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MS Gov To Sign School Prayer Bill

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School Prayer May Return To Mississippi

Since the courts always take a dim view of public schools officially sanctioning prayers and other religious activities, Christianists around the nation have been working to crowbar their way in via student-led prayers. And it looks like they’ve succeeded in Mississippi, the state that only officially outlawed slavery last week. Supporters say bills to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public …

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Military Chaplains File DOMA Brief

The Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty, which claims to represent over 2500 current and former military clergy members, has filed a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of DOMA.  The brief largely treads the ridiculous claim that anti-gay chaplains will be denied promotions or disciplined for refusing to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies.  The brief also cites several bits of the …

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Churches Files Prop 8 Brief

The Mormon Church, the Southern Baptists Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Orthodox Jewish Union, and a sect of the Lutheran Church have filed a joint Supreme Court brief against the overturn of Proposition 8.  Chris Johnson reports at Washington Blade: The brief offers three major reasons for why the Supreme Court should uphold Prop 8, which the court …

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Eugene Delgaudio Files Prop 8 Brief

Today Eugene Delgaudio joined a large coalition of anti-gay, Christianist, and gun groups in filing a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of Proposition 8. Sadly, the brief does not open with “It was a dark and stormy night.” It does, however, cite that bit in the Bible that calls for homosexuals to be put to death. And there’s this: …

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Catholic Group Files Prop 8 Brief

Catholics for the Common Good has filed a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of Proposition 8, claiming that doing so constitutes “an attack on religion.” Here’s an excerpt from their summation: When the courts below held the People of California violated the Constitution when they voted to reaffirm the unique biological and cultural status of the only civil institution …

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Manhattan Declaration Files DOMA Brief

The backers of the Manhattan Declaration, whose signees vow to disobey laws that grant discrimination protections to LGBT Americans, have filed a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of DOMA. Because…JESUS. The Manhattan Declaration reminds the Court of the critical role of believers in Jesus have had in America’s positive social achievement. It recounts advances because of Christianity through history …

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ARIZONA: Republicans Introduce Bill Demanding “So Help Me God” Loyalty Oath For High School Graduation

The above Arizona Republican representatives have introduced a bill requiring that public high school seniors swear loyalty to the Constitution and to God in order to graduate. The wording of the oath is familiar: I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear …

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History Lessons In Texas

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has issued a new report on the continuing expansion of Christianist dogma into Texas public school lessons. A sampling of what they found: –Instructional material in two school districts teach that racial diversity today can be traced back to Noah’s sons, a long-discredited claim that has been a foundational component of some forms of …

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Lawrence O’Donnell: Why Do We Need ANY Religion At The Inauguration?

I watched this live last night and then played it again this morning. He nails it. Totally. (Via Towleroad)

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Minnesota Students Explain Their Bigotry

Buzzfeed has a whole lot more.  By the way, the scripture cited in the first sign is: “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful …

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TEXAS: Judge Allows Christian Banners At Public High School Football Games

A Texas judge has issued a temporary restraining order that overrides a school board’s decision that banned cheerleaders from using on-field Christian banners for players to burst through at the beginning of games. The Kountze High School football team doesn’t play another game until Friday, September 28. The middle school team played Thursday at 5 p.m., just hours after the …

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Perkins: Christians Have Been Too Timid

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TEXAS: Students Protest Ban Of Christian Messages On “Run-Thru” Football Signs

Students and parents at a Texas high school are furious after being told they can no longer post Christian messages on the banners that football players burst through to begin the games. “It is not a personal opinion of mine,” said Kountze ISD Superintendent Kevin Weldon in a phone interview. “My personal convictions are that I am a Christian as …

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NOM Denies Church/State Separation

FACT CHECK: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature …

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NEW YORK CITY: Christian Churches Win Right To Hold Services In Public Schools

This battle has been going on for a long time and it appears that the virulently anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund has finally won the right for churches to hold weekend services in New York City’s public schools. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) won on Friday a permanent injunction in the 17-year legal battle involving the Bronx Household of Faith and …

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CONGRESS: 33 GOP House Cosponsors For Bill To Allow Prayer For School Boards

“This is not an issue of school prayer, it’s an issue of a fact that a school board — like the legislature or Congress or the Supreme Court; a deliberative body making decisions that have the force of law — should be, if they desire — not mandated, but if they desire, and the community supports it — that they …

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Atheists, Get Out Of America!

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COLORADO: Court Rules “Day Of Prayer” Proclamations Are Unconstitutional

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that Day Of Prayer proclamations by previous governors were an unconstitutional violation of church and state. Focus On The Family, which is based in Colorado, is furious. In response to the decision, the Colorado Springs-based National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDP) is urging people to contact Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General …

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Two Minutes Of Minnesota Hate, Vol. 19

Separation of church and state? No such thing!

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