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Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation

Philly By Americans United for Separation of Church and State Officials in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. should take care to respect separation of church and state during the[...]


Gay Couple Gets Marriage License From Kim Davis Deputy

Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press By Richard Fausset A same-sex couple received a marriage license here on Friday, the first such couple to get one a day after the county clerk,[...]


Quantum dot solar windows go non-toxic, colorless, with record efficiency

By Los Alamos National Laboratory A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy; It could[...]


Antimatter catches a wave: Accelerating positrons with plasma is a step toward smaller, cheaper particle colliders

W. An/UCLA By SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory A study led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles[...]


New ‘mutation-tracking’ blood test could predict breast cancer relapse months in advance

C. Bickel / Science Translational Medicine By The Institute of Cancer Research Scientists have developed a blood test for breast cancer able to identify which patients will suffer a relapse[...]


Church & State

Kentucky Dispute Shows Need for Thoughtful Marriage License Conversation

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd The collision in Rowan County, Kentucky, between religious beliefs[...]


Gulag Appalachia?: Ky. Clerk Claims Persecution, Refuses To Obey Supreme Court Verdict

Sarah JonesWall of SeparationKim Davis is many things – an Apostolic Christian, the Rowan Coun[...]


Georgia High Schools Scrutinized for Mixing Religion, Football

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd When high school football season gets started, church-state collis[...]


Bizarre Brief: Pastors Tell Texas Court That Religious Schools Have ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Public Support

Simon BrownWall of SeparationTexas public schools are in trouble. In 2011, lawmakers decided to slas[...]


Kentucky Clerk, Staff to Face Judge Over Marriage License Refusal

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd The saga of Kim Davis reaches a turning point today, one way or an[...]


Pray To Play?: Ind. Family Sticks To Lawsuit To End Promotion Of Religion At School

Sarah JonesWall of SeparationA school prayer lawsuit against the River Forest School Corporation in [...]


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