Wednesday, January 19, 2011
While many people think of ACLU when identifying organizations that deal with religious freedoms, there's an organization entirely devoted to the separation of church and state.
Here's a peek at some of the issues they work on. We'll hear from members of the organization on January 31.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Library of Congress website has some great online exhibits on a wide variety of subjects.
Here's a link to the exhibit on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic. It provides a glimpse at the original documents written by Franklin, Madison and Washington, among others.
Click here for a look at it! http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel06.html
Monday, January 17, 2011
Check this out and leave a comment.
Critics blast potential taxpayer funding Noah's Ark theme park
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Bruce Ledewitz, Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law, led a panel debating a proposal concerning the future of the separation of church and state in America. The proposal was entitled, A New Progressive Vision for Church and State: How I Learned to Accept "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and Stop Losing Elections. The substance of the proposal was set forth as follows:
"The old liberal vision of a total separation of religion from politics has been discredited. Despite growing secularization, a secular progressive majority is still impossible, and a new two-part approach is needed--one that first admits that there is no political wall of separation. Voters must be allowed, without criticism, to propose policies based on religious belief. But, when government speaks and acts, messages must be universal. The burden is on religious believers, therefore, to explain public references like 'under God' in universal terms. For example, the word 'God' can refer to the ceaseless creativity of the universe and the objective validity of human rights. Promoting and accepting religious images as universal will help heal culture-war divisions and promote the formation of a broad-based progressive coalition."
There's a link to an article and a one hour and 22 minute video clip at
Netroots Nation Discusses the Concept of Separation of Church and State
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Poor Thomas Jefferson. Texas has decided he isn't worthy to be on a list of Enlightenment thinkers in their new syllabus. And they have some things to say about the separation of church and state, too.
Check out the report here:
Texas Schools To Get Controversial Syllabus
Here are a few commentaries about the story:
Here's a forum discussion of the situation:
Thomas Jefferson to be Removed from School Textbooks in Texas
What do you think? Comment!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is one of the organizations that comes to mind immediately when one is talking about First Amendment issues.
Here's a link to their Washington state chapter webpage on Religious Issues:
Take a minute to browse it and share your thoughts in the comments here. Do you think the work of the organization serves a useful purpose? Why/why not?
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I've discovered a number of different organizations who are active in separation of church and state issues.
One such organization is FFRF, Freedom From Religion Foundation. I learned about them from this post at The Colorado Independent:
That led me to google "imagine no religion billboard." The search yielded over 69,500 hits. The group has purchased numerous billboard ads over the years throughout the country.
What is your reaction to the billboard?
Friday, January 7, 2011
Read the article here:
and then comment below if you'd like. Personally, I am sort of speechless.
Here's one blogger's comments on the situation: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/18208/transphobia-as-an-apparent-government-function
Monday, January 3, 2011
What does separation of church and state mean to you?
Why did you take this course?
Let’s hear from some others, and discuss what they have to say:
Palin and Biden
Colorado US Sen. Candidate Ken Buck
Delaware's US Sen. Candidate Christine O’Donnell (showed up to 1:12 of 2:37 clip)
Rush Limbaugh defends O’Donnell 1:44
Bill Maher on O’Donnell and church/state (showed up to 2:20)
Chuck Norris on getting Bible taught in public schools
Separation of Church and Politics:
West Wing – Alan Alda and Martin Sheen – campaigning & churchgoing
Huckabee on Amending Constitution to God's Standards
– art imitates life –
Using Religious Grounds and/or Bible references to justify Positions on Issues/Policies:
West Wing Martin Sheen
O'Reilly on Washington state Christmas displays
Colbert Displaying Ten Commandments 5:37
Viewer Comment: Haha, anyone notice the point at the very end? Colbert goes, "Thank you for taking time away from keeping the Sabbath holy to talk to me." Priceless!