Myth: A majority of Americans believe that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.
Fact: The First Amendment of the Constitution explicitly forbids the establishment of any belief system as the country’s official religion.
There’s no question that most Americans identify as Christian, but when did we lose faith in a pluralistic society? Despite the varied religious heritages of Americans, many today now believe that the U.S. was designed to be a Christian nation and that “real Americans” and Christians are under siege. Many Christians feel that liberals and atheists are erasing their heritage, while Islam is threatening to upend the Constitution and our system of justice. Why do so many think these things?
Guest author “Rye Bred” tells us that while we’ve been busy demonizing the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their activism, all in the name of preserving the Second Amendment, Congress has been busy signing away our other freedoms.read more
Campaign finance reform has been on many people’s minds since the 2009 “Citizens United” decision by the Supreme Court, which officially codified political spending as free speech under U.S. law. But what would campaign finance reform look like, and why do people want to change the current system?read more
The divide between Republicans and Democrats is greater than ever. If we want to bridge this divide and bring America back together, we need to pull back from the present combative dialogue to one that is more meaningful and constructive.read more
Confused about the definition of a safe space? You’re not alone. Some say they are necessary to help marginalized people feel welcome, while others say they violate the First Amendment. In order to understand why safe spaces exist, we first have to understand what they are.read more
The First Amendment gives us the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government. However, there are legal and illegal ways to protest. Both protestors and those who disapprove of their activities should be aware of the laws and limitations of First Amendment rights.read more
It’s not unusual for messaging to change when the White House changes hands, but the Trump administration seems to have taken it a step farther and buried or deleted any mention of climate change from government websites. This censorship is not only irresponsible, it’s un-American.read more
Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle threatened Delta Air Lines with retaliation if the airline refused to restore its NRA discount. Ultimately, that’s what happened–a jet fuel tax break was removed from an economic stimulus bill. Is this legal under the First Amendment? Well…it’s complicated.read more
“In God We Trust” didn’t become the United States’ official motto until 1956. However, this motto seems to violate the principle of separation of church and state, one of the founding pillars of the U.S. “Big government” and “faith and family” are being set up as opposites, but that’s a false dilemma.read more
Last month, officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) were reportedly told not to use certain language. According to The Washington Post, the Trump administration prohibited CDC employees from using words and phrases like “evidence-based,” “science-based,”...read more
In what appears to be a swipe at President Trump, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) defended the press in an online video that has since gone viral. “The only way the republic can work is if we come together, and we defend each other’s rights to say things that we differ...read more