Archive for August, 2006

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

It’s a given that The Wall Street Journal publishes a reliably right-wing editorial page. The page is far more influential than the sparsely read Washington Times or some of the right-wing’s favorite periodicals, such as The Weekly Standard.

It is, however, sad when the WSJ’s editorial page offers up a defense of church-based politicking that is alarmist, riddled with egregious […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Behind every famous church-state case there is a face, an individual who decides to risk everything to stand up for the First Amendment.

Vashti McCollum was such a person, lending her name to a famous 1948 case McCollum v. Board of Education. This important ruling struck down sectarian religious instruction programs operating inside public schools. It paved the way […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life

A  poll released last week by The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows Americans have mixed feelings about religion in public life.

Pew asked 2,000 adults for their opinions on religious influences on American government and culture and politics in the pulpit, among other topics.

The poll showed that 63 percent of Americans believe citizens, not […] Read More

Christian Coalition, Religious Right Research

Don’t look for a turnaround of the Christian Coalition’s sagging fortunes any time soon. If anything, the picture is only looking bleaker for the once-powerful Religious Right organization.

In the latest development, Alabama Christian Coalition leader John Giles has announced that his chapter is jumping ship. Giles said his group will rename itself and end all connection with the CC’s […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious School Vouchers

A public opinion poll recently released by the Phi Delta Kappa International (PDKI) and Gallup Poll organizations shows strong support for America’s public schools. When asked to rate their local public schools on a scale of “A” to “F,” 49 percent of American adults assigned an “A” or “B” grade. Sixty-four percent of public high school parents, who arguably […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

Televangelist Jerry Falwell’s law school aspires to produce lawyers committed to wrecking the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.

The Lynchburg pastor, who has waged a decades-long battle to merge fundamentalist Christianity and government, told The Roanoke Times that America has a woefully short supply of Religious Right policy makers and that his Liberty University School of Law will […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Schools

Teaching about the Bible in public schools is legal – if it’s done in a way that promotes legitimate educational goals, not religious indoctrination.

The issue has arisen recently in Georgia, where a new law mandates the creation of two optional public school courses: History and Literature of the Old Testament and History and Literature of the New Testament.

Where […] Read More

Inside AU

Americans United and the cause of church-state separation lost a good friend this week.

On Aug. 14, Robert S. Alley died in Richmond, Va. Alley, a humanities professor emeritus at the University of Richmond, was a lifelong advocate of religious liberty and a staunch supporter of Americans United.

Alley, 74, began his career of commitment to church-state separation at […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Religious School Vouchers

The founder of the Minnesota Christian Coalition is apparently not fond of all the teachings of Jesus.

Robert B. Beale, who has been fighting tax officials for many years now, does not seem to care for Jesus’ exhortation to, "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s."

A federal trial […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

Quick! What are the three branches of American government?  Can you name at least two U.S. Supreme Court justices? How about the justice who replaced Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in January 2006?

Now how about the Three Stooges or Snow White’s seven dwarfs?

You’re not alone if you can’t answer the first three questions. A poll released […] Read More