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This is the main page of our website's section on the Christian right's attacks on public education. The page's topics include
such issues as send-home fliers from religious groups as well as lawsuits and situations
involving school systems sponsoring religion and teachers who preach in class. There are separate pages devoted to
after-school religious clubs, the omnipresent Good News clubs,
elective classes on
the Bible, home-schooling, school vouchers and
religious plays and displays. Our reports about Jewish families' experiences in the Indian River School District
are here. Although it is certainly an attack on public education, the subject of
creationism (sometimes known as "intelligent design") is, because of its current importance,
in a separate category, together with Noah's Park, our page on the
Christian Right's creationist theme parks. You'll find additional pages not mentioned here by expanding the public education section of the menu at the left. As all our sections, this one includes a
page focusing on "how Jews see it."
There's Still Christianity in the Public Schools?.
Jewish students down South face aggressive proselytizing by their evangelical classmates and scant protection from their schools, reports Jan Jaben-Eilon. Some Jewish youth who lack a strong Jewish foundation have fallen prey to efforts to convert them.
Cincinnati Jews and Christians "Stand Together" in Support of Israel.
Cincinnati Jews and Christians sponsored an event to bring together Christians and Jewish supporters of Israel. The focus was on why the Jewish community should welcome Christian support.
Messianic Jewish Groups Claim Rapid Growth.
Most American Jewish organizations shun these quasi-Christians, although they embrace Christian Zionist organizations. However, the messianic groups are increasingly finding acceptance in Israel, where the lines are blurring between them and Christian Zionist groups.
Christian Zionist's Night to Honor Israel in Albuquerque.
The Jewish Federation of New Mexico partnered Christians United for Israel in a public event in Albuquerque featuring CUFI leader John Hagee and his high profile friend and supporter in the Jewish community, talk show host Dennis Prager.
Victory in Delaware School District Case.
The Supreme Court's refusal January 19th to hear a case about religion in public schools that JewsOnFirst has followed for years was a resounding victory for the Jewish "Doe" family in Delaware who brought the case, and for countless families across the country.
Deconstructing the Bush Administration's Faith-based Initiatives.
In an interview with JewsOnFirst.org that will be of particular interest to congregations, Prof. Robert Wineburg discusses how Bush officials re-directed $2.5 billion in social welfare funds from mainline religious agencies to local religious congregations and inexperienced faith-based agencies.
Kentucky’s Ark Encounter.
Avi Milgrom gives us a detailed look at the Ark Encounter, a planned $170 million, 800-acre creationism theme park, subsidized by state and local government funds. The nearby Creation Museum, a partner in the Ark Encounter project, hires only Christians.
Denver Jews Force Federation to Withdraw Invitation to Rev. John Hagee.
We talk with three local Jewish leaders about the Denver Allied Jewish Federation's "disinviting" Pastor John Hagee, who was to have keynoted a November dinner, and replacing him with David Brog (pictured), the CEO of Hagee's Christians United for Israel.
Christian Zionist Leader Hagee and Rabbi Speak at Colorado Event.
Rev. John Hagee and Orthodox Rabbi Selwyn Franklin spoke at a Colorado church's Night to Honor Israel on October 16th. A share of the collection plate was destined for the Ariel settlement on the West Bank.
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Terms Palestinian State Victory for "Jihadism".
We have exclusive coverage of Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon's speech at a Christian Zionist program at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. The program was sponsored by the Jewish Federation, right-wing pro-Israel groups and Christian organizations.
JewsOnFirst Reports on The Response.
Blatant and repeated calls for Jews to accept Jesus punctuated Texas Governor Rick Perry’s August 6th Response revival meeting. There were also calls to redeem the United States for Jesus. Our eyewitness report has details.
Inside CUFI's 2010 Washington "Summit".
As in past years, JewsOnFirst has posted a report from inside the Washington DC conference of Christians United for Israel, the leading Christian Zionist organization.
Inside CUFI's 2011 Washington "Summit".
As in past years, JewsOnFirst is posting a report from inside the Washington DC conference of Christians United for Israel, the leading Christian Zionist organization. Big eyebrow-lifters this year were Glenn Beck's keynote speech and a CUFI board member's wife saying that dividing Jerusalem will delay the return of Jesus.
A Muslim Community Center? Why Not?.
We analyze the arguments, pro and con, in the fierce debate over Park51, the proposed Muslim community center near Ground Zero in the context of longstanding national conversations about the meaning of religious freedom and what sort of country we are and want to be.
Doomsday Q & A.
When the "Rapture" or "Doomsday" predicted for May 21st by fundamentalist preacher Harold Camping became national headline news, we thought it would be useful to explore the underlying dynamics of such events. We turned to John Hubers, a professor of Religion at Northwestern College in Orange, Iowa, who observed that "doomsday soothsayers" offer structure and certainty to followers whose ranks swell in times of uncertainty.
Judge rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb ruled in a case against President Obama and the National Day of Prayer Task Force that the law is unconstitutional because it "...endorses prayer." We have posted case documents, including the deposition of Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family (pictured), who leads the Task Force.
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