Archive for November, 2006

Religious Right Research

Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore has some advice for the Republican Party. In a recent op-ed published by The Washington Times, Moore tells the GOP that its candidates lost in the November elections because they were insufficiently right-wing.

“While some place blame on President Bush’s policy of ‘staying the course’ in the war in Iraq,” wrote Moore, “the […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Last Wednesday evening, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to offer the evangelical take on many current events. King and Dobson discussed everything from O.J. Simpson’s now-defunct book and movie deal to Dobson’s unwillingness to sit on a three-man “spiritual restoration panel” for fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard.

The conversation got testy […] Read More

Religious Right Research

After less than two months on the job, the Christian Coalition’s new president has been sent packing.

In early October, Christian Coalition Chairman Roberta Combs announced the appointment of Dr. Joel C. Hunter, pastor of Northland Church, an interdenominational congregation near Orlando, to the volunteer position.

It became immediately apparent that this was not a match made in heaven. Hunter […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

A Religious Right law group has once again announced its Friend or Foe Campaign to “save” Christmas from “secular Scrooges.”

More than 900 lawyers aligned with the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) have pledged to go after the “organized plot to remove all religious meaning from the holiday,” The Arizona Republic reports in a recent article.

The problem […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality

Two major newspapers published op-eds on same-sex marriage this week. That’s not an uncommon topic, but both invoked a relevant, yet often overlooked, argument: banning same-sex marriage crosses the church-state line.

In Monday’s USA Today, Baptist minister Oliver “Buzz” Thomas compares modern Christians’ disdain for homosexuality and gay rights to the Catholic Church’s persecution of Galileo in the seventeenth […] Read More

Religious Right Research, Worldview Weekend

It is rather remarkable to read the open displays of bigotry that proliferate on Religious Right Web sites.

Far-right religious zealots write the most outrageous things and offer up opinions that can only be described as intolerant, mean-spirited and ignorant – with absolutely no shame.

Here’s a case in point: Jan Markell, writing on the Web site of Worldview […] Read More

Religious Right Research

The Religious Right’s obsession over same-sex marriage is no longer limited to the United States.

In the generally more liberal nation of Canada, Religious Right groups and individuals are using same-sex marriage as a means to raise money and create a religio-political movement similar to the one that cropped up in America in the early 1980s.

According to a Read More

Religion in Public Life

Washington has been abuzz lately with the revelation that some “values voters” broke from the Republican Party and voted Democratic on Nov. 7. The numbers were not huge, but the trend was perhaps big enough to tip the scales in several tight races.

Pundits from across the ideological spectrum have opined on why the GOP lost a slice of its […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

David Paszkiewicz is a youth pastor at Kearny (N.J.) Baptist Church. He is also a history teacher at Kearny High School. Sometimes, it seems, he gets the two roles mixed up.

Matthew LaClair, a student in Paszkiewicz’s public school classs, recorded his teacher offering his class an array of religious opinions.

Those who don’t accept Jesus “belong in Hell,” Paszkiewicz […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

A federal appeals court recently sent a strong message that city officials should tread carefully when giving aid to religious organizations.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the City of Boise, Idaho violated the First Amendment principle of church-state separation when it gave one religious group an exclusive license to conduct religious […] Read More