religious issues centering around church/state conflict and secular humanism.

Trump and White Christian Nationalism

Charlottesville Nazis and white supremacists

The past few days, in addition to the spectacle of two immature, ignorant and nuclear- armed heads of state throwing verbal poo at each other, the media has been filled with images of torch-wielding white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. A “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer descended into chaos and violence Saturday in Charlottesville, as thousands of “alt […]

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Good News Club Proselytizes To Kids In Summer School Classes

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Last week, I published a warning to Wisconsin parents that Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of liars for Jesus — also known as the Good News Club — is targeting Milwaukee-area schools in order to solicit children to attend their clubs.  Because of a 2001 Supreme Court case, the Good News Club is allowed to operate on school property, but only […]

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Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions Trashes Islam Citing 1st Amendment

Roy Moore - the Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions - Trashes Islam, Citing 1st Amendment

When Jeff Sessions took the Attorney General job, his US Senate seat was vacated. On August 15th, Alabama will hold a special election to fill the open seat. Republican Roy Moore is currently the favorite to win the election and recently met with a group of voters in Glendale, AL. During the meeting, a woman asked Moore about Sharia law (at about […]

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Federal Judge Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Holds Controversial Beliefs

Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett – a federal judicial nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit – holds a set of beliefs that make her a controversial judicial nominee. Should Congress confirm her to the Seventh Circuit, Barrett would embody the ideals of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (who Barrett actually clerked for before moving into teaching […]

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Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

After requesting a secular marriage ceremony, a couple planning to marry in Trigg County, Kentucky was shocked when a judge refused to marry them claiming he couldn’t perform the ceremony without religious context. The judge – County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander – reportedly told the couple,  “I include God in my ceremonies, and I won’t do one without him.” Mandy Heath and her fiancé Jon are […]

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Becoming The Enemy: Evangelicals No Longer Hold Moral High Ground

evangelical moral high ground lost over support for Donald Trump

A recent article in The Atlantic considered a question that many people have asked in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election: One of the most perplexing features of the 2016 election was the high level of support Donald Trump received from white evangelical Protestants. How did a group that once proudly identified itself as “values voters” come to support a candidate who […]

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The Republican Attack on Universities, Education & Intelligence

education

Yesterday brought news of a recent poll in which a majority of Republicans blamed universities for taking the  nation in the “wrong direction.” Think about that. I don’t know Henry Giroux, but his recent article in Salon was what we used to call a barn-burner, and it provides a context for that sorry and depressing poll result. It began: Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has […]

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Moral Mondays: Taking The Morality Mantle Back From The Right

Moral Mondays

Most Americans have heard of North Carolina’s Reverend William Barber, whose passion and activism were recently profiled in the Washington Post. Barber founded “Moral Mondays” at the North Carolina State Capitol to protest what he labeled “immoral” legislation that would further disadvantage the poor; his movement aims to give voice to the previously voiceless, and to effect change. I was particularly struck by […]

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The Piety Police: The GOP’s Obsession With The Prosperity Gospel

prosperity gospel

Those of us who live in Indiana are well aware of Mike Pence’s hostility to the rights of LGBTQ citizens, but the national press is still learning about “Pastor” Pence’s fundamentalist religious views on women and gays. Just a few days ago, a Newslo reporter dug up an old Pence speech: Digging up Mike Pence’s past political work has become a sport in […]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case About LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At the center of that case lies the question: does a private business have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people? We’ve covered Masterpiece at each stage of its legal journey over the years as business owner Jack Phillips insisted his religious beliefs should […]

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