Archive for June, 2006

Court Stripping, Religious Symbols on Public Property

The Pledge Protection Act has failed to get out of the House Judiciary Committee yet again!

In a stellar repeat performance today, U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R- S.C.) again withheld his support from H.R 2389, a Religious Right-backed, court-stripping measure that would bar the federal courts from hearing cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance. Inglis’ “no” vote yesterday created a […] Read More

Court Stripping

The battle over the Pledge Protection Act isn’t quite over yet.

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) stunned his fellow Republicans by voting against the measure in the House Judiciary Committee. Inglis’ vote created a 15-15 split, meaning that the proposed legislation would not advance to the House floor.

Angry Religious Right activists and their Republican allies immediately began pressuring […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Who would you pick to write your constitution – Founding Father James Madison or Family Research Council President Tony Perkins?

It doesn’t seem like much of a choice. Madison is considered the father of the U.S. Constitution and helped draft the Bill of Rights. He pioneered religious liberty in Virginia and served as our nation’s fourth president.

By contrast, Perkins […] Read More

Court Stripping, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

U.S. Rep Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y), with a widening grin on his face, summed up a subcommittee’s consideration of a relatively obscure — but radical — bill that seeks to slam the courthouse doors on lawsuits brought to uphold church-state separation.

“This is an election year,” Nadler noted, saying in Washington such years are often known as “the silly season.” […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

A Baptist group’s government-subsidized anti-hunger program cannot be used as a vehicle to evangelize.

Last week, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sued the City of Baltimore in federal court seeking to bar public funds from being used for the National Baptist Convention’s “Bags of Love” outreach program.

The Baltimore City Council and Mayor Martin O’Malley had approved […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Same-sex marriage is destroying families. Innocent school children can’t pledge their allegiance to God and country. American flags have gone up in flames all over the nation. This is our reality – at least according to a few lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In an election year, all sorts of silliness erupts.

Today is Flag Day, so the wedge issue of […] Read More

Religious Right Research

In a May 4 New York Times column, pundit David Brooks attacked author Kevin Phillips’ book American Theocracy as “paranoid.”

Brooks charged that “Phillips’s book is rife with bizarre assertions.” As an example, the Times columnist cited Phillips’ contention that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon “has been close to the Bush family.”

Brooks is apparently not well versed in former […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

The First Amendment principle of church-state separation appears to be of little concern to some members of the Louisiana legislature. Indeed, this week a House committee focused on changing words in the Ten Commandments and debating what version is proper for public buildings.

A bill wending its way through the state legislature would allow all government officials to festoon […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s attempt to re-enter public life went down in flames yesterday.

Moore became a hero to the Religious Right when he defied a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments display from the courthouse – but Alabama’s Republican voters, it seems, are growing tired of his antics.

After being removed from the court, Moore […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Symbols on Public Property

A wide array of religious leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., today to respond to President George W. Bush’s embrace of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would graft the Religious Right’s view of marriage onto the Constitution.

Bush used his weekly radio address on Saturday and a speech at the White House today to pump S.J. Res. 1, the so-called “Marriage […] Read More