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If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Religious Right Calls For Revival As Number Of U.S. Christians Declines

Simon BrownWall of SeparationWith the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans on the rise, the Religious Right is searching for a magic formula that will convert more people to fundamentalism. As far as two organizations are concerned, the solutio…

Simon BrownWall of SeparationIt is well known that the Religious Right has a habit of distorting reality. But a former member of Congress took that to a new level recently when he incorrectly assumed that his local Walmart (of all places) was overrun b…

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Simon Brown

When it comes to religion in America, the majority is most certainly not permitted to rule. Apparently an official in a North Carolina county is unaware of this fact, as evidenced by his recent claim that non-Christians should be banned from giving prayers before local government meetings.     Read more

Linclon County, north carolina, Carrol MItchem, Alex Patton, Greece v. Galloway
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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Greece v. Galloway, it seemed there would be little hope of stopping local governments from opening their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers. Read more

Judge James A Beaty, Greece v. Galloway, Rowan County Board of Commissioners, Joyner v. Forsyth County, ACLU of North Carolina
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Simon Brown

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Greece v. Galloway, it seemed there would be little hope of stopping local governments from opening their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers. Read more

Judge James A Beaty, Greece v. Galloway, Rowan County Board of Commissioners, Joyner v. Forsyth County, ACLU of North Carolina
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Rob Boston

A recent column by Michael Youssef on OneNewsNow, published by the American Family Association, carried an email subject line: “Who’s to blame for America’s moral decay?”

Talk about a loaded question! It assumes that there has been a moral decline; this is taken as a given. Read more

Moral decay, Socrates, American Family Association, OneNewsNow, Barack Obama, Poverty, Crime, Michael Youssef
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Simon BrownWall of SeparationThe Religious Right celebrated a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, but fundamentalists may soon change their tune if a humanistic group successfully uses i…

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It is well documented that the Religious Right thinks President Barack Obama either isn’t religious enough or is the “wrong” religion. But it turns out that when it comes to presidents and their personal beliefs, these sentiments are nothing new. As it turns out, Americans have a long history of claiming that the president just isn’t Christian enough for their liking. Read more

Gary Scott Smith, thomas jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George W Bush, William McKinley, Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman, Barack Obama, Religious Right
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Gregory Lipper

Tuesday’s marriage arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court hinted at coming battles over the right of religious business owners or organizations to discriminate against gays and lesbians in contexts outside of marriage itself. Indeed, several briefs to the high court—and a few justices at oral argument—suggested that if same-sex people have a constitutional right to get married, it will be more difficult for individuals and businesses to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against same-sex people in other settings. Read more

Supreme Court, Donald Verrilli, Becket Fund, Douglas Laycock, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Loving v. Virginia, Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Obergefell v Hodges
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Simon BrownWall of SeparationThe Religious Right likes to blame church-state separation for everything from rising crime to falling church attendance. But a former member of Congress thinks separation is responsible for something else as well: football…

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