Home » Entries posted by Rob Boston
avatar
Stories written by robboston
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.

The Deity Debate: It’s Time To Talk About Our National Motto

Rob Boston

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



Rob Boston

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


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

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


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

I was perusing the Sunday New York Times yesterday when a name on the obituary page jumped out at me: Lillian Gobitas.

Gobitas died Aug. 22 at age 90. The name may not mean much to you unless you’re a student of church-state history, but we all owe her a debt. Read more

Lillian Gobitas, Robert Jackson, Minersville, Pledge of Allegiance, Jehovah’s Witnesses


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

Leaders of Religious Right groups are fond of telling us that if we elect more fundamentalist Christians to office, we’ll have less corruption. Biblical literalists must be more ethical, right? Read more

Robert McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell, Pat Robertson, virginia, ralph reed, Family Research Council, Ben Carson, Sean Hannity, sarah palin, Bryan Fischer, Glenn Beck, Tony Perkins


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

Over the weekend, Americans United Senior Litigation Counsel Greg Lipper took part in a panel discussion about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision at a meeting of the American Political Science Association here in Washington, D.C. Read more

Phillip Munoz, University of Notre Dame, Hobby Lobby, birth control, Napp Nazworth, Affordable Care Act


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

Have you heard the latest? The Internal Revenue Service has entered into a secret deal with an atheist group to monitor pastors all over America and squelch their political speech!

That’s the latest paranoid fantasy from the Religious Right. The truth, as is often the case, is much more mundane.

Before we get to the meat of things, some background: A lot of us in the separation of church and state community have been frustrated over the blatant partisan political activity that some churches (on the right and the left) engage in. Read more

Alliance Defending Freedom, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Sarah Posner, Freedom From Religion Foundation


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

Back in the 1990s, some Religious Right activists in Virginia got the bright idea to begin attacking America’s public libraries. The idea was to demonize public libraries in the same way that public schools have been successfully demonized by fundamentalists in some parts of the country.

The effort, dubbed “Family Friendly Libraries,” fell flat. Americans simply weren’t interested in allowing a bunch of far-right Christian fundamentalists to determine what books they or their children could read. Read more

censorship, Texas, Phillio Missick, King of Saints Tabernacle, Twilight, Harry Potter, Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, American Library Association, Banned Books Week, Vampire Knight, Blood Promise, Philip Pullman


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

OK, now we’ve done it. Those of us who advocate things like separation of church and state, secular government, LGBT rights and self-determination when it comes to issues of sexuality have really torqued off the Religious Right – so much so that some of them are thinking of going into exile. Read more

First Things, Carl Trueman, David Gibson, James Madison, Roger Williams, thomas jefferson, John Leland


Continue reading …

Rob Boston

Every couple of years, a story surfaces in the media about Religious Right leaders and their latest whine-fest. The script goes like this: They’re not happy because they still haven’t gotten everything they want. Read more

Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Harold Stassen, George W Bush, Gary Bauer, Religious Right, Republican Party


Continue reading …
Page 1 of 35123Next ›Last »