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is senior policy analyst at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Rob, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, contributes to AU's Wall of Separation blog, serves as assistant editor of AU's "Church & State" magazine, and has authored three books on religion and politics. Rob appears courtesy of Americans United.

Fundamentalist Freak-Out: It’s (Not) The End Of The World As We Know It, And The Religious Right Doesn’t Feel Fine

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Mat Staver, a Religious Right attorney and dean of Liberty University’s law school, isn’t very happy with the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the same-sex marriage cases.

As I’m sure you’ll recall, the high court’s Oct. 6 decision not to wade into this matter had the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage in a bunch of states, several of them in the Bible Belt. (Here are some shots of same-sex couples getting married in Oklahoma – Oklahoma! Pretty darned amazing.) Read more



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The Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term today. The 2013-14 session was a disaster for separation of church and state, and there’s a general sense among defenders of that principle that it would be best if the high court simply avoided such cases. Read more

Supreme Court, marriage equality, Red Mass, Tony Mauro, Islam, Abercrombie & Fitch


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When an individual doesn’t feel like being absolutely truthful, there are a couple of things he or she can do. One is to simply tell lies. Another, perhaps more common tactic, is to omit certain pieces of information, thus giving the listener an incomplete picture.

The latter tactic was on full display this year during the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” last week, and perhaps no one used it better than a man named Kelly Shackelford. Read more

Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, Mt. Soledad cross, Phillip Monk, Eric Walsh


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The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) takes place this weekend. Americans United staffers Simon Brown, Sarah Jones and I will be there. (Barry Lynn usually pops in too, in case anyone wants to take a selfie with him.)

If you are a religious person, please pray for us. If you’re not religious, please forward some recommendations for stress-relief strategies – favorite liquors, ice-cream brands, yoga positions, etc. – as I suspect we’ll all need some way to unwind when this thing is over. Read more

Values Voter Summit, Family Research Council, Newt Gingrich, Star Parker, Bryan Fischer, Glenn Beck, Herman Cain, Howard Beale


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Barry Lynn

This weekend provides an opportunity to visit two very different universes: the reality-based one most of us live in and a bizarre alternate one populated by the major figures of America’s Religious Right. Read more

Lizz Winstead, Sarah Silverman, Ladypartsjustice, Family Research Council, Daily Show


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Yesterday conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza was sentenced to five years of probation and a term of community service for violating federal campaign laws. He must also pay a fine of $30,000. Read more

Dinesh D’Souza, Denise Odie Joseph, World magazine, Tony Beam, South Carolina, Values Voter Summit


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Yesterday marked the start of the American Library Association’s annual “Banned Books Week.” In light of that, it’s a good time to celebrate the fact that ultra-conservative religious groups no longer have the power to determine what we read. Read more

Banned Books Week, American Library Association, Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis, Billy Sunday, Will Rogers, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, Upton Sinclair, New England Watch and Ward Society, Catholic Legion for Decency


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About 12 years ago, Jacquie Sullivan, a member of the Bakersfield, Calif., City Council, got the bright idea that every U.S. city and county should display signs reading, “In God We Trust.” Read more

Jacquie Sullivan, Bakersfield, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Michael Finnerty, Rich Fitzgerald, in god we trust, E Pluribus Unum


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A story has been making the rounds on social media concerning a 14-year-old boy in Everett, Pa., who posted on Facebook a photo of himself simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus.

The teen, whose name has not been publicly released, stands accused of “desecration of a venerated object.” He is facing criminal charges and the possibility of two years in a juvenile facility. Read more

Everett, Pennsylvania, Jesus statue, desecration, Love in the Name of Christ


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Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), is like a demented, right-wing geyser: You can count on him to pop off regularly. Read more

Bryan Fischer, American Family Association, Roger Williams, American Humanist Association, ISIS


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