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A prominent evangelical Christian campus ministry has lost its official recognition at 23 public colleges in California thanks to the organization’s discriminatory policies. Read more

InterVarsity Christan Fellowship, California State University


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A city councilman in Washington state has a stance on pre-meeting prayers that is too extreme for even some staunch Religious Right allies to accept.

John Trumbo of the Kennewick City Council recently suggested that council meetings ought to open with an invocation “directed in name and reference to the same God addressed in the Founding Fathers’ signatory documents that established this nation,” the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald reported. Read more

Greece v. Galloway, John Trumbo, Mayor John Rees, Founding Fathers, Alliance Defending Freedom, Joseph Richardson


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A “school choice” advocacy group recently put out a report card on voucher programs around the country, but the rankings aren’t based on things like test scores, graduation rates or college prep. Instead, the Center For Education Reform (CER) rated state programs based on how easy it is for students to obtain a voucher.

CER looked at the 14 states plus Washington, D.C., with voucher schemes. It gave out three As, three Bs, seven Cs and two Ds. Read more

Center For Education Reform, Walton Family Foundation, school choice


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The Town Board of Greece, N.Y., has issued its formal policy on pre-meeting prayers, leading to a combination of confusion and backlash.  

Almost four months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that while communities are free to open their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers, they may not exclude other points of view. Read more

Greece Town Board, Greece v. Galloway, Supreme Court, Alliance Defending Freedom


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An Alabama official wants to display the Ten Commandments outside a county courthouse, and he thinks he can justify the location of said monument by arguing that the famous list of biblical laws simply isn’t religious.

Instead, said Jackson County Commissioner Tim Guffey (R), he just wants people to know the supposed basis behind America’s most famous documents. Read more

Tim Guffey, ten commandments, Roy Moore, Constitution, Declaration of Independence


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As usual, the Religious Right’s outrage over a so-called “attack” on faith in a public school isn’t quite what it seems. Read more

Kendra Turner, God Bless You, Dyer County High School, Friendly Atheist, Todd Starnes, Hemant Mehta, Religious Right


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For the second year in a row Philadelphia’s public schools are struggling to open on time, and it appears deep budget cuts – including money siphoned for a voucher-like program – are to blame. Read more

Tom Corbett, tax credit, Philadelphia Public Schools, William Hite


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For the second year in a row Philadelphia’s public schools are struggling to open on time, and it appears deep budget cuts – including money siphoned for a voucher-like program – are to blame. Read more

Tom Corbett, tax credit, Philadelphia Public Schools, William Hite


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There’s little doubt the Religious Right lives in an alternate universe. But if you need proof, look no further than the fundamentalist response to backlash faced by several business owners who refused to serve LGBT customers.

W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pa, and the Inne of the Abingtons – they tried to class it up with an extra “e” – in North Abington, Pa., each recently refused to offer their services to same-sex couples. Read more

W W Bridal Boutique, Inne of the Abingtons, John Antolick, Tony Perkins, Mat Staver, Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, Victoria Miller


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