- Virginia Attorney General’s Advisory On Religious Displays May Lead To Lawsuits, Says Americans United
- Congress Should Reject Conservative Religious Groups’ Call For Taxpayer-Funded Job Bias, Says Americans United
- SFB: 8/26/2010 Atheist Cartoon
- Historian releases “Sex Rites: The Origins of Christianity”
Posted: 26 Aug 2010 10:30 AM PDT
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s advisory on Christmas Nativity scenes and other religious displays on public property is deeply misguided, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Cuccinelli, in an official opinion issued Aug. 20, said local governments and government employees may erect religious displays under certain circumstances. The opinion downplayed church-state separation and emphasized government accommodation of religion.
Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “This opinion reads more like an op-ed than a legal advisory. Cuccinelli is encouraging local governments to wade into a deeply controversial arena of the law without adequate guidance.
“This is almost certain to lead to bitter community divisiveness,”
“Cuccinelli is turning Christmas, a holiday sacred to many, into another front in the culture war,” said
“If Cuccinelli wants to see a Nativity scene, why doesn’t he put one in his front yard at home?”
The attorney general, a close ally of the Religious Right, suggested that the First Amendment is only intended to prevent government endorsement of a national religion or preference among sects. He quoted court decisions that diminish Thomas Jefferson’s view that the American people through the First Amendment have built a “wall of separation between church and state.”
Said Lynn, “When it comes to First Amendment analysis, I’ll take Thomas Jefferson’s view over Ken Cuccinnelli’s any day.The framers wanted to keep government out of religion entirely; Cuccinnelli clearly has the opposite opinion.”
Posted: 26 Aug 2010 10:27 AM PDT
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged Congress to reject an appeal for public funding of “faith-based” charities that discriminate in hiring on religious grounds.
In a letter to every member of Congress today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, World Vision and other conservative religious organizations demanded that faith-based charities get government subsidies even if they hire only job applicants who meet certain religious criteria.
Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, “I am appalled that these religious leaders are trying to undermine the civil rights protections that every American counts on. If government pays for a social work position, every qualified applicant should be considered for the job regardless of their views on religion.
“At a time when the economy is hard-hit and a lot of people are out of work, it is disgraceful that some religious leaders want to deny government-funded job opportunities on the basis of religion,” he continued. “Members of Congress must say no to this exercise in discrimination.”
Leading civil rights and civil liberties groups have also opposed this kind of hiring discrimination.
Posted: 26 Aug 2010 10:24 AM PDT
Posted: 25 Aug 2010 06:59 PM PDT
Historian Diana Agorio has released Sex Rites: The Origins of Christianity.
Sex Rites describes the evolution of religious rituals involving sex, drugs, and human sacrifice as the foundation of Christian myth and ritual. Diana’s description of the religious rituals and myths which led up to Christianity is far more damning than the typical atheist critique of religion. In particular, it describes the outrageous suffering of children at the hands of ancient religious leaders. She describes rituals in which children were mutilated, raped, drugged, and killed, as acts of faith. She also highlights positive aspects of ancient cultures, which were the origins of humanism and secular government.
Diana Agorio began her studies of West Asia as a conservative Christian kid in
Diana graduated magna cum laude with a BS in History. Her primary fascination is with the cultures of the Bronze Age and Iron Age Levant. But, she is a generalist with historical interests ranging from
A virtual book party launch is ongoing on Diana’s Facebook page. Stop by and pay a visit! Additional information about the book is also available at: http://ancientmeme.blogspot.com/.
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