church-state separation

Chief Obstacle to Racial Reconciliation is the Religious Right

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The obstacles to a successful US Truth and Reconciliation Commission in this country can be found everywhere. A commission such as this is an extra-judcial forum available to all stakeholders to face the past and find solutions, together, as one nation, healing the wounds and lasting effects of racism. It's easy to find examples of these obstacles because we don't have to look farther than at the exact same gang of corporate outlaws perverting our Constitution wherever and whenever possible to advance their greed while denying science, equal rights, and, yeah, facts. An apt example is the new Noah's Ark attraction in Tennessee ...

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Did Ted Cruz Mess With Your Church?

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Today, we're searching for data on just how many churches openly violated their tax-exempt status yesterday by reading from their pulpits a sermon written and sent to them by Senator Ted Cruz to rally support for a government shutdown to defund *Planned Parenthood. On the left, we are seriously questioning the right of religious organizations to maintain their taxpayer subsidies for preaching hate and discrimination. On the right, we hear protests against churches preaching about and facilitating sanctuary cities protecting undocumented immigrants. But, no matter where you stand, few actions so clearly define the bankruptcy of church-state ...

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Will President Obama Miss the Chance to Stand Up for Church-State Separation?

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There is a portion of a 2007 presidential memo pertaining to the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that has been interpreted wrongly, distorted, as a safe harbor for legalized discrimination by tax-exempt faith-based organizations receiving federal funding. (This memo comes from the same George W. Bush's Office of Legal Counsel that brought us the memo making it okay to torture, by the way.) Recently 130 organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org), Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org), National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (avp.org), and AFSCME, sent President Obama Read More

Religious Non-Profits Ignore the Law

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There is new reason to hope that the influence of religion in government has finally embarked on its long journey to extinction. More and more, the hypocrisy of every argument made that seeks to vacate our constitutional right to church-state separation is being more fully exposed and often struck down by the courts (here, here). There is nothing inherently wrong with religion or faith in a god's eventual salvation of man. There is even room in government to work alongside "faith-based" organizations in satisfying the population's need for social services. Whether a large behemoth like ...

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A Roadmap to #DrawTheLine for Church-State Separation

Many people I speak to and correspond with are looking for an agenda to #DrawTheLine between church and state. As previously stated, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (au.org) is one of the best organizations setting that agenda and tracking our victories. While most of us tend to focus on national politics more than state politics, and even less on local politics, we have to keep in mind that school board members and city council members grow up to be state lawmakers and national candidates, so the front line for most of this work starts ...

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Hashtags Breed Hashtags at Netroots Nation 2015

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I came to Netroots Nation this year after a 2-year absence in part to align with other activists and writers who are interested in ending the religious right's erasure of church-state separation. We started with the too long hashtag, #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, presenting ideas for precipitating mass resignations through the exposure of dozens, even hundreds, of our elected and appointed officials who hold loyalties higher than the oaths of office they took when entering office, and their paper trail of ethical and financial misconduct because of those loyalties. Our first tweet with some new hashtags was heavily engaged:     Help us Read More