Archive for January, 2006

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Religious Right activists have apparently convinced President George W. Bush to intervene on the side of sectarianism in the battle over religion in the U.S. military.

The Washington Times reported yesterday that Bush will “pressure the Pentagon” on rules pertaining to religion in the armed services. According to the newspaper, the administration had struck a deal with a congressman […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, This Day in History

Today, Jan. 17, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. Although Franklin was never known for taking up the cause of separation of church and state as strongly as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he did produce at least one great passage that rings down through the ages. It is especially relevant in this day of “faith-based” […] Read More

Religious Right Research, This Day in History

Monday marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King’s memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it’s a good time to take a look at what this great […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Right Research

In a nationally televised rally Jan. 8, Religious Right leaders insisted that the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. will help reverse judicial decisions upholding church-state separation.

“Justice Sunday III,” as the event was dubbed, took place at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia on the day before Senate confirmation hearings for Alito were scheduled to […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

State legislators in Indiana are vowing to challenge a federal court ruling striking down the practice of sectarian prayers before the state House of Representatives.

In November, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton concluded that Indiana lawmakers violated the Constitution by using “systematically sectarian” prayers to open meetings. The prayers were almost always Christian in nature, Hamilton noted, and […] Read More