Archive for September, 2006

Church Politicking

A U.S. senator beholden to the Religious Right is working to interject more religion into politics by 2008.

Sen. James Inhofe loudly proclaimed his allegiance to the Religious Right agenda at the so-called “Values Voter Summit” last weekend. Inhofe spent most of his remarks on a bizarre rant against global warming, but also dropped this tidbit: He would soon introduce […] Read More

Church Politicking, Freedom of Religion

The biannual firestorm over the proper relationship between religion and politics is in full swing once again. Politicians, pundits, clergy and lay people running the ideological gamut have all contributed their two cents to the debate. Lost in the war of words, however, has been a clear message about what role religion legally can and cannot play in politics.  […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Nearly 2,000 Religious Right political activists gathered over the weekend in Washington, D.C., to rally in advance of the November elections and hear incendiary speeches from top religious and political leaders of the far right.

The conference, dubbed “The Washington Briefing: 2006 Values Voter Summit,” was replete with attacks on church-state separation, the “secular left,” gays, those concerned about global […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life

This weekend, an estimated 1,500 people will descend on the nation’s capital to attend the “2006 Values Voter Summit.” The three-day event, co-hosted by the political affiliates of Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and two other Religious Right groups, will feature Republican speakers such as U.S. Senator George Allen (R-Va.), U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.), Ann Coulter […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Schools

Many advocates of church-state separation have no problem with “teaching about” religion in public schools. Objective courses focusing on religion’s role in history, for example, should present no problem. The goals of these classes must be to educate, not indoctrinate.

But such courses must never become a cover for sectarian instruction. Unfortunately, it looks like that’s exactly what is happening […] Read More

Church Politicking

The Internal Revenue Service is right to be concerned about the pressure being applied to houses of worship nationwide to join this year’s political fray. But that concern should not be one-sided.

An unusual situation has unfolded in Pasadena, Calif., where the IRS seems obsessed over a sermon given at All Saints Episcopal Church days before the 2004 presidential election. […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

A new report released by the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion has revealed some intriguing details about religion and politics in the United States. The study, titled "American Piety in the 21st Century," is considered to be most comprehensive and insightful undertakings in the field to date.

The survey of over 1,700 adults went beyond previous […] Read More

Church Politicking

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is melding religion and politics in an effort to propel his re-election bid.

According to the Associated Press and the Lawrence Journal-World, Kline is scrambling to fend off a challenge from Democrat Paul Morrison, and in doing so, has turned to pressuring evangelical churches into helping his campaign effort.

Kline, an opponent […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, believes religious freedom is on the wane in the United States.

“I think right now we’re in the beginning stages of the erosion of freedom of religion in the United States,” Haggard told more than 200 religion reporters gathered in Salt Lake City for a conference last week. “The challenges […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

TV preacher Pat Robertson’s cable network, like real television news broadcasts, is awash in remembrances of the tragedies five years ago today, when terror attacks on American soil killed close to 3,000 people.

Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network’s Web site prominently displays a “special interactive feature,” dubbed “Remembering 9/11.” A plug for that section declares that “the nation changed […] Read More