46 replies · 1,207+ views ^ | 2-20-06 | By Marshall Allen Staff Writer
    PASADENA - Oral arguments were punctuated Tuesday by questions about belief in God, discriminating membership standards, and how they relate to the Boy Scouts of America's leasing public land. Lawyers representing the Boy Scouts and the American Civil Liberties Union squared off before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of a lesbian and an agnostic couple and their Boy Scout-aged sons. The plaintiffs said the Scouts should not lease prime park space owned by the city of San Diego because of the organization's pro-God, anti-gay stance. It is one of three current cases pitting the ACLU against...
  • Texas High School Agrees to Stop Banning Muslim Students' Prayers

    01/31/2006 5:38:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 36 replies · 1,257+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 1/31/06 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) - A Texas high school has agreed to allow its Muslim students to pray during school hours. L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson had told its 30 Muslim students that praying on campus violated the U.S. Constitution's establishment clause, or the so-called separation of church and state.In an e-mail memo to all teachers and staff, the school's principal had stated previously that "No students are to be allowed to leave [the] classroom at any time to go pray." However, after the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty intervened on behalf of the students, the Richardson Independent School District (RISD)...