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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.

Flight Turbulence: Another Example Of Runaway Religious Accommodations

Rob Boston

The last time I flew on a commercial plane, a toddler threw an iPhone at me.

The girl looked to be about a year and half old, and her mother was very apologetic. I smiled as I handed the phone back – it had bounced off my shoulder – and joked, “Your daughter has a good arm. Maybe she’ll play baseball someday.” Read more

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Last week I taped an interview with Sister Maureen Fielder, host of “Interfaith Voices,” a popular radio program exploring religious issues that is carried by many NPR stations.

The topic of the show was Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law, and appearing with me was Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, a libertarian journal. We had a spirited but thoughtful discussion. Read more

Maureen Fielder, Interfaith Voices, mollie ziegler hemingway, Mike Pence, same-sex marriage, Indiana
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Last week, Americans United wrote to John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and told him that it’s high time he began enforcing the law prohibiting partisan politicking by houses of worship and other tax-exempt entities. Read more

Jerry Falwell Jr., Ted Cruz, Liberty University, John Koskinen, IRS, Alicia Petska, David Corry
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Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

David Lane, ralph reed, Christian Coalition, American Family Association, Family Reasearch Council, David Barton, Jerry Falwell, Alliance Defending Freedom, Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson
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The New York Times over the weekend ran a provocative column by Kevin M. Kruse, a history professor at Princeton University, on the origins of the “Christian nation” myth. Read more

Steven K. Green, christian nation, Kevin M. Kruse, Family Reasearch Council, Ronald Reagan, Ayn Rand, Heritage Foundation, Great Depression, Franklin D Roosevelt
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The New York Times over the weekend ran a provocative column by Kevin M. Kruse, a history professor at Princeton University, on the origins of the “Christian nation” myth. Read more

Steven K. Green, christian nation, Kevin M. Kruse, Family Reasearch Council, Ronald Reagan, Ayn Rand, Heritage Foundation, Great Depression, Franklin D Roosevelt
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Every now and then, while scanning the day’s news, I come across a headline that’s hard to believe.

Like this one: “California lawyer proposes ballot measure to execute gays.”

Someone’s idea of a joke, perhaps? Well, it’s not funny. Read more

Christian Reconstrutionism. Rousas John Rushdoony, California, Matthew McLaughlin, oxen
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Last night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to same-sex marriages in the state.

This was a very curious action. As you may recall, a federal court earlier this year declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay this ruling. This paved the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Alabama on Feb. 9. Read more

Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama, same-sex marriage, George Wallace
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Last week an article began circulating on social media claiming that 57 percent of Republicans in a recent poll said they believe Christianity should be the county’s official religion.

I didn’t want to believe this at first. I figured it must be an internet poll, or one that relied on a confusing question. Read more

United Church of Christ, Barry W. Lynn, President Barack Obama, Public Policy Polling
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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

David Barton, Oral Roberts University, Warren Throckmorton, Kyle Mantyla, People For the American Way, Right Wing Watch, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Judy Jennings, Chris Rodda, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Hrafnkell Haraldsson
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