Archive for May, 2006

Religion in Public Life

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. has issued a ruling saying a state grant for a Baptist group’s conference does not violate church-state separation. Americans United has condemned the ruling as misguided and unfortunate.

The controversy began last month when state officials announced plans to give $150,000 in taxpayer funds to the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, which […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious School Vouchers

President George W. Bush may soon give a high-profile endorsement to the proposed federal marriage amendment.

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, reports that on June 5 Bush will take to the Rose Garden with a gaggle of Religious Right lobbyists to trumpet the so-called “Marriage Protection Amendment.” The Senate is expected to vote June 6 on […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

Who does Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell represent – all the people of the Commonwealth or TV preacher Pat Robertson?

On May 25, McDonnell appeared on Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network to tout his work on behalf of an anti-gay constitutional amendment and to fawn over the controversial televangelist. The Virginia official, who is a graduate of Robertson’s Regent Law School, […] Read More

Religious Right Research

It’s been a rough month for TV preacher Pat Robertson.

First, he repeated the old canard on the “700 Club” May 11 that Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn believes that municipal fire departments should not be permitted to extinguish blazes at houses of worship. That outrageous tale was promptly debunked in an AU press release and by the […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality

Clergy from an array of religious denominations converged on Capitol Hill today to denounce the federal marriage amendment.

With a Senate vote on S.J. Res. 1 expected in early June, religious leaders operating under the banner of Clergy for Fairness gathered to speak to reporters, to lobby senators and promote a petition drive.

“We are united in our opposition […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Schools

In a closed-door session today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send a federal marriage amendment to the Senate floor for consideration.

By a 10-8 margin this morning, the committee, headed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), approved S.J.Res.1, which mandates that marriage in America “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.” […] Read More

Inside AU, Religious Symbols on Public Property

A 17-year battle to keep a towering Christian cross atop a hillside overlooking San Diego, Calif., has become yet another front in our nation’s so-called culture wars.

Philip Paulson, a Vietnam veteran and San Diego resident, sued the city seeking removal of the 43-foot religious symbol from Mount Soledad Natural Park. His lawsuit argued that the icon violates the […] Read More

Religious Right Research

The Washington Post reports that yesterday the House passed an expansive defense authorization bill that contains a provision allowing military service chaplains to pray according to their own dictates regardless of guidelines set down by their superiors.

Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) are waging a crusade on behalf of Religious Right lobbyists, such as James Dobson’s […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Religious School Vouchers

A dispute evolving in Wisconsin provides yet another example of why taxpayers should not be compelled to finance religious schools.

A Roman Catholic school system in Appleton, Wisc., is fighting a complaint brought by a former teacher who was fired for using in vitro fertilization to start a family. The Appleton (Wisc.) Post-Crescent reported yesterday that Kelly Romenesko […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

It’s now much closer to the Fourth of July than it is to Dec. 25, but culture-war skirmishes over Christmas continue.

In suburban St. Louis, the board of education at Francis Howell School District has voted 4-3 to rechristen “Winter Break” as “Christmas Break.” According to a report in the O’Fallon (Mo.) Journal, school board members said they have […] Read More