Category Archives: Church and State

Destruction of the Ten Commandments

On Friday October 24, 2014, Michael Tate Reed II drove to the state capitol building in Oklahoma City and ran into the Ten Commandments monument, destroying the six-foot tall monolith. Though erected in possible violation of the First Amendment’s “Establishment Clause,” its … Continue reading

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Drawing the line on religious practices in schools

Reprinted with the permission of the Columbia Missourian. Originally posted on wednesday, October 22, 2014. Oct. 16 was “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” as declared by the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly Alliance Defense Fund. If you noticed, there was no uproar from … Continue reading

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SCOTUS, Missouri and Gay Marriage

It ended up as a backwater story overshadowed by the lack of guidance from the Supreme Court. On October 2, a Missouri court ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages in Missouri that were performed in other states where … Continue reading

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Justice Antonin Scalia is Wrong – We do Have Freedom From Religion.

I know where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is coming from. I know his conservative leanings and his religious fervor. I know that his mind is set on certain issues. But to hear him talk about the separation of church … Continue reading

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Operation Save America

The anti-abortion groups are ratcheting up their protests; this time in New Orleans, LA against a Unitarian Universalist church, then staged protests in front of the homes of three providers of women’s services in the state. The story is coming … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby decision right?

There has been a lot written by the liberals and conservatives concerning the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (13–356, 724 F. 3d 377) SCOTUS decision. One side screaming the decision was against women’s reproductive rights and the other a decision for religious freedom. … Continue reading

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Religious Wars

On LinkedIn’s Sociology Religious group, Aman Shah of Pakistan asked a simple question: Does local / religious leader play an important role in settling feuds? Well, not as simple as to garner a simple answer as “No.” In fact, it … Continue reading

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McCutcheon, Money and the Bible

“Spending large sums of money in connection with elections, but not in connection with an effort to control the exercise of an officeholder’s official duties, does not give rise to quid pro quo corruption. Nor does the possibility that an … Continue reading

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COPE v. Kansas Board of Education

Columbia, MO – My column in the Columbia Missourian and reprinted in my blog titled Let’s not allow science to be sandbagged by religion generated some interesting feedback, as you can imagine. One that came through a couple of times … Continue reading

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Let’s not allow science to be sandbagged by religion

Reprinted with permission from the Columbia Missourian Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST Columbia, MO – Let’s talk about science. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon talked about science in the State of the State address last week, wanting to … Continue reading

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