Archive for March, 2005

Judicial Nominations, Religious Right Research

Has the Religious Right gone too far in its control over the Republican Party? Some long-time GOP leaders are beginning to think so.

Today, in a New York Times op-ed piece, former U.S. Senator John C. Danforth, warned, “By a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians.”

Danforth, a […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a death sentence must be overturned because the jury unconstitutionally consulted a Bible while deciding the penalty. Jurors admitted reading a passage from Leviticus that demands an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Bible citations and other outside material are explicitly prohibited from being used as a resource in […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religious Right Research

Who should decide what religious doctrines you obey? You or your pharmacist. In a move that troubles many civil liberties advocates, some pharmacists across the nation are refusing to fill certain prescriptions, claiming a First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Media reports, including a recent article from The Washington Post, note an increasing number of pharmacists […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whom the Religious Right has fought to keep alive against her husband’s will, isn’t dead yet – but already right-wing groups are using her to make money.

The New York Times reported March 28 that Schiavo’s parents have authorized a conservative direct-mail marketing firm “to sell a list of their financial supporters, […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

A fundamentalist congregation in Ohio is spearheading a right-wing Christian drive to dominate politics in the Buckeye State. Fairfield Christian Church of Lancaster has an ambition so great that it caught the attention of The New York Times, which recently reported that the church and its allies are “mounting a campaign to win control of local government posts and […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Americans United’s release of a closed-door recording of top congressional leaders Tom DeLay and Bill Frist kowtowing to the Religious Right has generated significant media interest – and is helping Americans understand the threat theocratic extremists pose to our freedoms.

The recording made the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times, and excerpts were played in following days on […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has joined a growing number of politicians seemingly seeking to use the Bush’ administration’s so-called “faith-based” initiative to curry favor with those so-called “values voters.”

In a speech laced with Bible references, Granholm told a state-organized gathering of religious groups and leaders that her administration would open a “faith-based” initiatives office to […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religious Right Research

Poor James Dobson! A few weeks ago, the prominent Religious Right broadcaster had a much-publicized and much-lampooned run-in with cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Now Dobson’s name is being dragged through the mud in connection with a Washington lobbying scandal.

According to news media accounts, political consultant (and former Christian Coalition Executive Director) Ralph Reed recruited Dobson into […] Read More

Religious Right Research

In 2003, more than a dozen workers at the Salvation Army in New York City filed a lawsuit against the group’s new practice of discriminating on the basis of religion. As in many civil rights cases, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights division joined the case. Oddly enough, they joined in support of the Salvation Army […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Symbols on Public Property

A 16-year battle over a 43-foot-tall cross on public land in San Diego ended Tuesday when the San Diego City Council voted not to transfer the cross to the federal government, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Mount Soledad cross was ordered removed in 1991 by a federal judge in response to a lawsuit. As in many cases involving […] Read More