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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Fox’s Todd Starnes Shows Ignorance in Police Car Decal Case

Todd Starnes

Why does Todd Starnes still have a platform? Oh right, because millions of deplorables still eat up his Christian persecution, anti-Muslim, anti-atheist, homophobic, transphobic, “everyone is bad but old fat Christian white guys” rhetoric. On Friday, he published a post on Fox News and his website called, “Sheriff Ordered to Remove ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ Decals.” The post covered the […]

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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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Sally Yates Out-Lawyers & Shuts Down Ted Cruz

Sally Yates and Ted Cruz

While she bested at least three Republican Senators hell-bent on using their time to discuss anything other than Russia during the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing today, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates achieved what few others have: she shut down Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) by out-lawyering him with her extensive knowledge and application of the law. Though the hearing was supposed […]

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Army Secretary Nominee: Public Health Care Harms Religious Conversion [UPDATED]

Mark Green

Speaking to a church group in 2015, Trump Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green argued that government-subsidized health care prevents people from turning to religion for assistance. That, in turn, is “an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state.” The Washington Examiner initially reported on the comments: Mark Green, a state senator in Tennessee, told a church […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Liberty Was Thankfully Scaled Down

religious liberty executive order signing

Today, President Trump signed an executive order on “religious liberty” — a buzz-phrase that is code for “make everyone comply with my belief system.”  In it, Trump calls for less IRS enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which prevents churches from politicking from the pulpit, not that they’ve been very successful in enforcing it anyway.  Since the law was enacted in 1954, […]

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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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Americans United Sends Warning to School Aiding Good News Club

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

In March, I published a piece about Marrs Elementary School in Indiana, exposing the school’s principal for deleting negative comments on the school’s Facebook page and blocking commenters.  This started when I responded to the school’s post promoting the Good News Club and publishing the group’s permission slip. My comment was quickly deleted and I was blocked from commenting further. So […]

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Christian Band Casting Crowns Visits Ark Encounter, Fuels Ignorance

Ken Ham Ark Encounter

Yesterday, the Christian Post reported that Casting Crowns, one of the most popular Christian rock bands, toured Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter in Kentucky. That in itself is not a big deal. What the band’s lead singer, Mark Hall, said about the visit was especially facepalm-inducing though, even for a heathen like me: I compare this to getting to go to […]

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