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Our Top Stories: Ten Prominent Church-State Flaps From 2015

As 2015 winds down, you’ll encounter a lot of lists – best movies of the year, what’s hot and what’s not and so on. Well, here’s our version of that: a list of what we at “The Wall of Separation” consider to be the Top Ten church-state stories of 2015:

It Can Happen Here: Trump Call For Excluding Muslims From U.S. Has Disturbing Precedents

Two months after Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese sentiment hit a thundering peak in the U.S. To many, Japanese Americans had become enemy aliens whose presence represented a real threat to national security. As The New York Times reported last year, this was a mainstream argument at the time, not some fantastical fringe fiction.

Misleading Meeting: Trump Confab With Minority Pastors Was Far Less Than Advertised

In an effort to court both African Americans and religious voters, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump held a meeting yesterday with a group of black ministers. That much is clear. What is not clear is just how many attendees actually supported the bombastic political novice and if attendance was anywhere near as high as Trump claimed.

Lost Weekend

Republican presidential hope­ful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a rather ambitious plan for day one of his term as chief executive.

Warped Weekend: Extreme Comments From The Values Voter Summit

The “Values Voter Summit” (VVS), an annual Religious Right gathering in Washington, D.C., took place over the weekend. The rhetoric at the confab, which is now in its 10th year, is pretty consistent: speakers preach Christian “persecution,” Islamophobia, homophobia, dissatisfaction with the federal government and religious revivalism to whip about 3,000 attendees into a frenzy.

A Cardinal Mistake: NYC Prelate Tries To Smear Americans United

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City recently penned a column for the New York Daily News criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on immigration. For some reason, Dolan attacked Americans United in the column, even comparing AU to the Ku Klux Klan!

It was an odd thing to do because Americans United has never taken, and does not today take, a stand on immigration. We limit our activities to separation of church and state. And, of course, AU has never engaged in the violent actions and hateful rhetoric of racist organizations like the Klan.

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