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Park Proposal: Iowa Town Needs A Memorial For All Of Its Veterans

Rob BostonWall of SeparationThe people of Knoxville, Iowa, are not pleased with Americans United.Residents of the community of about 7,000 south of Des Moines are upset because attorneys with Americans United wrote to town officials and told them to re…

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A Kentucky clerk who filed a lawsuit because she doesn’t want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost yet another appeal – but she still refuses to either do her job or find another one. Read more

Kim Davis, Casey Davis, Marriage Equality, kentucky, Obergefell v. Hodges
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Simon BrownWall of SeparationWith Donald Trump getting all the attention in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, other candidates are getting increasingly desperate to stay relevant. Enter U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Tea Party darling…

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Although Kentucky officials rightly rejected up to $18 million in tax rebates for an overtly religious theme park last year, it seems some state lawmakers are still hell bent on doing everything in their power to offer public assistance to that attraction.   Read more

Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, Ark Encounter, Ark Park, kentucky, Damon Thayer, Chris Girdler
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Although Kentucky officials rightly rejected up to $18 million in tax rebates for an overtly religious theme park last year, it seems some state lawmakers are still hell bent on doing everything in their power to offer public assistance to that attraction.   Read more

Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, Ark Encounter, Ark Park, kentucky, Damon Thayer, Chris Girdler
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Let’s say you know of a state lawmaker who used taxpayer money to promote religion at a pre-school he owns. Imagine that he also legally adopted two children, then allegedly “re-homed” them with a man who was later accused of abusing one of those children. Would such an individual deserve an award for “courage”? The Religious Right seems to think so. Read more

Rep. Justin Harris, Arkansas, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Family Council, Focus On The Family, Family Council Action Committee, Arkansas Better Choice program
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Simon BrownWall of SeparationNow that marriage equality is officially on the books in the United States, the bills racked up by state officials who decided to listen to the Religious Right in defense of a lost cause are coming due. One of those debts i…

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Some Religious Right operatives have said they would rather go to jail than accept marriage equality in the states. Although Texas’ attorney general has not yet made so bold a statement, he may nonetheless spend some time behind bars for his refusal to cooperate with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decision. Read more

Ken Paxton, Texas, Obergefell v Hodges, Marriage Equality, Protect Thy Neighbor, John Stone-Hoskins
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Simon BrownWall of SeparationThe far right makes no secret of its hatred for the Internal Revenue Service, but recent comments by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should earn the agency a few brownie points with fundamentalists who fear that Christian co…

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Pope Francis will visit the United States in September, with scheduled stops in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. But as the date of his arrival draws nearer, it seems some localities are concerned about the costs associated with a papal visit – so they’re looking for a taxpayer bailout. Read more

Pope Francis, Vatican City, Middletown Township, Pope John Paul II, Pennsylvania
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