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Faith Fibs: Religious Right Falsely Claims Army Chaplain Was Punished Simply For Sharing His Beliefs

Simon Brown

Another day, another phony outrage from the Religious Right. This time, the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are claiming that a U.S. Army chaplain was punished for simply sharing his faith at an official event. But as usual, these fundamentalists aren’t telling the whole story.     Read more



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If a Mississippi pastor who recently “married” his horse is the best argument the Religious Right has left for halting the spread of same-sex marriage, it’s safe to say this battle is just about over.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban. But that case remains under appeal, so gay marriages in the state are on hold pending the final outcome of the legal challenge. Read more

Rev. Edward James, Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, same-sex marriage


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It’s a Christmas miracle! After years of complaints by Americans United about Kentucky’s ongoing taxpayer assistance for a Christian fundamentalist theme park, state officials finally said they will not offer the project generous tax subsidies. Read more

Steve Beshear, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, Answers in Genesis, Ark Park, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Bob Stewart, Times Square


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Governments – particularly those of the local variety – are supposed to be inclusive toward all citizens they serve. But some members of a Florida city council are clearly unaware of this responsibility, since they felt it was appropriate to walk out of a recent meeting right before an atheist was to deliver a message. Read more

Lake Worth City Commission, Pam Triolo, Christopher McVoy, Preston Smith, Greece v. Galloway


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It seems creationists are running out of ways to undermine evolution after a federal judge tossed a lawsuit that had sought to ban evolution from public school classrooms on the grounds that it promotes atheism. Read more

Next Generation Science Standards, Citizens for Objective Public Education, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree, Edwards v. Aguillard


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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) once said of himself and his Religious Right allies: “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side….” After Santorum’s recent comments about church-state separation, it’s not hard to see why. During a conference call with members of extremist pastor (and failed Virginia political candidate) E.W. Read more

Rick Santorum, Soviet Constitution, James Madison, Roger Williams, thomas jefferson, Communism, EW Jackson, Leo Pfeffer


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While the Religious Right crows about a new phony “war” on Thanksgiving, you may soon find yourself seated at the dinner table next to someone who insists on promoting the false notion that church-state separation isn’t found in the Constitution or that the Founding Fathers were all right-wing Christians. Read more

Treaty of Tripoli, James Madison, John Adams, thanksgiving, Leo Pfeffer, IRS, Founding Fathers


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It finally happened – a church has claimed that U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over it because of its “religious freedom” rights.      Read more

Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, Emily Herx, St. Vincent de Paul School, Hobby Lobby


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The Religious Right doesn’t want the government getting involved with church activities – except when churches do things fundamentalists don’t like.

You may have heard about the recent flap over the Muslim prayer service held last week at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. On Nov. 14, the church hosted several hundred Muslims in an attempt to build positive relations between Islam and Christianity. Read more

Rep. Louie Gohmert, Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, Religious Right, Ebrahim Rasool


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The latest scare story making the Religious Right rounds involves a group of Colorado high school students who were told they could not meet during the school day for Christian prayer. As usual, the situation is not what it seems. Read more

Alliance Defending Freedom, Chase Windebank, Todd Starnes, Fox News, Religious Right, Pine Creek High School


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