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Intolerance In Irving: Texas Islamic Center Stalked By Armed Group

Imagine heading out one morning to attend services at your house of worship or a meeting of a local humanist or freethought group.

Imagine arriving at the facility only to find a band of people – many of them wearing masks and all of them carrying assault rifles, pistols and other weapons – marching in front of the building. Read more

Thanksgiving: What I’m Thankful For – Besides The Turkey And Dressing

Editor's Note: This post originally ran on Thanksgiving Day 2007. It was written by Joe Conn, Americans United's former director of communications. Joe, who retired in July of 2013 after a remarkable 33 years of service to AU, makes the case for being thankful for the church-state wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace? Read more

Freedom vs. Fear: Restricting Religious Liberty Isn't The Answer To Terrorism

Last week, a community meeting was held in Spotsylvania County, Va., to discuss plans by a group of Muslims who want to relocate and expand an Islamic center where they have been worshipping for 15 years.

What should have been a routine matter of zoning turned ugly when two men in the audience began hurling insults. Read more

Who’s Been Naughty, Who’s Been Nice?: The AFA Explains It All For You

If you’re like me, you’ve been sitting around anxiously awaiting the release of the American Family Association’s “Naughty or Nice” list of retailers for the 2015 holiday season.

Just kidding. I haven’t been awaiting the release of this list – and I suspect you haven’t either – but the AFA sent it to me earlier this week, so let’s take a look at it, shall we? Read more

Jesus vs. Mr. Magoo In Court?: Ky. County Official Hangs Drawings Of Cartoon Characters To Save Devotional Portrait

A Kentucky county courthouse may become the scene of a new First Amendment battle.

The Breathitt County Courthouse has displayed a charcoal sketch of Jesus since 1981, and Judge-Executive John Lester Smith says it’s not coming down – despite a recent letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

“‘Til a federal judge tells me otherwise, I intend for it to be as it is,” Smith told the Lexington Herald-Leader. Read more

Give Us Your Huddled Masses (If They’re Christians): GOP Hopefuls Call For Rejecting Muslim Refugees Fleeing ISIS

The U.S. government should refuse to resettle Syrian Muslims, two presidential candidates announced this weekend. Reacting to Friday’s devastating Paris attacks, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) both advised the government to agree to resettle only Syrian Christians. Read more

Scripture Stories: Religious Right Claims About The ‘Aitken Bible’ Don’t Hold Up

Tomorrow several conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives plan to hold a public reading of the Aitken Bible on the East Front Lawn of the Capitol. Among the participants will be U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who once famously quizzed AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn about hell during a congressional hearing. Read more