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Group says proposed prison likely unconstitutional

A church-state watchdog group says a faith-based prison being proposed in Oklahoma would likely be unconstitutional.

Texas textbook battles have national impact

Battles in the Texas State Board of Education over social studies textbooks really amount to a conflict over what kind of nation the United States was founded to be—and what it may become in the future, a nationally recognized authority on religious liberty issues told an interfaith gathering in Dallas.

Commission hopes religious freedom report will serve as ‘call to action’

An independent government panel that monitors global religious-freedom conditions thanked the State Department for its latest comprehensive report on the subject Oct. 26, but said the administration could move more boldly to protect freedom of conscience in some places.

Advisers urge caution on religious/federal partnerships

White House advisers recommended federal officials do more to ensure that government partnerships with faith-based groups are constitutional, transparent and support religious liberty.

One American in five may be secular by 2030, study shows

The number of American adults who do not identify with a particular religion is growing and may comprise more than 20 percent of the population in two decades, according to a new study.

Evangelical group endorses immigration reform

The National Association of Evangelicals has endorsed comprehensive immigration reform, saying new policies should reflect “biblical grace to the stranger.”

Supreme Court gets technical in arguments on Mojave cross

Although the case of a lonely cross on federal land in California’s Mojave Desert ultimately could have wide-ranging implications for the separation of church and state, justices on the Supreme Court spent much of the Oct. 7 oral arguments asking attorneys about highly technical and procedural issues.

White House concerned about spreading flu in churches

The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu.

Critics question Obama’s commitment to international religious freedom

dalai lamaPresident Obama will not meet with the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan monk's visit to the United States this week, breaking a precedent that dates to President George H.W. Bush in 1991. The perceived snub has angered human rights advocates.

Court turns away attempt to force ‘Choose Life’ plates on Illinois

On the opening day of their 2009-2010 term Oct. 5, the justices of the Supreme Court turned away an anti-abortion group’s attempt to force Illinois to offer special license plates that support the pro-life cause.

Values voters see little value in health care reform

Health care reform may be Priority No. 1 in Congress and at the White House, but for the 1,825 religious conservatives who gathered for the annual Values Voter Summit, the subject was barely on their radar screen.

Church-state groups press Holder to withdraw Bush-era hiring memo

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Supporters of the separation of church and state are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to fulfill a campaign promise by President Obama to combat religious discrimination in hiring.

Love your enemies, civility advocates say

Mark DeMoss, veteran conservative Christian public relations executive, has joined forces with Democratic consultant Lanny Davis to launch The Civility Project, an online forum that aims to help people who disagree be less disagreeable.

Judge sets court date in 'birther' case filed by Wiley Drake

The so-called "birthers" claimed a small victory Sept. 8 when a federal judge set a tentative trial date of Jan. 26, 2010, for a lawsuit claiming that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible for his office.

McKissic questions school district's banning Obama speech

A prominent black Southern Baptist pastor says a Texas school district should explain why it did not allow President Obama's Sept. 8 speech on education to be shown live in classrooms, but is planning later in the month to send selected fifth graders to a similar message by former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.
 
 
 
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