Time to Tax Churches?

The Washington Post asked me to write a piece on whether churches should be taxed. I was glad to oblige, and the article ran today. In answering the question, I pointed out that America’s growing nonreligious demographic should give political momentum to the idea of removing religious privilege from the tax code. The piece can be found here.

Teacher or Preacher?

Our latest legal complaint at the American Humanist Association involves a Texas teacher who promotes Christianity in her classroom. She’s placed a large Christian cross in the room, and she’s made statements such as telling the class that nobody is perfect except for one person, “Our Lord.” Here’s a story from the local newspaper, the Brownsville Herald.

As I told the reporter, the Constitution requires religious neutrality from teachers. This is a simple concept, but many school officials seem to have trouble grasping it. Instead, they feel that their majority faith holds a privileged position in the community. We have to remind them that public schools are for everyone, not just Christians. Our letter to school officials demands corrective action. Stay tuned to see how they respond.