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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.

Dreaming Of Dr. King: Religious Right Attempts To Co-Opt Legacy Of Slain Civil Rights Leader

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As years pass, historical figures start to get a little fuzzy around the edges. This is especially true of those men and women who loom large over public consciousness. Activist groups, eager to co-opt these important historical personages, start subtly rewriting history. Read more



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Today is Religious Freedom Day. As I mentioned in a recent post, this event is not as well-known as it should be. At Americans United, we’d like to see that change. Read more

Religious Freedom Day, thomas jefferson, James Madison, President Barack Obama, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom


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Rob Boston

Today is Religious Freedom Day. As I mentioned in a recent post, this event is not as well-known as it should be. At Americans United, we’d like to see that change. Read more

Religious Freedom Day, thomas jefferson, James Madison, President Barack Obama, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom


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Officials in the town of Winfield, Ala., passed an interesting resolution last month: They declared that God owns their community.

“Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control,” reads a resolution that passed the city council unanimously. Read more

Winfield, Alabama, Randy Price, Mule Day Festival, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, under god


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Officials in the town of Winfield, Ala., passed an interesting resolution last month: They declared that God owns their community.

“Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control,” reads a resolution that passed the city council unanimously. Read more

Winfield, Alabama, Randy Price, Mule Day Festival, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, under god


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Last April, I wrote about a bunch of cranks who believe that the Earth is the center of the universe. These so-called “geocentrists” are extreme Roman Catholics who believe that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong to promote the heliocentric model of the universe. Read more

The Principle. Kate Mulgrew, Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, Robert Sungenis, star trek, Klingons, Orange is the New Black, Galileo, geocentrism, Alan Abel, Spinal Tap, creationism, evolution


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Two memorable speeches were delivered in the early 1980s on separation of church and state. The first was by U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and was given – at all places – before an audience at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Read more

Mario Cuomo, Notre Dame University, William Donohue, Catholic League, Ted Kennedy, Liberty University


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Two memorable speeches were delivered in the early 1980s on separation of church and state. The first was by U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and was given – at all places – before an audience at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Read more

Mario Cuomo, Notre Dame University, William Donohue, Catholic League, Ted Kennedy, Liberty University


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Two weeks from today, the nation will celebrate Religious Freedom Day.

Don’t feel bad if you were not aware of that. Most people aren’t. Religious Freedom Day, which is celebrated every Jan. 16, tends to be somewhat obscure. My desk calendar, which includes Groundhog Day, Armed Forces Day and Benito Juarez’s Birthday, does not list Religious Freedom Day. Read more

Religious Freedom Day, thomas jefferson, James Madison, Frederick Clarkson, Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, virginia, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom


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Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. “The Wall of Separation” will be on hiatus until Monday, Dec. 29. Happy Holidays to all!

It’s Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren’t making note of it at all.

What could be better than to have the right to choose for yourself?

Christmas, war on christmas, Eve LaPlante, Samuel Sewall, salem


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