Archive for June, 2005

Religion in Public Life

America has long been thought to be more religiously devout than other economically developed countries. Pundits often assume that this means that Americans are soft on church-state separation issues.

To the contrary, a new AP-Ipsos poll reveals deep-seated wariness among Americans of religious influence on American politics. A solid 61 percent said that they do not think religious leaders […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life

Last month, Americans United expressed concern about religious bias and a heavy evangelical Christian atmosphere at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

At the time, officials at Focus on the Family and other conservative organizations and publications dismissed AU’s concerns and even accused the organization of launching a witch hunt against conservative Christians. But now vindication […] Read More

Inside AU, Religion in Public Life

Listen this weekend for Rob Boston’s insightful discussion with “This American Life” host Ira Glass. The one-hour PRI program, titled “Godless America” will explore the parameters of church-state relations at a time when House Majority Leader Tom Delay says he governs with a “Biblical worldview.”

The history of church-state separation is the history of religious liberty in our Republic. Many […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

The Smithsonian Institution has dropped its plan to cosponsor the showing of a film promoting “intelligent design.”

In a statement issued yesterday, Smithsonian officials dropped plans to cosponsor the “The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe,” which is based on a book promoting intelligent design by Iowa State University astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez.

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Religion in Public Life

Air Force Academy seems unable to solve the crisis of religious intolerance on their campus. Less than a week after Air Force officials issued a statement reminding officers that they must respect the religious beliefs of others, the highest-ranking cadet at the Academy sent a religious e-mail to thousands of fellow cadets.

The e-mail, disseminated by Wing Commander Nicholas Jurewicz, […] Read More