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The Praying Parents Case

A new development in the Praying Parents case from Wilson County, Tennessee. This is an establishment clause case brought by the ACLU on behalf of parents in the district (full name: John and Jane Doe v. Wilson County School System). There is a group there called the Praying Parents who meet at the school to…

In yet another shakedown for money, the Alliance Defense Fund has used lawsuit threats and intimidation to force a school to pay tax dollars to them. Howard Friedman reports: Last week, a Wisconsin federal district judge approved a settlement by the University of Wisconsin- Superior of a suit brought against it by the Inter-Varsity Christian…

The scandal over the firing of 8 US attorneys, and particularly the resignation of Monica Goodling, has turned up a very curious and interesting fact. Goodling, a senior aide to Attorney General Gonzales, is a graduate of Regent University (formerly CBN University) Law School. Now that by itself isn’t terribly unusual, but as Dahlia Lithwick…

Remember Warren Chisum, the clueless Texas legislator who circulated the memo to his colleagues from an even more clueless Arkansas legislator claiming that heliocentricity and evolution were part of a Jewish conspiracy to destroy Christianity? Well now he’s submitted a bill to require that all schools in Texas offer a course in the Bible as…

And another case that I just can’t believe the school would bother to try and defend. A school in New York refused to allow a 4th grader to hand out a little postcard sized flyer about her belief in God to her schoolmates. The parents filed suit and a Federal judge, in what was surely…

The 9th circuit has denied an en banc rehearing in Faith Center Church v. Glover, one of the worst church/state decisions I’ve seen in a long time. The case involves a public library that makes its meeting rooms available to all community groups except religious groups. When they refused to rent the facility to a…

The Worldnutdaily, STACLU and other religious right sources have been all over the story of a group of students who were told they couldn’t pray as a group at a school in Washington. The right wing media has been busy distorting the facts of the case. According to the group’s statement, the affected students had…

You’ve gotta love it when the Christian Nation crowd leaves out pesky little details that undermine their arguments. Take this column by Judge Roy Moore where he glosses over some minor little facts. Like this: For the past 45 years, courts and judges have been very active in prohibiting the public worship of God. In…

Cert Denied in Church/State Cases

The Supreme Court denied cert in Skoros v. New York City, a case over the policy in the New York public schools that says schools cannot display nativity scenes but can display the Jewish menorah and the Muslim star and crescent. It also allows the display of secular Christmas symbols like Santa, reindeer and the…

Lawsuit Filed Against William and Mary

I haven’t written about this case previously, but it’s been going on for quite some time. The College of William and Mary decided a few months ago to remove the cross from the Wren Chapel on their campus because it was being used by a wide range of religious groups on campus, not just Christian…