Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal group founded by attorney Mat Staver, isn’t exactly friendly to LGBTQ rights.
Last week, Mississippi lawmaker, Rep. Credell Calhoun (D), introduced a bill that would require public schools to post the Ten Commandments in every classroom, auditorium and cafeteria, and require teachers to read to the Ten Commandments aloud to their class each morning. In addition, the bill would also require all schools to begin each day with a 60-second moment of reflection.
There’s good news for public education and religious freedom in Colorado: This week marks the end of a nearly 7-year court battle over a private school voucher program in one suburban Denver county.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has just admitted something that has been obvious for quite some time: Right-wing evangelicals have no intention of criticizing President Donald Trump, no matter how low he goes, as long as he keeps delivering for them.
Americans United and our allies this week urged a federal appeals court to affirm that an eastern Pennsylvania school district has the right to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity.
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the first implementation of President Donald J. Trump’s Muslim ban. Since then, the Trump administration has attempted three versions of the ban – all to exclude people for their religious beliefs.
Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice (and failed U.S. Senate candidate) Roy Moore may be getting some competition. According to recent news accounts, a state judge in Texas has decided it’s all right to mix religion into courtroom proceedings.
Public schools are open to all students regardless of race, religion or ability. They are a unifying force in our society. Private school vouchers undermine our public schools by funneling desperately needed public resources away from them to fund the education of a few students at private, religious schools.
Vouchers also harm fundamental principles of religious freedom. Each of us should get to decide how – and whether – to support religion. But private school vouchers use public money to fund primarily religious education.
Starting this week, proponents of private school voucher schemes will be touting National School Choice Week – but what they won’t be touting is all the ways that vouchers harm public education and religious freedom.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review a case involving parents in Maryland who sought to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their child’s education at a private, religious school. The high court’s refusal to hear M.L. v. Smith leaves in place a lower court opinion that protects church-state separation.