Rob Boston

Here Are 5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make Them Unelectable Today

To hear the Religious Right tell it, men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were 18th-century versions of Jerry Falwell in powdered wigs and stockings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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10 Wonderful Things About America That Drive Right-Wingers Nuts

Religious right groups and their political allies talk a good line about respecting American values, but much would change if they had their way. They seek not to restore our country to some Golden Age (that never existed anyway) but to recreate it – in their own fundamentalist image.

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6 Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories About the 'War on Christmas' From the Religious Right

It’s an article of faith among the Religious Right that there’s a war on Christmas underway in the United States. Shoppers would be hard-pressed to see evidence of this seasonal conflict, as anyone who stared mystified at stores decked out with Christmas garlands even before Halloween can testify. Christmas would seem as ubiquitous as ever. Nevertheless, every year groups like the American Family Association, the Liberty Counsel and others, aided and abetted by the zealous elves at the Fox News Channel, spread horrific tales of state-sponsored yuletide banishment.

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5 Important Figures Who Fought For the Separation of Church and State

At crucial points when the church-state wall was most threatened in America, people rose up to defend it. Some of these names may not be familiar today, or they may be known for other achievements. All contributed to shoring up the wall of separation.

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5 Crucial Moments That Defined America's Separation of Church and State

It seems these days that a lot of public figures are wary of endorsing the separation of church and state. They shouldn’t be: The principle is as American as apple pie and has long roots in our nation.

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5 Reasons America Is Not - And Never Has Been - A Christian Nation

"The United States is a Christian nation." If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this statement at a religious Right meeting or in the media, I wouldn’t be rich—but I’d probably have enough to buy a really cool iPad. The assertion is widely believed by followers of the religious Right and often repeated—and, too often, it seeps into the beliefs of the rest of the population as well. But like other myths that are widely accepted (you use only 10 percent of your brain, vitamin C helps you get over a cold, and the like), it lacks a factual basis.

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Textbooks That Preach Bogus 'Christian Nation' Doctrines Filter Into Arizona Charter School

Cleon Skousen had some unusual views about the origins of the Ameri­can republic.

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Texas Textbook Reviewer Denies Separation of Church and State is Part of Constitution

The news out of Texas is depressingly familiar.

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'You're Fired!': Why It's Time to Stop Religious Schools From Having Their Cake and Eating It, Too

Let’s say you work as a teacher in a Catholic school in Cincinnati and your old friend, who is gay, invites you to New York to attend his same-sex wedding. You attend and snap some photos of this happy event, which you post on Facebook.

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Atheist Student Clubs Face Steep Climb to Acceptance

If you have any contact with a public high school, you probably know that students can form an array of clubs that meet during non-instructional time.

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