Archive for October, 2006

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Halloween is a time to have a little good-natured fun by hanging out with vampires, werewolves, ghouls and other denizens of the netherworld.

It’s fun to edge near the “dark side” on Oct. 31 because deep down we know it’s really safe. Most people believe those creatures don’t exist, after all. In real life, however, many truly scary things do […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

The Religious Right’s “Christian nation” brigades are on the march again.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, Pat Robertson and other evangelical leaders in Virginia are planning a big prayer service next spring to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown colony. Noting that English settlers raised a cross at Cape Henry when they landed in 1607, Robertson and Company […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

A massive public opinion survey released earlier this fall by Baylor University continues to shed light on how religion shapes Americans’ political views.

The Baylor Religion Survey, which was lauded as the most comprehensive and insightful undertakings in the field to date, revealed fascinating details about theology’s influence on American politics. (I summarized the findings in a Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Yesterday Rob Boston wrote about Newt Gingrich’s return to the political stage. On Oct. 24, Gingrich appeared on TV preacher Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” touting his new book Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation’s History and Future.

Boston noted that the book “takes readers on a so-called ‘religious tour’ of Washington, […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the book store again, along comes word that Newt Gingrich has written a new volume on the place of God in the nation’s capital.

Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation’s History and Future was published Oct. 10. In this tome, Gingrich takes readers […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

The nation’s public schools are frequently and unfairly tagged by an array of Religious Right entities as being hostile forums for religious discussion.

To counter this alleged plight, a host of Religious Right organizations spend years and lots of money creating methods to proselytize the nation’s public school students. Pressuring or hoodwinking public school boards into adopting constitutionally suspect […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious Right Research

It’s no secret that Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney plans to run for president in 2008. What’s not as widely known is his behind-the-scenes mobilization of officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) to boost his candidacy.

The Boston Globe reported this week that Romney has implemented a fund-raising initiative that his advisers call “Mutual Values and […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Symbols on Public Property

A public school in Marin County, Calif., has dropped plans to institute a program of Transcendental Meditation (TM). It was the right move, as the scheme was almost certainly unconstitutional.

The ruckus at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael started when parents got wind of a $175,000 grant that a foundation run by filmmaker David Lynch offered the […] Read More

Church Politicking

In early August, incumbent candidate for Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline sent a memo to his staff tersely dictating how the rest of his campaign was to play out. The memo, which offered a rare look into how political candidates use — and sometimes abuse — religious voters, was leaked anonymously to Kansas newspapers last month. 

Kline told staffers […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

Leaders of Religious Right organizations are responding predictably to allegations by former White House “faith-based” office staffer David Kuo that the Bush administration takes conservative Christian voters for granted: They are rallying around Bush and attacking Kuo.

In his new book, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction, Kuo writes about how the White House used the faith-based initiative […] Read More

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