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Trump’s Popularity With White Evangelicals Hits A New High

Trump’s Popularity With White Evangelicals Hits A New High LHayes Mon, 04/23/2018 – 10:07 Authored by Rob Boston Image A recent poll shows that white evangelical support for President Donald Trump is at an all-time high. You read that right. Despite Stormy Daniels’ allegations, despite assertions that Trump had an affair with a centerfold model, […]

Written by Don Byrd

A troubling proposal is surfacing as Congress begins work on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is must-pass legislation funding our military. Some members of Congress have suggested attaching the controversial Military Education Savings Act to that legislation, a proposal that would allow active-duty military personnel to send their children to private schools, including to religious schools, using taxpayer funds.

For several reasons, we should make our voices heard in Washington against this idea.

First, using government funds to support religious education undermines religious liberty by forcing taxpayers to subsidize religion and by tying the hands of religious institutions with government regulations. The Baptist Joint Committee and other advocates have long opposed school voucher programs because they are a bad idea for religious liberty and education.

Second, school voucher programs are notoriously unpopular and are regularly defeated at the polls when the public has a chance to vote. In response to the Military Education Savings Act, groups — including those representing military personnel and military families — have lined up to announce their opposition, calling it a “bad deal for military families and a disaster for public schools across the country.” If …read more

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Pompeo Questioned About Past Statements on American Muslims During Senate Confirmation Hearing

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Written by Don Byrd

Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo, currently the Director of the CIA, faced questioning from Senators last week about previous statements he has made regarding American Muslims. Of particular concern were his suggestions that Muslims in the United States were not speaking out against terrorism. As Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) pointed out (around 4:02:00), however, nothing could be further from the truth.

MARKEY: Next Monday is the fifth anniversary of the Patriots Day Marathon bombing in Boston. . . . [F]ollowing those attacks, you falsely alleged that American Muslim leaders were “potentially complicit in violent acts for failing to speak out,” even though the American Muslim community and its leaders had already condemned that attack. Because words matter, Mr. Pompeo, do you believe that your statements falsely accusing American Muslim leaders of being complicit in the Boston Marathon attacks exemplifies the kind of moral leadership that our country should have in the post of Secretary of State?

POMPEO: …It is true that many leaders spoke out about it. I’m not sure that we ever get to a point where it’s enough…

MARKEY: The Boston Muslim community came out and condemned it. Is there any way in your …read more

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People Are Being Harmed By The Muslim Ban. Here Are Some Of Their Stories.

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People Are Being Harmed By The Muslim Ban. Here Are Some Of Their Stories. Hassanein Fri, 04/20/2018 – 09:38 Authored by Rokia Hassanein Image The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the Muslim ban case April 25. It’s a legal tussle that many American Muslims and Americans perceived to be Muslim are […]

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FFRF warns Alabama school against bible verse display

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that an Alabama school district remove a clear endorsement of Christianity from a local elementary school. A concerned parent recently reported to FFRF that Hazel Green Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., is displaying four bible quotes inside of a display case at the entrance of the school: “Be […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Church-State Separation, Strikes Down Publicly Funded Grants For Churches

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New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Church-State Separation, Strikes Down Publicly Funded Grants For Churches LHayes Thu, 04/19/2018 – 11:14 Authored by Liz Hayes Image In a victory for church-state separation, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that public money can’t be used to repair or maintain active churches. Americans United, joined by the […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Church Restoration Grants Violate the State Constitution

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Written by Don Byrd

Government grants used to repair twelve (12) churches in Morris County, New Jersey violated the state constitution’s ban on aid to religion, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled earlier today. And that ban, the Court held, is not in conflict with the U.S. Constitution.

The Religious Aid Clause in the New Jersey Constitution states that no person shall “be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or other rates for building or repairing any church or churches, place or places of worship, or for the maintenance of any minister or ministry, contrary to what he believes to be right or has deliberately and voluntarily engaged to perform.” That provision, the Court emphasized, has “for more than 240 years banned the use of public funds to build or repair any place of worship,” regardless of the government’s intent.

From 2012 to 2015, the churches, all of which maintain active congregations, were awarded more than $4 million in government grants to repair and restore church structures as a part of a historic preservation program. While the U.S. Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church disallowed the exclusion of churches from certain neutral grant programs, the New Jersey court highlighted the fact that here the …read more

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History Teaches Us Why There Should Be No Muslim Ban

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History Teaches Us Why There Should Be No Muslim Ban Hassanein Wed, 04/18/2018 – 10:29 Authored by Rokia Hassanein Image One week from today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Muslim ban case. We hope the justices vote on the right side of history and rule that there should be no Muslim […]

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FFRF win: N.J. Supreme Court upholds bar on funds to repair churches

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  Photo of David Steketee A major court victory by the Freedom From Religion Foundation will save New Jersey taxpayers many millions of dollars by terminating an unconstitutional boondoggle. The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision today, upheld the state Constitution’s ban against taxpayer funds being used for “building or repairing any church […]

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Chaplain who censored atheist Barker to step down

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit to have nonbelievers included in our nation’s legislative chambers is not immediately affected by the announcement that the current House chaplain will retire. “The in-house chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives is stepping down next month after seven years in the post,” Roll Call reports. “Rev. Patrick J. […]

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