NC Pastors’ Network Erects Anti-Immigration, Anti-Muslim Billboard

NC Pastors’ Network Erects Anti-Immigration, Anti-Muslim Billboard

A group called the North Carolina Pastors’ Network (NCPN) has put up a controversial billboard supporting Trump’s travel ban and warning citizens about “Muslim immigrants.” The billboard states, “Why Support President Trump’s Immigration Ban??? 19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans September 11, 2001.” Wow. If you’re unfamiliar with the North Carolina Pastors’ Network (I was), according to their website, they’re a political organization […]

Continue reading »

The American Idea

Constitution of the United States of America - the American Idea

In the very first book I wrote (“What’s a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU?”), I advanced a theory I called “the American Idea.” My thesis was that one becomes an American through allegiance to what I call “the American Idea”–the philosophy of governance advanced in the Declaration, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Unlike citizenries […]

Continue reading »

Freedom to Oppress: Religious Persecution Versus Religious Privilege

religious freedom

A week or so ago, I shared the questions on my Law and Policy take-home final, and a couple of commenters wondered whether I would share student responses. Although I won’t share others, I was struck by one student’s essay on the second question, which involved the principle of religious liberty. The question read: The First Amendment protects religious liberty. […]

Continue reading »

Alabama Passes Adoption Bill Targeting LGBTQ Couples

Alabama Passes Adoption Bill Targeting LGBTQ Couples

Under the guise of ‘religious liberty’ the Alabama legislature just passed a bill to allow adoption agencies to use religious belief as a factor in determining what parents they will work with. House Bill 24 – also known as the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act – effectively legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ couples for adoption agencies that do not receive state or […]

Continue reading »

San Antonio Mayor Calls Atheists “Broken” People

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

During a candidate forum earlier this month, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor explained to a crowd of people that poverty in her city was due in large part to people being “broken” because they had no “relationship with their Creator.” Following national outrage over her comments, Taylor doubled down on Facebook proclaiming her comments were edited. After posting the full 90 minute […]

Continue reading »

TN Public School Under Fire For Promotion of Religion

Milan High School

Milan High School in Milan, Tennessee faces criticism and possible legal action over allowing Larry Eddings – a math teacher and coach – to promote religion and potentially “teach” a class next term that would involve proselytizing Christianity to public school students. The teacher’s religious activities came to the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently following complaints from […]

Continue reading »

O’Reilly’s Replacement: A Look at Tucker Carlson

Bill O'Reilly and Tucker Carlson

With news that Bill O’Reilly is official out at Fox News following the loss of substantial advertising dollars, boycotts, and a new accusation of sexual harassment this week, Fox announced who will lead the network’s opinion mantle going forward: Tucker Carlson. We’ve covered Carlson extensively over the years from his promotion of statutory rape of boys to stumping for the tobacco industry. This […]

Continue reading »

Religious Establishment: He Who Frames the Issue

First Amendment Establishment Clause

As I often tell my students, the most important thing I learned in law school was that “he who frames the issue wins the debate.” In other words, whoever is successful in defining what’s at stake generally prevails. You can see that truism pretty vividly in debates over culture war issues like abortion and LGBTQ rights: if  abortion is the […]

Continue reading »

Religious Liberty, Executive Orders & Laws of General Application

GOP Dominionism Christianity

Religious liberty seems so simple. Everyone should have the right to believe what they want and practice what they believe. Right? So…a few questions, as we await yet another Executive Order–this time, addressing Trump’s (or more probably, Pence’s) version of religious liberty. Should parents whose beliefs include what we Westerners call genital mutilation–what they call female circumcision–be allowed to perform […]

Continue reading »

Religion, Taxes & School Vouchers: The Church/State Loophole

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools & promotion of religion using tax money via school vouchers

Last week, the Indianapolis Star did something called “journalism.” (These episodes have become sufficiently rare that we should applaud loudly when they occur. I’m clapping.) Snark aside, the Star followed the money, in this case, our tax dollars, which are flowing ever more generously to Indiana’s parochial schools. And as the introductory paragraphs made clear, these are schools that take both their religious identity […]

Continue reading »
1 2 3 52