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I set this group up a couple of weeks ago to use for my own purposes, like when someone in Louisiana gets it in his mind that a particular version of the Bible should be governmentally established as the state book. Now, I see that this is an issue that isn't fully covered by the established groups already. Today we have a diary by one of the most serious defenders of religious freedom in the country, Mikey Weinstein, who is leading the fight to get religious proselytization out of the Air Force, on the National Day of Prayer, in which he demonstrates that it is anything but benign. Accordingly, I'm opening up the group to anyone who wants to patrol the news for any instances like this one of governmentally sanctioned religious activity. Mission statement below the great orange collection plate.

This is how I envision the group:

At this writing, 7 American states have passed laws that forbid their legislatures from considering Sharia law (and the courts are quickly deciding that these laws violate some aspects of the First Amendment). But this does not keep some of the same states for attempting to write parts of the Bible into law, because The United States is, according to them (never mind the Constitution), a Christian nation. This group will serve as a repository for diaries which document attempts by religious "conservatives" to encode Christian religious precepts into state law or state practice in these United States.
National law and practice too.

You're invited to join if you think you'll be writing about these issues, and you're also welcome to follow the group. I'll be happy to enlist you in this particular fight.

UPDATE: As I do in almost all of my groups, joining means editor status. I hate it when I decide to republish a diary and i find older diaries queued by contributors that the admins never went back to look at, and, knowing how lazy I am myself, I don't want to let that happen (because I know it will). So I figure that if I invite you you're a respectable adult and you know what to publish and to republish. I can always edit later if there's something I think doesn't belong here, and 'll always discuss it with you.

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