Archive for May, 2004

Church Politicking

A few Roman Catholic clerics around the country are working hard to influence Catholic voters in the 2004 elections. A recent poll, however, finds that Catholics in the pews are not welcoming those efforts.

Earlier this month, Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark issued a pastoral letter saying that Catholic officeholders who disagree with the Vatican’s opposition to abortion should […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

Lt. General William Boykin is again making headlines, but this time not only for his offensive remarks. Boykin, the deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, sparked controversy and investigation last year when he said Muslims worship idols and cast the war on terrorism as a religious conflict. Boykin declared that the real enemy of America — which he describes […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Life

Unitarian Universalists have participated in American religious life for over 200 years. The denomination has produced U.S. presidents and many prominent religious, social and literary figures. But now they no longer officially count as a religion for tax purposes in the state of Texas. State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn decided that the Red River UU Church fails to compel its […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious Right Research

Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs has issued a pastoral letter saying that American Catholics should not receive communion if they vote for candidates who defy church teaching on abortion, same-sex marriage and other social issues, according to The New York Times. This proclamation comes on the heels of moves by others in the Catholic hierarchy to […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Southern Baptists will be asked to pull their children out of public schools if prominent leaders of the denomination have their way. Thomas C. Pinckney, a retired Air Force brigadier general and former second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Bruce Shortt, a Houston lawyer, have submitted a resolution urging all Southern Baptists to “remove their children from […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

Lama Chuck Stanford, a Buddhist leader in Kansas City, Mo., praised separation of church and state as a guarantor of religious pluralism in a recent Kansas City Star forum. The American commitment to a pluralistic society, he said, is embodied in the motto on America’s seal: “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “Out of many, one.” For Lama Stanford, “no […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life

Almost 50 years ago, candidate John F. Kennedy assured a skeptical America that the Catholic Church would not influence his decisions as President. Kennedy believed “in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” An increasingly aggressive Catholic hierarchy is undermining this historic principle by attempting to control the votes of Catholic politicians on important social […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

When TV preacher Jerry Falwell announced that White House political strategist Karl Rove would deliver the commencement address at Liberty University May 8, Americans United quickly swung into action.

AU, noting that Liberty is a tax-exempt education institution, had some advice for Falwell and Rove in a press statement: Don’t even think about turning the graduation ceremony into a Bush-for-president […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

Is the National Day of Prayer Task Force using its non-profit status to broadcast a partisan message in this heated election season? President Bush hosted a National Day of Prayer event with religious leaders at the White House today, and the event will be broadcast in prime-time tonight on evangelical Christian cable and satellite TV outlets as well as on […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Residents of Darby, Mont., have just put a stop to an attempt to teach religion in science classes.

On Tuesday night, voters in the small town overwhelmingly chose two school board candidates who support teaching evolution. They rejected one board incumbent and another candidate supported by a local minister who proposed teaching “intelligent design.” (One of the defeated candidates was […] Read More