Credulous Americans? More Americans Believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution than in Creationism
January 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 Leaders
January 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 Suit
January 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 BSA
January 14, 2009


President-elect Obama should refrain from becoming honorary president of the discriminatory Boy Scouts of America.

Defendants File Answers in Newdow Inauguration Lawsuit
January 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 Books
January 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, …

State Attorneys General Oppose Challenge to Inauguration Ceremony
January 9, 2009


An update on the   recently-filed lawsuit challenging the use of prayer and the addition of the words "so help me God" at this month’s Presidential Inauguration:  yesterday all 50 state Attorneys General,   led by Texas AG Greg Abbott and joined by the AG for the Virgin Islands, filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief defending …

Africa Needs More Human-Centered Thought and Activism
January 7, 2009


Norm R. Allen Jr. responds to the idea that missionary work and Christianity are essentially benign.

Humanism and the Faith that Unites
January 2, 2009


Can humanism promote an active faith in ethical ideals, without falling into the religious divide of dogmatic faith?