Archive for February, 2005

Religion in Public Life

When a high-profile politician and governor of the nation’s largest state offers a ringing endorsement of church-state separation, it is well worth applauding. Especially in current conditions, where a media-fueled conventional wisdom holds that politicians can only succeed by pandering to the Religious Right.

During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged his […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

An attempt to rewrite Virginia’s religious freedom provisions – words crafted by Thomas Jefferson and honed by James Madison and George Mason – has failed.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10 to 5 Monday to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would have opened the door to state-sanctioned prayer in public schools and other institutions. […] Read More

Religious Right Research

The former deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has unleashed a stinging attack on the White House, asserting that President George W. Bush and his fellow Republicans were not serious about helping the poor through their much-vaunted “faith-based” initiative.

David Kuo, who worked in the faith-based office until December of 2003, blasted both […] Read More

Church Politicking

James Dobson of Focus on the Family isn’t shy about his increasing involvement in politics. During the 2004 campaign, the Religious Right leader traveled the country, rallying evangelical voters on behalf of favored candidates and issues. He is widely credited with helping to defeat former Sen. Tom Daschle in South Dakota. Since then, Dobson has given several media interviews about […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Most people don’t think of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as a theologian. After all, he’s best known for the slash-and-burn style of highly partisan politics that he unleashed in Washington during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

But after a period of self-imposed retirement from the limelight, Gingrich is back with a new book titled Winning the Future: A […] Read More

Religious Right Research

What a difference four years and $1.5 million makes!

On Feb. 20, 2001, TV preacher Pat Robertson expressed grave concerns about President George W. Bush’s “faith-based” initiative. Addressing his “700 Club” audience, Robertson opined that the scheme could lead religious groups to become dependent on government handouts.

“[T]his thing could be a real Pandora’s box,” Robertson […] Read More