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As Schools Close, Catholic Organizations Spend Wildly to Stop Equal Rights

As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest […]

1/2 of GOP Candidates for Governor of Maine Would Put Creationism in Public Schools

They say the Republican Party in Maine is pretty darned liberal. But what do the Republican Party candidates for Governor say for themselves? In a televised debate on May 27 2010, Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Jennifer Rooks asked each of the GOP candidates for Governor of Maine the following question in the debate’s lightning round:

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It Still Isn’t a More Dangerous World for our Kids

Three and a half years ago, amid declarations from fellow parents around me that “It’s a more dangerous world out there for kids these days” and “It’s just different from when we grew up,” my first-grader came home from school informing me that they’d had a “lockdown” drill at his elementary school to practice in […]

Senate Ends Unsuccessful DC Religious School Voucher Experiment

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 […]

ACLU Defends Christian Students’ Anti-Islam Tshirts

It seems that the Alachua County Schools allow only messages that praise religious beliefs, while banning messages that criticize religious beliefs – an unfairly skewed form of censorship. […]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can't Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period […]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can’t Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period […]

Nemitz Peels Back Facade of Stand for Marriage Maine

In a careful and thorough column, Bill Nemitz uncovers some interesting information about Marc Mutty, the organization called Stand for Marriage Maine, and their effort to put an end to marriage equality in Maine in a referendum this fall:

* Marc Mutty has two jobs: as Director of Public Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese […]

Republican Party Continues War Against Contraception (H.R. 2458)

Let’s talk about fertilized eggs. Read up on the stages of human embryological development and you’ll see what a tiny, tiny thing a fertilized egg is. Read some more and you’ll figure out that many stages of development, over many days, must occur before an embryonic disc develops so much as a neural groove. You’ll […]

Maine DOE: We Must Violate Your Child's Privacy. Computer Said So. Moo.

This year, the Maine Department of Education has instituted a new policy, requiring every public school principal to send on the name and infraction details of any child suspended from school to the state government for inclusion in a massive database recording the behaviors of youth. We’re not talking about criminals here — we’re talking […]

Maine DOE: We Must Violate Your Child’s Privacy. Computer Said So. Moo.

This year, the Maine Department of Education has instituted a new policy, requiring every public school principal to send on the name and infraction details of any child suspended from school to the state government for inclusion in a massive database recording the behaviors of youth. We’re not talking about criminals here — we’re talking […]