May 11, 2014 (FP) — After a favorable ruling by a federal judge, the council of the majority-Muslim township of Stewart, Michigan has agreed to continue a practice of beginning all town governmental meetings with an exclusively Islamic call to prayer led by an imam from the Islamic Center of Stewart. Judge Aalim Davis ruled [...]
This morning, I read in the Bangor Daily News and at WGME that Pastor Debbie Phillips of an organization called “Life Choices” was brought to the public middle and high schools of Biddeford, Maine. What happened, what kind of an organization is Life Choices, and does it belong in your public school?
What happened in [...]
Every time someone buys one of Irregular Times’ sweatshop-free shirts, we set aside a dollar to send overseas to help communities in other countries with problems they may face. One of the many problems Uganda faces is education. Uganda ranks 127th in the world in per-capita public spending on education, and only 66.8% of the [...]
We sell American-made political shirts to keep Irregular Times going because shirts made in other countries are notorious for noxious sweatshop labor conditions, not because we’re xenophobes. We believe strongly that money should flow to parts of the world where people are living in desperate poverty, and so for every shirt we sell we pledge [...]
Satanic Panic by Jeffrey S. Victor is a great book for its empirical thoroughness, tracking the spread of rumors about Satanic cults across the United States in the 1980s, documenting a complete lack of evidence for actual cult activity, and working to explain how an utterly fictitious threat could have aroused a vivid campaign of [...]
Pope Benedict has been complaining this week about the “Anti-Clericalism” in the country of Spain. Specifically, he’s upset that the government of Spain no longer requires its schoolkids to take lessons in how to be a faithful Catholic in the Spanish public schools. If Pope Benedict must insist that anything less than mandatory religious education [...]
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 [...]
In a roll-call vote yesterday, the U.S. Senate ended the federally-mandated voucher program for Washington DC called the “DC Opportunity Scholarships.” In this voucher program, public money was taken out of public schools and given to private schools — 82% of which were religious schools in 2009. Studies by the Institute for Education Sciences found [...]
This fall, the Congressional Prayer Caucus has brought H.R. 3477 to the floor of the House of Representatives. It’s called the CHURCH Act of 2009, and if that isn’t enough to tip you off, consider the acronym when the word CHURCH in the title is all spelled out: the full name of the legislation is [...]
I’ve been having a conversation with someone named Jacob who considers Irregular Times to be his missionary ground. As part of his efforts, he has cut and pasted in claims you can find verbatim on a number of Christian proselytization websites, Got Questions? being a typical one. Here’s part of the text Jacob pasted in: