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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Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he […]

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Hate, not Economic Despair: Trump’s Rural American Victory

Muslim xenophobia

As I noted yesterday, sociologists and historians tell us that economic insecurity and inequality provide fertile soil for racial and cultural resentments. Economic stresses don’t create those resentments, however. Like everything else, economic conditions are experienced through a cultural lens–that is, how we interpret economic circumstances and react to them depends upon the value structures and worldviews of the people doing the interpreting. When […]

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Anti-Atheist San Antonio Mayor Loses Run-Off Election

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (the politician who blamed atheism for generational poverty claiming people without religion are “broken”) lost her mayor seat in a run-off election against opponent City Council member Ron Nirenberg. In the weekend election, Nirenberg took 55% of the total vote besting Taylor by a full ten points. Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported, “Following a Saturday runoff […]

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Trial Begins For Church Leader Who Led Brutal Assault Of A Gay Man [UPDATED]

Covington of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church is on trial for assaulting Fenner

UPDATE [June 6, 2017 @ 4:30 PM ET] Local ABC Affiliate WLOS reported today a mistrial has been declared. They reported: A juror was arrested and a mistrial declared in an assault trial involving a minister of Word of Faith Fellowship church. Our reporter at the scene tell us the arrested juror is 71-year-old Perry Shade. The judge cited the jury […]

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Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

Face, meet palm. At a town hall in Coldwater, Michigan, on Friday, 66-year-old Republican Congressman Tim Walberg was asked by a constituent about his position on climate change. Walberg responded that he believes the earth is warming and that man has something to do with it. Refreshing from a Republican, right?  I thought so. Then he dropped this bomb: “…As a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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