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School Prayer and the Supreme Court
Supreme Court cases dealing with school prayer.

Freedom of Religion in the United States
A short history of religious freedom in the United States.

6 Arguments for Prayer in Public Schools
Six arguments used to support prayer in public schools, with responses.

Civil Liberties and American Muslims
A timeline history of Muslim-American civil liberties.

Islamophobia has been a considerable influence on U.S. policy, particularly in the post-9/11 era.

The controversial tradition called Christian Dominionism is a major political story in the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination. Find out why.

Free Exercise Clause
A definition of the Free Exercise Clause.

Should Intelligent Design be taught in public schools?
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?

The Religious Right
The roots and motivations of the Religious Right.

The War on Happy Holidays
Is there a war on Christmas? Tom Head looks at the evidence.

All Saints Episcopal Church Demands Apology from IRS
On October 31, 2004, the Rev. George Regas delivered an antiwar sermon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. The sermon later attracted the attention of the IRS.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU)
A profile of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Establishment Clause
A history and description of the establishment clause, which guarantees separation of church and state.

The Future of Church and State in America
What the church-state debate might be like in 2012.

History of Conscientious Objectors
A brief history of U.S. draft law from the colonial era until the current day, with emphasis on how the United States has addressed the question of conscientious objectors.

Moses Seixas' Letter to George Washington
An exchange between President George Washington and Touro Synagogue's warden, Moses Seixas, regarding religious freedom and the place of the Jewish community within Washington's vision of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association
Looking for Thomas Jefferson's letter outlining a "wall of separation" of church and state, sent to the Danbury Baptists? Here it is!

Religion in Public Schools
Atheism and Agnosticism Guide Austin Cline provides a huge collection off articles on the history of First Amendment law as it pertains to religion in public schools.

Public Schools and Religious Freedom
U.S. Conservative Politics Guide Amy Hess summarizes the rights of religious public school students.

Court Decisions on the Ten Commandments
An overview of landmark court decisions on the display of the Ten Commandments in government buildings, written by Atheism and Agnosticism Guide Austin Cline.

The Waynesville Nine
In 2004, a Baptist pastor in North Carolina publicly expelled nine elderly church members for refusing to support the reelection of George W. Bush.

Casting Stones - The Christian Reconstructionist Movement
A Southern Party Law Center report on the origins of the Christian Reconstructionist movement, which aims to eliminate separation of church and state and base U.S. law on Biblical precepts.

The American Civil Liberties Union - Religious Liberty
The ACLU's advocacy page for religious freedom and church-state issues, with up-to-the-minute news, links, and special reports.

Scotland: Atheist Wins Discrimination Suit Against Catholic School
Austin Cline reports on a Scottish math teacher who was denied promotion at a federally-funded Catholic school on the basis of his atheism. In March 2006, he won the ruling--and set a precedent that may end widespread discrimination against non-religious teachers in Scotland's school system.

Church and State in the United States
A history of church and state in the United States.

The Religious Right
A timeline history of the Religious Right.

Top 5 Arguments Against Separation of Church and State
Most people who oppose separation of church and state do so for reasons that make sense to them, but not necessarily to us. Here's what they believe, why they believe it, and why they're wrong.

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