Separation Of Church And State
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
In Louisiana, serious controversy has arisen over a proposed bill to declare an official state book. That book? It's the King James Bible. Last Thursday, by an 8 to 5 margin, the bill passed committee with bipartisan support.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
City lawyers have been arguing for years that letting religious groups rent space in public schools for Sunday worship violates the separation of church and state and could confuse students about the schools’ secular identity. At the same time, the city has increasingly been turning to the religious establishments to rent classroom space – to relieve school overcrowding – a policy that WNYC reports is troubling people on both sides of the church-state divide.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
On Wednesday the city said that more black and Latino students were accepted into the city's elite public high school in the admissions process. On Thursday, more eighth graders will learn which schools admitted them -- from letters distributed at their schools or sent home.
Monday, February 27, 2012
On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week," Rick Santorum pushed his socially conservative message to new heights by denouncing the separation of church and state. Specifically, he stated that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech supporting the split "made [him] want to throw up," and began the turn away from American values. However, some historians assert that the age-old debate over the role of religion in politics is actually quite recent, and only entered public discourse with the rise of the religious right in the late 80s and early 90s.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday was the last day that several dozen churches were allowed to hold worship services there, after federal courts allowed the city to eject them. At a press conference on Monday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg defended the ban.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Church groups and some lawmakers are putting pressure on Albany to pass legislation that would allow them to continue to worship in public schools, an end run around a court-upheld Department of Education policy barring the groups. And in other news, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's preliminary budget did not threaten teachers with layoffs, a notable fact only because for the last two years, he has proposed to cut thousands of teaching jobs.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
By Udi Ofer
After a long legal fight, some 160 religious congregations in New York City have until Feb. 12 to stop using schools as houses of worship, even though some religious leaders are still trying to win over local legislators to change the rules. The writer, a civil liberties lawyer, says the Department of Education is right to erect a wall between religious worship and schools.