Archive for July, 2006

Religion in Public Schools

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that officially sanctioned prayer and other religious activities in the public schools violate the First Amendment, some communities are still struggling over interfaith tensions in the classroom, The New York Times reported over the weekend,

Take, for example, the tragic situation reported on by The Times involving a Jewish family’s battle to […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Religious School Vouchers

I guess an apology is in order. In a blog entry earlier this week, we jumped to the conclusion that the Bush administration tried to bury a new report on public school performance. Cynics that we sometimes are, we thought that the Education Department did not want Americans to know that public schools sometimes do better than private schools […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Civil liberties groups, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State, have argued for years now that the Bush administration’s “faith-based” agenda is a constitutionally suspect and seriously flawed plan to shift billions of public dollars to religious organizations.

Yesterday, Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Pete Stark (D-Calif.) released a congressional report that concludes the administration has not provided […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed’s attempt to launch a political career went down in flames last night when voters in the Georgia Republican primary decisively rejected his bid to become lieutenant governor.

Reed, 45, was defeated by Casey Cagle, a state senator, 56 percent to 44 percent.

The results can only be seen as a stunning fall from grace […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

The U.S. Department of Education found itself in a tight spot recently: A new report had just come out indicating that public school students perform as well or better than their private school counterparts. Obviously, these findings did not please the Bush administration, which is wedded to vouchers and other forms of tax aid to private schools.

Desperate Education […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Ralph Reed, one of the Religious Right’s most successful political organizers and fundraisers, is having a difficult time escaping his relationship with one of the nation’s most infamous lobbyists Jack Abramoff.

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Reed and Abramoff charging them with being the driving forces behind the demise of the Native American tribe’s […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

A towering cross that sits on government property near San Diego was scheduled to be removed this summer but has now won a reprieve thanks to Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Litigation over the Mount Soledad Cross has been under way for about 18 years. Courts have repeatedly ruled that the government has no business displaying such a prominent […] Read More