OK GOP Bill Will Allow Ten Commandments on State Property

Ten Commandments Monument Oklahoma

In an attempt to circumvent a state Supreme Court decision stating that having a Ten Commandments monument on state property constitutes a breach of state and federal law surrounding establishment of religion, the Oklahoma GOP just pushed a bill through the Oklahoma legislature designating Ten Commandment monuments as historically significant and deserving of placement on public grounds. House Bill 2177 – proposed by state Representative John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) […]

Continue reading »

Church-Run Police Force? It May Happen in Alabama

Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Alabama is one step closer to getting its own police force to protect its church and affiliated school, Briarwood Christian School.  Apparently threatening children with hell doesn’t have quite the effect it used to. Now they need guys with guns.  And hiring security guards to protect the grounds, like every other large business does, isn’t quite Bible […]

Continue reading »

The Bully Pulpit: Indiana SB 439 & Hate Crimes

I recently attended the bat mitzvah of a cousin’s daughter at the synagogue in which I grew up.  My cousin’s daughter did a great job with her Torah portion, but I was particularly struck by the sermon, in which Rabbi Dennis Sasso forcefully and eloquently connected those ancient teachings to America’s contemporary challenges. I sometimes need to remind myself that for every […]

Continue reading »

South Dakota Legalizes Anti-Gay Discrimination in Adoption

LGBT adoption

The first 2017 state-level anti-LGBTQ bill to pass a state legislature and be signed into law is official: South Dakota just passed Senate Bill 149 that will allow public child placement agencies to discriminate against potential parents so long as that discrimination is based in religious belief. Though the legislation was vehemently opposed by both child welfare experts and diversity advocacy groups, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed […]

Continue reading »

Oklahoma: SB 450 Would Force Religion on Students

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools

Legislation flying unchallenged through the Oklahoma legislature would allow unmitigated proselytization in public schools. SB 450 – also known as the ‘Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act’ for Schools – would protect “voluntary religious expression in the classroom.” While student prayer in public schools is already protected under the First Amendment, SB 450 takes this much, much further to the point of allowing students to […]

Continue reading »

Walking in Their Shoes: The Dakota Access Pipeline

The Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock protesting the The Dakota Access Pipeline #NODAPL

Martin Marty is an eminent religious scholar at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He also issues a weekly newsletter, called Sightings because it “sights” public reports with religious or spiritual dimensions. His most recent reflection was thought-provoking, to say the least: What if the Sioux Nation decided to build a pipeline through Arlington Cemetery? This question from Faith Spotted […]

Continue reading »

Pastoral versus Ideological Church and State

religion Church and State

Speaking of religion, as we did yesterday, I’ve been mulling over a column by E.J. Dionne that I read a couple of weeks ago, because I think it has application to what I will (somewhat grandiosely) call the human condition. Dionne is a Catholic, and he was examining the differences between the approach to that religion of two other Catholics–the […]

Continue reading »

Bush Speaks Out Against Muslim Ban; Defends Free Press

Speaking with Matt Lauer, George W. Bush criticized Trump and promoted free press.

On NBC’s Today yesterday, former President George W. Bush spoke out against Donald Trump’s continued attacks on free press and emphasized the need for an independent press. The unexpected and strong rebuke of the Trump administration came as part of a book tour interview promoting his newly published Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. Matt Lauer brought the issue of […]

Continue reading »

Trump’s America: Another Jewish Cemetery Vandalized

Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery vandalized

On Sunday, Philadelphia police discovered over 100 vandalized headstones at Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery after a visitor to some of the gravesites called authorities.  Along with that, eleven Jewish Community Centers received bomb threats on the same day.  This comes only a week after a similar incident in Missouri, where at least 150 Jewish graves were vandalized. Embed from Getty […]

Continue reading »

Religious Wrong: The FHSAA Loudspeaker Controversy

FHSAA prayer

Imagine you and three friends rent a house together. You all pay your shares of the rent, maintenance, utilities and food costs. One of your roommates is vegan, and insists that no food can be purchased or brought into the house that does not meet strict vegan requirements. If you protest, saying that you are happy to keep your preferred […]

Continue reading »
1 2 3 143