Church & State

A monthly magazine that contains church-state news and analysis. Promotes the concept of separation of church and state.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 1, January

2013 State of the States: With Many Legislatures Tilting Right and 'Prayer' Caucuses on the Prowl, Church-State Separation May Be in Trouble in the Coming Year
Multiple courts have said "no" to states that want public schools to teach "intelligent design" creationism in science classes, but that doesn't faze Montana State Rep. Clayton Fiscus (R-Billings). Fiscus, a Tea Party favorite whose professional...
AU, Allies Urge Obama to Tighten 'Faith-Based' Rules to Protect Clients
Americans United and allied groups are urging the Obama administration to ensure that Americans' religious liberty rights are protected in programs funded through the "faith-based" initiative. In November of 2010, President Barack Obama issued Executive...
Author Jeff Sharlet, Student Activist Jessica Ahlquist, Receive AU Awards
A journalist who exposed the inner workings of a shadowy Religious Right group and a Rhode Island student who challenged illegal religious activity at her public school were recognized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State Nov. 19....
Christmas Display Dissenters Are 'Terrorists,' Says Va. Town Official
A member of the Loudoun County, Va., Board of Supervisors doesn't think much of people who oppose the display of Christian holiday symbols on government property. In fact, says Ken Reid, they are "terrorists." "It's strictly this group of terrorists,"...
Courtroom Controversy: Judges Should Dispense Justice, Not Religion
Courts in America exist to dispense justice for all. Whether you are rich or poor, black or white, male or female, young or old, the courts are supposed to treat you equally. That's the ideal. The reality can sometimes be a little different. In...
Evangelist Franklin Graham Calls for Creation of New 'Moral Majority'
Evangelist Franklin Graham is so distraught by November's election results that he is calling for the creation of a new Moral Majority. Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, was interviewed by David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting...
Failed Experiment: It's Time to Shut Down D.C.'S Voucher Program
In 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives pushed through a school voucher program for Washington, D.C., with the vote occurring at night when many members were absent. The Senate concurred, and President George W. Bush signed it into law. The plan,...
Falwell Uses Football to Raise Liberty U.'s National Profile
Jerry Falwell Jr. has ambitious plans to affect life, law and culture in America, and it's all being germinated at Liberty University, the fundamentalist bastion his father founded. A recent New York Times article examined efforts by Falwell to...
First Amendment, Second Term: Will President Barack Obama Stand Up for Church-State Separation? Here Are Five Critical Issues to Watch
The day after the Nov. 6 election, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, congratulating him on his victory. "In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to...
Florida Senator Says He's Not Sure How Old the Earth Is
An up-and-coming member of the Republican Party in the U.S. Senate says he's not sure how old the Earth is. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was asked about the age of the Earth during a recent interview with GQ magazine. He declined to give a specific answer....
Hindu Joins U.S. House, as Congress Becomes More Religiously Diverse
Religious diversity in Congress bumped upward this month when the first Hindu joined the U.S. House of Representatives. Tulsi Gabbard was elected in November to represent the state of Hawaii. A veteran of the Iraq War, the 31-year-old Democract...
Prosecutor's Preaching Violated Defendant's Rights, AU Tells Appeals Court
A Florida man on death row did not receive a fair sentencing trial because a prosecuting attorney presented explicitly religious evidence to the jury and repeatedly cited the Book of Romans, Americans United recently told an appeals court. In a...
Pro-Separation Baptists Expand Operations with Revamped D.C. Center
The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a 76-year-old group that defends church-state separation, marked a recent renovation of its office space with a reception featuring a visit from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Breyer, who...
Religious Right Hails Despotic Ugandan Leader for Dedicating Nation to Cod
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), seems awfully fond of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a man considered a dangerous despot by many observers. In November, Perkins sent a tweet praising Museveni and criticizing those...
Religious Right Rancor: From the Senate to Newtown, a Misguided Movement Marches On
Religious Right leaders didn't like many of the 2012 election results, particularly losing six major ballot initiatives on reproductive choice, marriage equality and their strange version of what constitutes "religious freedom." Statistically, though,...
So Help Me, Gods? Presidents and Other Public Officials Can Take Their Oaths on a Bible, the Bhagavad Gita-Or Even a Lawbook
On March 4, 1825, John Quincy Adams was sworn in as the sixth president of the United States. When Chief Justice John Marshall administered the oath, Adams placed his hand not on a Bible, but on a law book. How did Adams get away with that? Doesn't...