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Bad History: Another Ala. Official Thinks The Constitution Is Based On The Ten Commandments

Simon Brown

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



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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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An Alabama atheist who spoke out against a proposed “In God We Trust” display at Mobile’s Government Plaza is facing the sort of vicious backlash that has become far too common for those who challenge government-sponsored religion. Read more

Amanda Scott, Mobile Government Plaza, in god we trust, Mobile County Commission


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Some regulatory officials in Alabama are taking issue with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal intended to reduce carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants, and they want the EPA to back off because they say their state’s coal deposits are no less than a gift from God.   Read more

Twinkle Cavanaugh, Chip Beeker, Alabama Public Service Commission, coal, Environmental Protection Agency


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For years, Americans United has been critical of attempts by local and state lawmakers in Kentucky to provide financial assistance to Ark Encounter, a proposed theme park that would feature a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark. Now Ken Ham, head of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), which is spearheading the project, finally responded to AU’s criticisms. Read more

Ark Park, Ark Encounter, Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, City of Williamstown, Noah’s Ark


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In a move straight out of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s playbook, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued an official proclamation instructing citizens to pray and repent and presided over a revival event on the grounds of the state capitol.

In April, Branstad signed the proclamation urging everyone in the state of Iowa to repent and pray daily. He also invited them to join in a day of prayer, fasting and repentance on July 14 on the grounds of the state capitol. Read more

Gov. Terry Branstad, George Washington, revival, Pray 7/14/14, Sam Brownback


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It seems more and more Americans with a religious affiliation are becoming less and less happy with President Barack Obama’s job performance – and that might be a good thing.

A poll released by Gallup last week found that Obama’s approval rating for January through June was 43 percent, which represents a 5 percent drop from the average rating for his entire presidency. Read more

President Obama, Gallup Poll


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