Archive for April, 2005

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

The Religious Right won’t budge from its persecution complex, which is encapsulated in an increasingly shrill campaign charging Senate Democrats with oppressing Christians by filibustering some of the Bush administration’s judicial nominees.

Earlier this week one of the participants in the April 24 judge-bashing event at a Kentucky mega-church boasted to a reporter that the group had […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Despite mounting criticism from mainstream religious voices and his Senate colleagues, Majority Leader Bill Frist lent his backing to a Sunday gathering of Religious Right extremists bent on destroying the independence of the federal courts.

“Justice Sunday,” coordinated by the Family Research Council (FRC), was a judge-bashing fest, replete with over-the-top, overwrought rhetoric about American judges gone wild. […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life

Curtis Weinstein wants to serve his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, but lately the young cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs feels like an outsider – all because of his religion.

Weinstein, who is Jewish, asserts that an atmosphere of fundamentalist Christianity pervades the Academy. He’s not the only one complaining.

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Religious Right Research

The elevation of German Cardinal Josef Ratzinger to the papacy is bound to disappoint American Catholics hoping for a more moderate tone in the church.

Ratzinger for many years oversaw the church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a post responsible for upholding orthodoxy. In that role, Ratzinger worked to stifle dissent in the church, cracking down on progressive […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Schools

Is the free exercise of religion broad enough to allow a small New Mexico church the ritual use of a tea containing a hallucinogenic drug the federal government has outlawed?

The U.S. Supreme Court may provide us some answers. Yesterday the high court announced it would review a case from New Mexico involving the O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Religious Right pressures are apparently getting to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

Earlier this month, Frist sought to distance himself from some of the vitriolic attacks on the judiciary launched by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). Said Frist at that time, “We have a fair and independent judiciary today.”

Frist was roundly criticized by the […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

Whose interpretation of the First Amendment do you believe – Tom DeLay or Tom Jefferson?

Yesterday, on the 262nd anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday, U.S. House Majority Leader DeLay, in an interview with The Washington Times, maintained that the separation of church and state is “nowhere in the Constitution….”

According to DeLay, the federal courts created the […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Life

Just how extreme are social conservatives now residing — and contemplating constitutional shenanigans — in the U.S. Senate?

One day, we have Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) taking to the floor to rail wildly against federal judges, and on Wednesday we’ll be treated to a Senate committee hearing on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) that features a right-wing law professor […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) promotion of a fringe Religious Right activist’s “tour” of the U.S. Capitol has sparked controversy in Washington, D.C.

On March 31, Frist sent out letters inviting his colleagues to a “private tour of the U.S. Capitol building with WallBuilders President David Barton.” Frist asked senators and their families to come enjoy […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Are Americans finally waking up to the stranglehold the Religious Right has over the government?

A new USA Today/Gallup poll give some cause for hope. By a 2-1 margin, Americans now say the Religious Right has too much rather than too little influence over the Bush administration. Thirty-nine percent agreed that religious conservatives have too much influence, […] Read More