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Alabamians Will Soon Vote on Putting the Ten Commandments on Public Property

The god of the Bible is on the Nov. 6 ballot in Alabama. A proposed constitutional amendment would allow the government to display his so-called divine law — the Ten Commandments — on every piece of public property in the state. Amendment 1 unnecessarily rewrites the religious liberty provisions of the Alabama Constitution in alarming …

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Secular Coalition Slams Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh Vote as “Shameful and Indefensible”

Washington, DC — The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted (11-10) to recommend Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. A final vote confirming Judge Kavanaugh is expected early next week. “The Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote is shameful and indefensible,” said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director …

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Almost Half of Alabama Child Care Facilities Have Religious Exemptions From Health/Safety Standards

A new report by the Alabama Department of Human Resources found that 956 of Alabama’s 1,938 child care facilities are operating with a religious exemption from license requirements. That same report found 15,156 total health and safety violations in child care facilities receiving federal funding, some of which were operating without a license. Religious exemptions from …

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Secular Coalition Applauds Member of Congress For Coming Out As Humanist

Washington, DC — Today the Secular Coalition for America released a statement applauding Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) for publicly announcing that he is a nonreligious humanist. Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America “I want to thank Rep. Huffman for his honesty, his integrity, and his courage. Every lawmaker …

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Appeals Court Says Giant Christian Cross in Bladensburg, MD is Illegal

In a major decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 that a giant Christian cross in Prince County, Maryland is unconstitutional. During oral arguments, attorneys defending the 40 foot tall “Peace Cross” attempted to argue that the symbol was not religious and was a secular symbol intended to commemorate all those who gave …

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Landmark Study Confirms One-Quarter of Americans Are Nonreligious

A groundbreaking study of over 100,000 Americans from all 50 states finds that nearly one-quarter (24%) of all Americans have no religious affiliation. This new report published by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is the second study that has recorded such a high percentage of Americans with no religious affiliation. While the overall picture …

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Catholic Rules Forced This Doctor to Watch Her Patient Sicken—Now, She’s Speaking Out

Catholic hospitals force doctors to impose religious edicts onto patients, violating their rights and needlessly jeopardizing their health. “A combination of factors are now giving Catholic hospitals unprecedented power over U.S. health care. Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and President Donald Trump are poised to hand Catholic hospitals almost unfettered leeway to impose …

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Who was — and wasn’t — invited to Betsy DeVos’s education roundtable

On Wednesday (8/30) Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos convened two roundtable discussions on “school choice” in Tallahassee, Florida. It is unsurprising that DeVos, a longtime champion of school voucher initiatives, would host a discussion on school choice. What is surprising is the guest list, which included religious leaders and business owners but neglected to include …

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STUDY: Blasphemy laws on the books in one-third of nations

A new study by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom finds that laws criminalizing blasphemy are “astonishingly widespread.” A few disturbing highlights from the report: • Seventy-one countries, spread out across many regions, maintain blasphemy laws. • Every one of these blasphemy statutes deviates from at least one internationally recognized human rights principle. Most …

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