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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.

Boastin’ Barton: Religious Right Ersatz Historian’s Claims About Lawsuit May Not Be Accurate

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Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton has been running around of late bragging about how he won defamation lawsuits against two Texans and a writer who had accused him of being a racist and a liar. However, it increasingly appears that Barton’s version of events is missing some details. Read more

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On Friday a Religious Right legal group called the Liberty Institute published an article titled “5 Dangerous Enemies Against Your Christian Faith” on the site Charisma News.

Americans United made the top five! There we are, right alongside American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. (Sounds like good company to me –and don’t be sad that we’re number four; the list is alphabetical.) Read more

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A legislator in Tennessee has proposed naming the Bible the state’s official book.

State Rep. Jerry Sexton says the proposal would simply acknowledge the Bible’s “historically important role.” Read more

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Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Presidents’ Day 2012.

Today is Presidents’ Day. Celebrate by reading some great presidential classics of religious liberty!

Start with George Washington’s letter to Touro Synagogue, one of the most succinct statements ever issued about religious liberty.

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Right on cue, the right wing is in high dudgeon over comments President Barack Obama made during last week’s National Prayer Breakfast that are supposedly anti-Christian and offensive.

The president was pointing out that the terror and bloodshed of groups like ISIS is hardly unique from an historical perspective. Read more

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I’ll be honest: I’m not a huge fan of the National Prayer Breakfast. It’s a privately sponsored event, but every year the president attends and there’s often a lot of talk about God and country. It seems like another example of the annoying “civil religion” that so plagues our nation. Read more

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The leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) made quite a splash last week when they announced they would support a law banning discrimination against LGBTQ people – with one condition.

Some analysts hailed the move. A few headlines writers even got a little carried away and asserted that the church had endorsed gay rights or forged a compromise that other conservative religious groups could use. Read more

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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

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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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