church and state

I have nothing to add: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXm_fUDfJZQ] Transcript of his speech: “We've come here to Governors Island to stand where the earliest settlers first set foot in New Amsterdam, and where the seeds of religious tolerance were first planted. We come here to see the inspiring symbol of liberty that more than 250 years...

By J. DeVoy Vaughn Walker, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, has ruled in a monster 136-page opinion that Proposition 8 violates the 14th Amendment rights of same-sex couples.  The full order can be found here. The decision is significant, especially on the heels...

From the cover of the June 2010 "Vermont Catholic" magazine. Okay, feel free to suggest your captions for the above photo below....

Belgium has banned the burkha. (source) One might think that this is an intrusion on civil liberties -- and I suppose that one could credibly argue that it is. You ought to be able to wear a burkha if you want to. On the other hand, I...

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the National Day of Prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause. (source). The case was a no-brainer. I haven't seen the decision yet, but if it followed any precedent at all, I...

You must be on crack. Hartford, Connecticut (CNN) -- A bill in Connecticut's legislature that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has sparked a fervent response from the state's Roman Catholic bishops, who released a letter to parishioners Saturday imploring them to oppose the measure. ...

In Eastwood (near Syracuse, NY), a church congregation is up in arms because a video store is opening next door and they intend to have adult videos available. (source) Roosevelt Baums, pastor of the church puts it more simply: It’s just not right. “Well, according to the membership, we wouldn’t like...

This sounds like a great idea: Arresting the Pope. Too bad it won't happen. But, if it did, imagine the poetic justice of him getting raped in the joint...

Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10...