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Tony Perkins Shows Us How Not To Deal With An Allegation Of Sexual Assault

Rob Boston Wall of Separation The media is full of stories of prominent men who are accused of sexual harassment and assault. Most recently, The Washington Post ran a devastating story about PBS host Charlie Rose. Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, Council For National Policy

Written by Don Byrd

The Washington Post has announced its opposition to provisions in the U.S. House tax bill undermining a key protection in the law for houses of worship. The Editorial Board warned against rolling back the so-called Johnson Amendment, which bars tax-exempt organizations like houses of worship from engaging in electoral politics. Religious organizations including the BJC have urged Congress to leave the law intact because of the harm to congregations that is likely to follow from introducing politics into our sanctuaries. The Post column, published over the weekend, focuses on a separate but related danger to the proposed change: the harm that will be done to the integrity of our campaign finance system through the exploitation of houses of worship.

Here is an excerpt:

What the House bill really amounts to is throwing open an entirely new channel for campaign money to politicize churches, charities and foundations. Today, so-called super PACs are a massive force in politics, spending more than $1 billion in the 2016 election cycle. Such super PAC donations must be disclosed to the Federal Election Commission and are not tax-deductible. What if these donors are tempted to give their money to a 501(c)3 organization …read more

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I Went To The Museum Of The Bible On Saturday, And Here Is What I Saw

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Liz Hayes Wall of Separation If you were anywhere near Washington, D.C., over the weekend, you probably heard about the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible – the $500-million facility funded largely by the evangelical Christian Green family that runs the Hobby Lobby craft store chain. The Rev. Barry Lynn, AU’s executive director […]

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FFRF applauds Conn. city’s pro-women proposal

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is praising the city of Hartford, Conn., for seeking to combat faith-based crisis pregnancy centers with a new measure. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are anti-science clinics that disseminate erroneous and misleading information about abortions to dissuade women from receiving one. Some women are led to believe that they are seeing a […]

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FFRF demands religious promotion cease at Wis. school

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Wisconsin school district to restrain a school board member from promoting his personal religious beliefs at school events. A concerned resident of Appleton, Wis., contacted FFRF to report that local media published an article stating that a member of the Appleton North High School Board, Alvin Dupree, […]

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Wrap-up: What Happened With The Tax Bills And Church-State Separation This Week

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Elise Helgesen Aguilar Wall of Separation Two tax bills wended their way through Congress this week and their passage could have huge implications for church-state separation. Both the House and Senate bills are called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but they are very different from one another. tax bill, U.S. Congress, Johnson Amendment, Project […]

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Trump’s Latest Department Of Education Nominees Are School Voucher Advocates

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Liz Hayes Wall of Separation President Donald Trump’s nominees to serve as assistants to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may have more experience in education than her, but they didn’t seem any more prepared than she did at their Senate confirmation hearing this week. Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos, Mick Zais, James Blew, Alliance for School Choice, […]

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FFRF wants Ga. school band’s disharmony to cease

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation wishes the discordant notes from a Georgia public high school band’s overtly Christian theme would stop. A local resident has informed FFRF that the director of the Perry High School marching band has chosen a Christian theme for the band’s 2017 performances: “Paradise Lost: The Story of Adam and Eve.” […]

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Judge Dismisses Challenge to West Virginia School District Bible Curriculum

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Written by Don Byrd

When is it ok to teach classes about the Bible in public schools? That question will have to wait for another day in Mercer County, West Virginia, after a judge dismissed a lawsuit on the grounds that it was not ripe for a ruling.

The plaintiffs argue the program, which offers voluntary, privately funded, weekly Bible study to elementary and middle school students during the school day, violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. Even though students can opt out of the program, the parents who filed suit contend that their children are placed in an impossible position: either attend classes of indoctrination that runs counter to their conscience, or be isolated by choosing not to participate. The First Amendment, they say, does not allow a public school system to put their children to such a choice.

In dismissing the suit this week, the judge did not address that question. Instead, he pointed to the fact that the school district voted to suspend the program “for at least a year” to review the curriculum and consider modifications. Because of that, and because such cases are very fact-dependent, the judge ruled, it is not time to evaluate the constitutionality of the …read more

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AU And Allies Urge Federal Appeals Court To Continue Blocking Muslim Ban 3.0

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Liz Hayes Wall of Separation On Dec. 8, Americans United and our allies will go before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to urge the court to continue blocking President Donald Trump’s un-American and unconstitutional Muslim ban. Muslim Ban, Donald Trump, IAAB v. Trump

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