Archive for September, 2004

Marriage & Sexuality

In a move that raises church-state questions, Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced Sept. 21 that Maryland will become the first state to spend a portion of its federal homeland security allotment at religious institutions.

Ehrlich’s announcement took place at a Jewish day school that will receive subsidies through the program. Instead of spending the money on more police officers […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) believes that people opposed to his bill that would legalize partisan politicking by houses of worship aren’t just misguided or wrong – they’re “evil” and bad for America.

Jones made those outrageous comments during a Sept. 20 interview with the New Bern, N.C., Sun Journal. Jones was speaking at a dinner sponsored by […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious Right Research

In an election-year ploy designed to energize Religious Right conservatives, the House of Representatives is planning to vote on several “culture war” issues over the next few days.

Votes are expected on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as well as bills that would legalize church-based partisan politicking and strip the federal courts of their ability to hear cases […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

After months of keeping from public view, the Army general who sparked international condemnation for his public statements describing the U.S. war on terrorism as a Christian battle against evil Islamists is now working to salvage his reputation.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin took to a CBS News program to argue that his controversial statements before Christian […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Life

Although a clear majority of Americans cherish their religious liberties, too many of them don’t recognize the importance of keeping government and religion separate, according to a new poll from a Virginia-based nonprofit.

The survey, released today by the Council for America’s First Freedom (CAFF), finds that 52 percent of respondents ranked religious freedom above other fundamental rights, such […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious School Vouchers

In this heated election year, Jerry Falwell and his allies on the far right are working to confuse America’s pastors about tax law. In late July,  the Lynchburg, Va.-based televangelist   wrote to churches telling them not to worry about federal tax law.

Under the headline, “NO CHURCH HAS EVER LOST ITS TAX-EXEMPT STATUS,” Falwell wrote, “Every American pastor, as […] Read More

Religious Symbols on Public Property

Like an annoying ditty one can’t erase from the mind, ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ Roy Moore continues surfacing in public forums to air his strident anti-First Amendment views.

Late yesterday for the second time in recent months, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice appeared before a congressional committee to tout a court-stripping bill he helped write, dubbed the “Constitution Restoration […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Religious Right leader James C. Dobson is on the warpath. Under the aegis of his new political outfit, Focus on the Family Action, the religious broadcaster is holding a series of rallies around the country this fall.

The ostensible purpose is to rally support for a federal marriage amendment. But many people think the tour is intended to increase the […] Read More