I am extremely disappointed in today's Supreme Court decision (Greece v. Galloway) affirming that sectarian prayers at city council meetings do not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The 5-4 decision severely diminishes the non-establishment principle and effectively endorses majoritarian displays of public piety. Read more about The Business of Government -- Prayer and Pledge Go Hand-in-Hand »
Posts by Ellery
IDists claim that there is an "intelligent design" view and that evolution is "an equal religion". They usually say "Darwinism". Of course, there is no such thing as "Darwinism", this is a word made up by IDists to label those who do not accept their views. Let's consider what characterizes traditional religions and whether evolution is a religion. Read more about Is Evolution a Religion? »
This address was written for a demonstation in Boston in support of free speech on September 30, 2012, Blashphemy Day. This year's Blasphemy Day is particularly important given the violence in the Middle East sparked by an obscure, anti-Muslim YouTube video. Read more about An Address on Blasphemy Day, Sunday, September 30, 2012 »
[This post was also published by the FFRF News. Ellery is a lifetime member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF, based in Madison, Wis., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity, is the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate.]
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Engel decision.
I write in remembrance and appreciation. Read more about Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Landmark Prayer Case »