Dec 23

When Festivus was recognized as a religion for several months

Posted 3 months, 24 days ago.


Three years ago, an inmate in California and his lawyer convinced a judge that the Seinfeld-inspired holiday Festivus was a legitimate religious activity. The story made national headlines, but it also contained a few lessons about the legal system—and kosher food.

Dec 19

Satan worshippers denied spot next to Nativity scene

Posted 3 months, 28 days ago.


The controversy over a public display in Florida that features a Nativity scene and a Festivus pole has taken a new turn, after an application from satanic followers was denied by a state official.

Dec 18

The Supreme Court’s thoughts on reindeer and Christmas displays

Posted 4 months, 0 days ago.


A big Supreme Court decision next year could influence a precedent, the Plastic Reindeer Rule, that has limited the use of religious symbols like nativity scenes in public places.

Dec 16

Judge says NSA phone program violates Fourth Amendment

Posted 4 months, 1 day ago.


The National Security Agency’s massive program to collect basic phone information about Americans is probably unconstitutional, a federal judge said in a decision he expects to be appealed.

Dec 16

Five items Congress deleted from Madison’s original Bill of Rights

Posted 4 months, 2 days ago.


When James Madison spoke to the First Congress he proposed 20 amendments for a Bill of Rights, and not the 10 we all know about. So what did Congress delete from the final list that was ratified by the states?