Monkey Business over Ohio City’s Proposed “Science Month”

January 31, 2009

The Columbus, Ohio suburb of Whitehall is awash in controversy over a proposal to designate February as “Science Month.”

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Long-Settled Evolution “Debate” Rages in Texas, Louisiana

January 22, 2009

Despite the federal courts’ banning the unconstitutional teaching of creationism and intelligent design in public schools, the Boards of Education of at least two states are still attempting to inject discussions of so-called "weaknesses" of evolution into the curriculum.

In Texas:

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Obama’s First Day: A Religious Right Roundup

January 21, 2009

I thought it would be interesting to find out what the Religious Right has been up to on the first full day of Barack Obama’s presidency.  Recall that   in yesterday’s inaugural address President Obama pledged to restore science and gave a nod to religious minorities—most …

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Change Comes to WhiteHouse.gov; Faith-Based Initiatives Out, Gay Rights In

January 21, 2009

Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on a promise to "bring change to America."  Yesterday change came swiftly to the White House’s official webpage—   reportedly within minutes of Obama’s taking the oath of office. 

The newly-revamped

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Court Rules that White House Must Reveal Visits by Religious Right Leaders

January 17, 2009

Last week the Bush administration lost a courtroom battle to maintain a shroud of secrecy over nine prominent Religious Right leaders’ alleged visits to the White House and to Dick Cheney’s home.  The government watchdog group   Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had …

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Bush Declares “National Sanctity of Human Life Day”

January 16, 2009

George W. Bush, who entered office pledging to be a "uniter, not a divider," is leaving office by issuing an official Proclamation on the most divisive issue in American politics: abortion.  Yesterday   he declared January 18 to be "National Sanctity of Human Life Day 2009."   …

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Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in Newdow Suit

January 16, 2009

Yesterday the     Washington Post     reported that federal district judge Reggie B. Walton has denied the temporary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in   Newdow v. Roberts . This decision allows Barack Obama’s oath of office to include the …

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Defendants File Answers in Newdow Inauguration Lawsuit

January 11, 2009

Another update on   Newdow v. Roberts , Michael Newdow’s lawsuit challenging the use of prayer and the addition of the words "so help me God" at the Presidential Inauguration (   see my prior post ): both the Presidential Inauguration Committee and the federal …

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Mississippi Bill Targets Biology Books

January 10, 2009

Last week the Mississippi state legislature took up an anti-evolution bill that would require the State Board of Education to place disclaimer stickers in every textbook that discusses evolution.    House Bill No. 25 , introduced by state representative Gary Chism, sets forth a lengthy required …

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State Attorneys General Oppose Challenge to Inauguration Ceremony

January 09, 2009

An update on the   recently-filed lawsuit challenging the use of prayer and the addition of the words "so help me God" at this month’s Presidential Inauguration:  yesterday all 50 state Attorneys General,   led by Texas AG Greg Abbott and joined by …

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