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‘School Choice Week’: Don’t Buy The Lie

Maggie Garrett

This week is “National School Choice” week. Although many of the participants and supporters of the event join solely to support public school choice options, like charter schools and magnets schools, the organizers’ true purpose is to push private school choice options, specifically vouchers. Read more



Simon Brown

Americans United has long been skeptical that Ark Encounter, a proposed theme park in Kentucky that will feature a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark, could ever live up to the enormous projected attendance figures claimed by its leadership in order to secure public assistance. As it turns out, the numbers submitted by Ark Encounter were indeed wildly inflated. Read more

Answers in Genesis, Ark Encounter, Ark Park, Ken Ham, Kentucky Tourism Cabinet, Hunden Strategic Partners, America’s Research Group, Britt Breemer, Creation Museum


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Simon Brown

TV preacher Pat Robertson might be the king of the head scratchers, and he unleashed another whopper recently when he claimed that God performs fewer miracles in the United States because of our widespread belief in evolution. Read more

Pat Robertson, creationism, evolution, Ivy League, Africa, Dr. Francis Collins, Jeff Hardin, Denis Alexander


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Simon Brown

In the wake of a terrorist attack in Paris that resulted in the murder of 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a lot of people on this side of the Atlantic are wondering what limits, if any, should be placed on our freedom to mock religion. Read more

Paris, Charlie Hebdo, First Amendment, Pope Francis, Islam, Christianity, Democrat, Republican


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Simon Brown

As federal courts tell more and more states that they must allow same-sex marriage, it seems one of the few remaining holdouts is bracing for the inevitable. Texas, which hates to be messed with and loves to hate “non-traditional” marriage, has come up with a bill that would punish state clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Read more

Rep. Cecil Bell, Texas HB 623, marriage equality, States Rights, Civil War, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals


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Simon Brown

Some fundamentalist Christians are clueless when it comes to free speech. They seem to think they have the right to say whatever they want without any sort of consequences. But as Atlanta’s fire chief recently learned, public officials can’t spread anti-gay propaganda in the workplace and keep their job. Read more

Mayor Kasim Reed, Kelvin Cochran, Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, Gary Cass, Erick Erickson


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Simon Brown

One-time Pat Robertson golden child Robert F. McDonnell’s fall from grace reached its conclusion yesterday as the former Virginia governor was sentenced to two years in federal prison for what has been described as “lending the prestige of the governor’s office” to a local businessman in exchange for money, trips and fancy toys. Read more

Robert F. McDonnell, Pat Robertson, Regent University, Maureen McDonnell, Rod Blagojevich, James R. Spencer


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Rob Boston

It’s the time of year to review the events of the past 12 months, determine who’s hot and who’s not, what’s in and what’s out, etc.

With that thought in mind, here are what we at the “Wall of Separation” believe to be the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2014: Read more

Greece v. Galloway, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Ark Encounter, Hobby Lobby, the Satanic Temple


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Simon Brown

Earlier this month, some private and religious schools participating in Indiana’s voucher program revealed that they had erroneously received $3.9 million thanks to miscalculations. Read more

Gov. Mike Pence, school choice, Indiana Department of Education


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Simon Brown

A church that tried to argue the First Amendment shields it from being hauled into any U.S. court just got hit with a $1.9 million judgment after a jury ruled it had discriminated against a former Catholic school teacher who sought in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read more

Emily Herx, Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, St. Vincent de Paul School, In Vitro Fertilization


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