Category Archives: Church and State

The Attack Against The Johnson Amendment

June 12, 2018 – Congress is wanting to get rid of the Johnson Amendment so that: “None of the funds made available by this (Appropriations) Act may be used by the Internal Revenue Service to make a determination that a … Continue reading

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Redefining “Public Education”

May 5, 2018 – Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to redefine “public education” to include parochial and charter schools. This would siphon more money from the public school system into religious education, which could be considered a violation of … Continue reading

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Dismissing The House Chaplain

May 1, 2018 – House Speaker Paul Ryan fired House Chaplain, Father Pat Conroy. It appears that it was because of the chaplain’s politics that the deed was done. It was because Conroy asked the members of the House to … Continue reading

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Prayer and Mass Shootings

March 8, 2018 – I am not too sure about legislators who believe that faith and God would somehow prevent school mass shootings. I am less confident when these same state legislators want to put God back into the classroom. … Continue reading

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In God We Trust

February 24, 2018 – In its zeal to prevent future school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla., the Florida state House voted to post our national motto, “In God We Trust,” in every school in the state. Allow me … Continue reading

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The Proposed $1 Billion Federal Voucher System

February 15, 2018 – If it is true, and I have no doubt that it is, President Trump’s 2019 budget is moving the United States closer to the theocracy prayed for by the conservative-Christian right. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) … Continue reading

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Tearing Down the Wall of Separation

February 10, 2018 – Those sneaky Republicans. In the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the conservatives of the GOP snuck in a provision that would allow FEMA funds to go directly to houses of worship or non-profits associated with a … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom v. The U.S. Attorneys’ General

February 9, 2018 – I think it is wonderful how the current administration ignores the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause to give rise to their Christian theocracy. Last year the administration instructed the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to … Continue reading

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Jim Bakker and Survivalist Christians

February 3, 2018 – I have heard some wild conspiracy theories in the past 30 years of my political life, but when I heard this one I cringed. The article from Pathos – Progressive Secular Humanist focused on former Minnesota congresswoman Michelle … Continue reading

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The Satanic Temple and Abortion Rights

January 25, 2018 – A few months back, I wrote an article for the Columbia Missourian concerning the abortion laws in the state of Missouri. More specifically, I wrote how a member of the Satanic Temple in Missouri, “Mary Doe,” … Continue reading

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