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Read A Banned Book To Fight The Religious Right And Those Who Would Censor Ideas

Rob Boston Wall of Separation Sunday marked the start of Banned Books Week 2017. This annual event, sponsored by the American Library Association and an array of other groups, is designed to increase awareness about attempts to restrict access to books (and, by extension, ideas) in America. Banned Books Week, Harry Potter, and tango makes […]

Mission Monday: Supporting The Johnson Amendment Supports The Important Work Of Nonprofits

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Elise Helgesen Aguilar Wall of Separation Imagine if the local community shelter you support sent you a newsletter telling you who to vote for in an upcoming election. It would be divisive and threaten the organization’s very mission. Johnson Amendment, Mission Monday, Project Fair Play

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Here’s Your Chance To Say Thanks To Barry Lynn For 25 Years Of Leadership

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Rob Boston Wall of Separation Twenty-five years ago today, Sept. 22, 1992, the governing body of Americans United voted to hire a fellow named Barry W. Lynn to be the new executive director of Americans United. A lawyer and United Church of Christ minister, Barry hit the ground running. One of the things he did […]

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FFRF halts social media misuse in Indiana

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped the religious misuse of social media in an Indiana school district. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the email signature of Sarah Mullins, an executive secretary in the Fayette County School Corporation, on her school district email address included the New Testament quote and citation: […]

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FFRF condemns New Mexico’s attempt to hide scientific realities from its youth

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed about the New Mexico Public Education Department’s recent announcement that it intends to remove from the state’s science curriculum all references to evolution, climate change, and the age of the Earth.  A representative of the New Mexico Public Education Department said the goal was to reflect the “diversity of […]

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Federal Lawsuit Challenges Michigan’s Religious Exemption for Adoption Agencies

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Written by Don Byrd

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan officials targets the state’s practice of allowing child-placement agencies that receive taxpayer funds to refuse on religious grounds to serve same-sex couples seeking to adopt a child. The complaint alleges the exemption violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiffs, the lawsuit asserts, object to their taxpayer dollars subsidizing religious views, and argue that the publicly funded adoption services should be bound by the same requirements as the state in placing children.

Here is an excerpt from the complaint:

All plaintiffs are Michigan taxpayers who object to their taxpayer dollars being used to pay for public child welfare services that are provided based on religious standards rather than professional child welfare standards. And all Plaintiffs object to the use of taxpayer funds to underwrite and endorse religious beliefs to which they do not subscribe.

DHHS itself could not deny children in the foster care system access to qualified prospective foster and adoptive parents based on religious criteria. For example, DHHS could not reject applicants on the basis of a religious objection to placing children with non-Christian, single-parent or same-sex parent …read more

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Air Force Chaplain Says ‘True’ Christian Service Members Can’t Support Rights Of Non-Christians

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Liz Hayes Wall of Separation Military chaplains should be prepared to serve the religious and spiritual needs of a diverse community of troops, but one evangelical Christian Air Force chaplain in Ohio apparently has a problem supporting the rights of people of different faiths. military chaplains, Air Force, Sonny Hernandez, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious […]

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FFRF ensures religion-free Ala. football games

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An Alabama school district’s football games will not be used to sermonize, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent contacted FFRF about a constitutional violation occurring in Alabama’s Lee County Schools system. On Aug. 25, Smiths Station High School broadcast a prayer over the loudspeaker prior to the first football game of […]

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Religious Minorities Are Leading The Resistance To Trump’s Divisive Rhetoric

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Rokia Hassanein Wall of Separation The Donald J. Trump administration’s discriminatory rhetoric has united religious minorities to mobilize and fight back. Most recently, hundreds of rabbis boycotted the annual High Holy Day call, in which Trump conveyed wishes to Jewish leaders ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that begins this evening. anti-Semitism, White […]

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Timely FFRF suit proceeds against church politicking

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amended complaint to buttress the Johnson Amendment even as the House takes measures to weaken it.  The Johnson Amendment even-handedly bars any 501(c)(3) organization, including churches, from using tax-deductible donations for political, partisan purposes. The House of Representatives last week quietly passed a budget provision to defund […]

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