Change Comes to WhiteHouse.gov; Faith-Based Initiatives Out, Gay Rights InJanuary 21, 2009
Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on a promise to "bring change to America." Yesterday change came swiftly to the White House’s official webpage— reportedly within minutes of Obama’s taking the oath of office. The newly-revamped WhiteHouse.gov illustrates a decline in the influence of conservative religion on presidential …
At Inaugural, Obama includes nonbelievers, pledges to restore scienceJanuary 20, 2009
President Obama pushes secular humanist values, includes nonbelievers and promotes science at the Inaugural
Should Secular Humanists be Environmentalists?January 20, 2009
Are there ethical principles of secularism to help decide whether to be environmentalists?
Credulous Americans? More Americans Believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution than in CreationismJanuary 18, 2009
According to a new Harris Poll, more Americans believe in evolution than creationism, but the poll isn’t all good news.
Court Rules that White House Must Reveal Visits by Religious Right LeadersJanuary 17, 2009
Last week the Bush administration lost a courtroom battle to maintain a shroud of secrecy over nine prominent Religious Right leaders’ alleged visits to the White House and to Dick Cheney’s home. The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had sued for access to visitor logs after Cheney ordered …
Bush Declares “National Sanctity of Human Life Day”January 16, 2009
George W. Bush, who entered office pledging to be a "uniter, not a divider," is leaving office by issuing an official Proclamation on the most divisive issue in American politics: abortion. Yesterday he declared January 18 to be "National Sanctity of Human Life Day 2009." The Proclamation reads, in part: "All human …
Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in Newdow SuitJanuary 16, 2009
Yesterday the Washington Post reported that federal district judge Reggie B. Walton has denied the temporary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in Newdow v. Roberts . This decision allows Barack Obama’s oath of office to include the added words "so help me God." It also allows clergy to deliver a …
Why Obama should resist the BSAJanuary 14, 2009
President-elect Obama should refrain from becoming honorary president of the discriminatory Boy Scouts of America.
Defendants File Answers in Newdow Inauguration LawsuitJanuary 11, 2009
Another update on Newdow v. Roberts , Michael Newdow’s lawsuit challenging the use of prayer and the addition of the words "so help me God" at the Presidential Inauguration ( see my prior post ): both the Presidential Inauguration Committee and the federal officials named the lawsuit have filed answers to Newdow’s complaint. …
Mississippi Bill Targets Biology BooksJanuary 10, 2009
Last week the Mississippi state legislature took up an anti-evolution bill that would require the State Board of Education to place disclaimer stickers in every textbook that discusses evolution. House Bill No. 25 , introduced by state representative Gary Chism, sets forth a lengthy required disclaimer that states, in part: "This textbook discusses evolution, …