Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, thats only part of the story

Uganda: An Overview – What’s This Place Obama Is Invading, Anyhow?

“President Obama’s announcement earlier today of his intention to send ground troops into Uganda to fight militant Christians came as a surprise to virtually everyone. A nation which the US has historically shown little interest in, Uganda is likewise relatively anonymous on the international scene.” ,…, “President Obama maintains that the invasion is about targeting Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and self-described spokesperson of the Holy Spirit. The LRA’s unique brand of Christian militancy has given it a 25 year history of terror, killing civilians, using child soldiers, and lopping off the limbs of rivals. Though a significant nuisance in Central Africa, the LRA has no real history of fighting the US, and the claims that fighting them is a “national security interest” is perplexing, to say the least.” MORE


Politics and the international Occupy movement
“The spread of the Occupy Wall Street protests internationally has undeniable political significance. On October 15, occupations will begin in cities in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, South America and Africa. The movement that is developing is, in its essence, anti-capitalist. The protests are animated by aspirations for social equality. Their banner slogan, “We are the 99 percent”, is imbued with working class hostility to the monopolisation of society’s wealth by a tiny financial and corporate elite—the “one percent.””

American liberalism attempts to corral Occupy Wall Street movement for Democrats
“The experiences of the last several decades have not been lost on many, many people: they understand that in contemporary America the super-rich control everything, and that the existing political system—the Democratic Party as well as the Republican—is entirely indifferent or hostile to the needs of the working population, the unemployed, the poor.” ,…, “All in all, liberal and ex-left circles in the US are hostile to the emergence of a movement directed against social inequality and will do everything in their power to bring that movement into line with the existing political set-up. Exposing this reality is essential to the clarification of the most advanced forces within the youth and the working class. We promise to be unrelenting on this score.”

Rick Perry’s wife visits Bob Jones University
Rick Perry’s wife Anita visited South Carolina’s Bob Jones University on Friday, a sign that faith-based organizing is playing a key role in the Texas governor’s presidential bid. It was the first political event at the fundamentalist Christian school related to the 2012 presidential race, school officials said.

‘Red State’
It’s one sermon versus another  Kevin Smith’s darkly humorous horror film is spoiled by tacking on a hamfisted message about American politics. Review by Tom Slater  “The presidency of George W Bush will go down in history for a lot of very bad reasons. The war on terror, the electoral scandal over ‘hanging chads’ in Florida and the failure of response to Hurricane Katrina are givens, but an even more heinous part of his legacy is the way in which his ineptitude and underhandedness politicised Hollywood.   TRAILER:

“On September 1st, Lionsgate will debut Red State on VOD. The untraditional, direct-to-fan, touring theatrical release pioneered by SModcast Pictures during the Red State USA Tour continues this fall. Visit and”

Obey church or state?
Washington Post (blog)
The very foundations of our religious liberty in the United States are laid on the sacrifices of those nonconformist Anabaptists, Quakers, and pietists who insisted on freedom of conscience and a separation of church and state. …

Freethinkers present new image
Houston Chronicle
“We are partnering with mainstream religious groups who are comfortable with the separation of church and state.” Atheists and freethinkers – a group that includes deists, secular humanists and agnostics – find common ground with some churches and …

Group asks feds to revisit Wis. church graduations
Chicago Tribune
AP A group advocating for the separation of church and state has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling allowing public high schools in Wisconsin to hold graduation ceremonies in a church. Americans for Separation of Church and State filed …

Credo: The Rev. Dr. David Coffin
Washington Examiner
In a way it’s a corollary to the idea of religious liberty, the idea of the separation of church and state. It’s the doctrine that the church shouldn’t intrude into the government, that the church has a limited calling, given to it by Christ that it …

2012 politics on docket for high court
… claim protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school says that since it’s part of a religious institution, the separation of church and state exempts it from having to abide by federal discrimination laws for personnel decisions. …

Transition house bungled in Galion
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
Of course, dealing with a faith-based operation can raise a lot of questions with a liberal media that would yearn for separation of church and state, but that hardly exists in this town. Even the liberals are pretty conservative. …

Private schools keep eye on voucher debate
York Daily Record
Janice Rael, founder and vice president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said her group opposes vouchers for several reasons. She said it violates the separation of church and state, since more than …

Congregation Fights for Use of Bronx School Space
… available essentially only on Sundays, it means Christians could get the benefit of a rental, but Jews, Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, deeply religious people, could not,” said Barry Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. …

AVN Goes Undercover at the Values Voter Summit 2011
AVN News (press release)
“Gosh, no,” I laughed… then cut out of the hotel as quickly as I could, pausing briefly only to wave goodbye to the summit’s “protesters”: A small group from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who’d set up a small table on the …

Letter: Voters need to look past religion
In short, two basic principles of American democracy — separation of church and state and freedom of religion — are being increasingly undermined. When JFK was being considered for the nomination of president, a similar innuendo was made, ie, …

Rick Perry backs wife following controversial comments
CBS News
The next leader of our country is decided by the super rich and the ‘Bohemian Grove’ candidate of choice. by lilylongflower October 14, 2011 2:04 PM EDT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE…IS A VERY GOOD THING. THIS COUNTRY DOESN’T NEED THEIR BRAND OF …

Program provides much more than tutoring for Brunswick school children …
Plain Dealer (blog)
“All participants are trained to strictly adhere to US Department of Education guidelines to ensure that the program does not violate the separation of church and state,” its website states. It continues: “Mentors are trained to understand that they …

  Rick Perry Agrees With Wife, He Has Been Brutalized for Christian Faith
ABC News (blog)
… all the time. this is why our country is so polarized and whether the fact is true or not, the perry’s need to recognize this truth that people truly believe in a separation of church and state and this is totally what is wrong with our politics.

Delegation hears local wish list
St. Augustine Record
“Separation of church and state,” Whitmer said. “The state is trying to destroy public education by allowing vouchers and charter schools. It’s an abomination to call that religious freedom.” Thrasher said the Legislature is already meeting in …

Church fee waiver proposal still under consideration
The Herald-Mail
Council members Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr., James “Jim” Whitacre and Elaine Mauck voted against the amendment, which had been recommended by county legal counsel Norwood Bentley III to address legal concerns over the separation of church and state. …

Group says IRS should investigate church for endorsing Rick Perry
Associated Baptist Press
By Bob Allen WASHINGTON (ABP) – Americans United for Separation of Church and State asked the Internal Revenue Service Oct.11 to investigate whether a Southern Baptist pastor in the news for calling Mormonism a “cult” broke the law by posting on his …

The Role of Faith Groups in Foreign Aid and Development
Center For American Progress
I would just add that the context on the ground in many countries is different in terms of separation of church and state, so oftentimes the civil society is made of faith-based groups, and if you want to be successful, you have to work with …

For Bachmann’s Law School, God and Justice Were Intertwined
New York Times
Mrs. Bachmann’s studies here exposed her to ideas — God is the source of law; the Constitution is akin to a biblical covenant, binding on future generations; the founders did not intend for a strict separation of church and state — that are …

PA governor’s school voucher program raises church-state concerns
Commenting on the legality of voucher programs similar to Corbett’s ideas, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a group “dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious …

U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Case Summaries: September 23, 2011 [Daily …
Insurance News Net (press release)
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Inc. , 454 US 464 , 472 (1982). Virginia provided no such “concrete factual context” here, because it challenged a statutory provision that applies not to states, but exclusively to individuals. …

Ten Commandments in county schools: Giles School Board wants plaintiffs names …
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
According to Glenberg, anonymity is often granted to plaintiffs in cases involving the separation of church and state. “Courts have frequently granted anonymity when the matters involve a very personal matter, and religion is a very personal and …

I-Team: Origin Of District Attorney’s Investigation Into Tom Brown
KVIA El Paso
The complaint was filed by the Washington, DC-based group Americans United for Separation of Church and State with the Charitable Trusts Section of the Texas Attorney General’s office. In it, the group contends that, “materials promoting this recall …

Mitt Romney is a Mormon. The Consitution says “so what!”
Washington Times
Jefferson was also behind of the principle of separation of church and state. In an 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, he wrote, “…I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature ..

Despite protests, pastor’s assemblies go off as planned at Texas high school
Kansas City Star
McDonald and other advocates of the separation of church and state made that argument Monday when they urged the Northwest school board to cancel the Wednesday assemblies. “We cited a bunch of stuff on (Embry’s) website that makes it perfectly clear …

ED PALM | We shouldn’t be a ‘Christian nation’
Kitsap Sun
While the majority of Americans may consider themselves to be Christians, I explained, America has no official religion and our Constitution mandates a separation of church and state. I could see the student becoming visibly upset as I tried to explain …

Politics and religion, 2012 version
Danbury News Times
Kennedy said in part, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president — should he be Catholic — how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for …

Pastor who endorsed Perry accused of breaking tax rule
CNN (blog)
By Dan Merica, CNN Washington (CNN) – Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service accusing Pastor Robert Jeffress of violating the law when he posted his endorsement of presidential hopeful …

Group seeks tax probe of Jeffress’ church
Louisville Courier-Journal (blog)
Now the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling on the IRS to investigate First Baptist Church of Dallas for posting video footage of its pastor’s endorsement of Republican Gov. Rick Perry for President. …

Americans United takes aim at Texas pastor who endorsed Perry
Iowa Independent
By Lynda Waddington | 10.12.11 | 8:27 am Americans United for the Separation of Church and State believes a controversial Texas pastor who posted videos of himself endorsing Gov. Rick Perry for president on his church’s website has violated federal tax …

Giles County School Board seeks to unmask plaintiffs in Ten Commandments case
Roanoke Times
The student and parent identified themselves only as Doe 1 and Doe 2 when they filed a lawsuit last month asserting that the Ten Commandments display violates the constitutional separation of church and state. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in …

Experts say christian strength team act at Ohio fair is wrong
A second response came from Rob Boston, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. “Americans United has dealt with organizations like the Omega Force Strength Team before in the context of public schools. …

Confessions of a Bad Jack Mormon Woman
Huffington Post (blog)
As to the monarchy question, separation of church and state ignites a lot of heated discussion here, as our legislature is 80 percent Mormon, overwhelmingly Republican-dominated, and we who have other opinions tend to fuss. …

Straddling the line between church and politics in 2012 GOP race
CNN (blog)
What myths someone follows shouldn’t matter when running for political office shouldn’t matter, It’s called separation of church and state. First, I do not exist. The concept of a 13700,00000 year old being, capable of creating the entire Universe and …

What values does Value Voters Summit represent?
American Muslim
I’ve put together a summary of the summaries here: a discussion of the “mythical separation of church and state.” an excoriation of the Occupy Wall Street movement and liberals in general for being “driven by this angry, bitter” greed “for the wealth ..

Campaign obstacles: Sex, race, and religion
Alaska Dispatch
In his first race for the presidency four years ago, Romney likened himself to Kennedy in 1960 regarding separation of church and state. In what probably was his most important political speech at the time, Romney said, “Let me assure you that no …

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011: Voter registration, separation of church and state …
Bangor Daily News
Please carefully observe those presidential candidates who flagrantly ignore the separation of church and state through their steadfast commitment to evangelical religious right and conservative Christian voters. Recently I have noted that some are …

Groups support pastors, priests leaving the pulpit
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and the Freedom From Religion Foundation have announced the formation of a new group to help clergy who have “seen the light” to move beyond faith. The Clergy Project — a private, invitation-only “safe house” community of current and former pastors, priests and rabbis who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions — was started in March 2011 with 52 members. It has now grown to almost 100 “apostates.” Since the unveiling of the public informational website,, on Oct. 7, 2011, the group expects to attract hundreds more. “We know there must be thousands of clergy out there who have secretly abandoned their faith but have nowhere to turn,” says Dan Barker, a former evangelical preacher who “lost faith in faith” after 19 years of preaching the gospel. “Now they do have a place to meet, a true sanctuary, a congregation of those of us who have replaced faith and dogma with reason and human well-being.” “The Clergy Project: Moving Beyond Faith” was started by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Daniel Dennett, researcher Linda LaScola and Barker. Dennett and LaScola’s 2010 study, (whose foundation provided most of the initial support for the project), has been concerned for many years about helping ministers who no longer believe.

Keeping tabs on PBS’s groundbreaking series on Catholicism
A member of Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) in Colorado contacted us this week about “Catholicism,” a series of 60–minute episodes that began airing on PBS in the Maryland market in late September, with later airings on PBS in Chicago and elsewhere beginning Oct. 3. As FFRF staff have not seen the broadcasts, we would encourage you to monitor the programming if it airs in your area. If you find it propagandistic, promotional or proselytizing, please contact your local PBS station and the national PBS.

The Christian Right Hates Everyone Else’s Freedom!
Tucson Citizen
What really troubles me more is that a Conservative Christian Organization, from my state of Arizona is trying to turn this into a show case and get this woman a special exemption from having to do the job she was hired for, while still getting paid …

US scientists accuse Perry officials of censorship
The conservative Christian Texas governor, who is chasing the Republican nomination for the 2012 elections, has come under increasing scrutiny for his battles with scientists over issues of climate change as well as his thoughts on evolution. …

Don’t judge candidates by their faith

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