A Charter for Controversy? Public school “alternatives” still must abide by the separation of church and state

Starting in the late 1980s charter schools were pitched to Americans as a harmless and non-threatening alternative to traditional public schools. That’s come to pass in some states. But in others, we’re beginning to see... Read More

Rights Or Restrictions? The new debate over the meaning of religious freedom

In March the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two important cases that could establish new parameters for what religious liberty means. The two cases, which the high court has consolidated into one, concern... Read More

Holiday Hassles Standing Up to the Religious Right’s “Christmas Police”

For some reason the Jehovah’s Witnesses like to work my neighborhood. It’s not uncommon for me to come home at night and see a copy of the Watchtower or Awake! crammed under the doormat. A... Read More

Hysteria Alert Churches Fear They’ll Be Forced to Marry Same-Sex Couples

In June the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed, on technical grounds, a case challenging same-sex marriage in California. The rulings were considered victories for... Read More

High-Stakes Test The Supreme Court and the Future of Church-State Separation

The name Alton Lemon may not ring any bells for you, but it should. Lemon, who died on May 4 at age eighty-four, was the lead plaintiff in an important 1971 Supreme Court case dealing... Read More

Awesome Anniversary Fifty Years Ago, Official School Prayer Sent Packing

On June 17, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of its most important rulings dealing with the role of religion in public education, a decision whose effects are still felt today. In Abington... Read More