Archive for July, 2005

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Schools

Over 40 years after the Supreme Court barred official prayer in the classroom, politicians are still bent on undermining public school neutrality on religion.

A Salt Lake City newspaper, the Deseret Morning News , recently reported on the efforts of a state senator to eviscerate the First Amendment principle of church-state separation by allowing officially sanctioned devotions […] Read More

Church Politicking, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

Christian Right televangelist Jerry Falwell has it wrong again.

The Lynchburg, Va.-based TV preacher sent out a July 21 “Falwell Confidential” e-mail via his nonprofit Jerry Falwell Ministries claiming that “complaints against me and my ministries” filed with federal agencies have been victoriously resolved.

After lauding last week’s “excellent Supreme Court nomination,” Falwell went on to boast that […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life

Try not to get steam-rolled by the gathering conventional wisdom on Judge John G. Roberts’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Many voices in the news media tell us he is pragmatic and not a right-wing flame-thrower.

But pay attention to the nation’s leading Religious Right groups and figures. They are rejoicing over the Roberts nomination.

“The president is a […] Read More

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

Some North Carolina county judges are revealing the constitutional pitfalls of requiring religious oaths in courtrooms.

When a Guilford County Muslim woman went before Judge Tom Jarrell regarding a domestic family dispute, she requested to be sworn in on the Koran, but neither the judge nor the courthouse had one available. She was told either to swear […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

An activist leading the charge for a constitutional amendment barring flag desecration has admitted that the amendment will be just the first of several changes to the Bill of Rights.

In a recent letter to a columnist for the ultra-conservative Washington Times , Patrick H. Brady, chairman of the Citizens Flag Alliance, tied to the flag-burning […] Read More

Religious Right Research

A fundamentalist Christian adoption agency receiving state funds in Mississippi is probably not a social service provider that the Bush administration would highlight in its ongoing promotion of its controversial “faith-based” initiative.

Bethany Christian Services, according to its Web site, “manifests the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and […] Read More

Judicial Nominations

A gaggle of some of the nation’s most far-out conservative activists has a name for President George W. Bush’s hunt for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Roy Moore.

Yes, that Roy Moore – the man who defied a federal court order and lost his job as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice because of his […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Right Research

President George W. Bush has urged senators to ignore “the special
interest groups, particularly those on the extreme” with regards the filling
the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Maybe his own administration did not get that message. According to a report
from today’s New York Times
, the Bush White House has reached
[…] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

Recent allegations of religious bias at the Air Force Academy in Colorado
Springs may be only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to religious pluralism
in the military.

A recent front-page New York Times article paints a troubling portrait
of the military chaplaincy generally, noting that evangelicals who insist on
their […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religious Right Research

It took the Catholic Church more than 300 years to apologize for imprisoning the great 17th Century astronomer Galileo Galilei because his research confounded the church’s teachings.

A recent opinion piece from a high-ranking cardinal shows church hierarchy may still be struggling with science.

In a July 7 column for The New York Times, Vienna […] Read More