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The Part of the First Amendment that Walter Jones Hasn’t Read

Text of H.Res. 399, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (NC): Text of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Whereas the United States of America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and even today many Americans believe that our strength comes from these principles;

Whereas the creator is explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of […]

Congressional Bill Creates Special Right to Break the Law and Persecute Others, Only for those with Right-Wing Religion

60% of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 69% of the Republican members of the U.S. Senate are acting to narrowly protect people who use hold religious beliefs and use a combination of those religious beliefs and their government positions to persecute others.

I’m not making this up. Go read the […]

The Problematic Prayer Of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

The U.S. Government God is a god of war, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is all too happy to be its priest. […]

NY Republican: Ban Religion in NYC to prevent the spread of Repression

In his latest display of mental gymnastics, Republican candidate for Governor of New York State Carl Paladino has just completed either a disastrously unsuccessful triple lutz or a spot-on bellyflop:

As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument […]

H.Con.Res. 274: Sneaking Religion Under the Door, Damn the First Amendment

This morning brings news of fundamentalists in Queensland Australia sneaking their religion into school instruction, but we needn’t look as far as Australia for evidence of government-based proselytization on the sly.

The United States Constitution is very clear when it comes to the role of religion in American politics. Religion is only mentioned twice in […]

Memo to Sarah Palin on Religious Intolerance and the “Mosque”

Dear Sarah Palin:

You have repeatedly issued declarations online asking that “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan” and that New York issue “a decision not to allow the building of a mosque.”

Let’s make a quick check of the facts:

1. It’s not “a mosque.” The Cordoba Center will be an […]

Tea Party Express Chair Comes Out Swinging Against the 1st Amendment

Tea Party Express Chairman Mark Williams has taken to posing for speeches in front of a big enlarged document that starts with the words “We The People.” He might want to try turning around and reading the rest of the words on that document before he opens his mouth again.

Reaction has been strong to […]

Rally in Denver for the Separation of Church and State, 9/28/08

As the recently revealed Muthee-Palin sermon reveals, there are people out there trying to turn our secular democracy into a Christian theocracy — people whose ties may lead them to the White House. It’s not just the Republican Party to which I refer; last month in Denver, the Democratic Party excluded non-religious Americans from its […]

GOP Platform Supports Religious Discrimination

In their platform, the Republicans focus on the ability of government-funded religious bureaucracies to discriminate on the basis of religion. That means, for example, that a government-funded program could fire someone from a government-funded job for refusing to convert to Catholicism. […]

Watch Out for Details in Obama’s Faith-Based Giveout to Churches

The news is coming out this morning that Barack Obama plans as president not just to maintain George W. Bush’s program of “faith-based initiatives,” but to expand them. Some historical background: Bush’s program expanded upon previous law, under which churches, mosques, synagogues and wiccan covens could already obtain government funds to run social service programs. […]

H.Res. 888: Bigots Seek to Establish Christian Religion in Government

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there exists within our government a set of people whose aim is to undo the very basis of American government from within. Their last names don’t start with “al-,” and their skin tends toward a pasty shade of pink, so our eyes don’t see them as […]