Secular Blog

June 28, 2012 - 9:28 am

This week, in “News That Sounds Like an Onion Article,” The Scotsman reports that a publicly funded Christian school in Louisiana uses a biology textbook that states that the Loch Ness monster is a real-life evolution-debunking plesiosau

June 25, 2012 - 8:56 am

Now more than ever, the United States needs to change its laws surrounding religious subsidies. Last year, the state of Florida cut over $1.3 billion from the budget meant for public schools as well as $1.1 billion for police and firefighter pensions.

June 14, 2012 - 11:30 am

In March 2009, 17-year-old Zachery Swezey complained to his parents that he didn’t feel well. His parents believed he had the flu. Zachery suffered fevers and vomiting for days as his condition worsened. Finally, when he could no longer walk to the bathroom, Greg and JaLea Swezey called church elders to come over and anoint their son with olive oil.

June 13, 2012 - 4:53 pm
It was a welcome victory for secularism on Tuesday, as voters in North Dakota soundly rejected a proposal that would hand broad privileges to the deeply religious.
June 6, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant knows that prayer in public school is illegal—but he wants it anyway.

May 31, 2012 - 3:38 pm

“South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum,” observed Congressman James L. Petigru, shortly after South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860 and declared itself a republic. I’ve lived in South Carolina since 1976, and stories about our politicians no longer surprise me.

May 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm

In disputes over church-state separation, "ceremonial deism" has become a legal doctrine heavily relied upon by those who wish to defend governmental religiosity.

May 24, 2012 - 10:21 am

Federal support for prayer at school board meetings has been introduced through resolutions in both the House and the Senate.(1 & 2) The resolutions make no attempt to hide that there is no secular purpose for school board mee

May 9, 2012 - 3:56 pm

On April 27, the Obama administration published its new guidelines for organizations receiving federal funds to provide services through faith-based initiatives. In an effort to increase transparency, according to the administration, the 50-page report details how organizations must separate their religious mission from their community service mission-- certainly a worthy goal.

May 8, 2012 - 11:56 am

We live in scary times. The rise of the Religious Right has created a co-mingling of religion and government that has been steadily increasing since the 1970s.