Archive for March, 2007

Church Politicking, James Dobson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Yesterday’s “Wall of Separation” noted that James Dobson of Focus on the Family had questioned the religious commitment of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson. Dobson charged that Thompson, a Tennessee Republican who is thinking of running for president, isn’t really a Christian – even though Thompson belongs to the ultra-conservative Church of Christ.

“Everyone knows [Thompson's] conservative and has come […] Read More

James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Religious Right leaders often try to maintain a façade of tolerance. They don’t want to take over the government and force everyone to comply with their religious beliefs, they say; they just want a place at the table. They aren’t bigoted toward non-Christians, gays and uppity women who insist on personal freedom; they just happen to love the sinner but […] Read More

On the Hill, Religion in Public Life

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members offered a simple message to the American people today: “Pray, or God will lift his caring hand from the great nation.”

Over three dozen representatives joined U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol today to urge Americans to pray for the U.S. and its leaders for […] Read More

Religious Right Research

It’s an adage that not everything is as it seems. And it has been pointed out before that “illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

Look at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ); it’s a fine example of an entity aping a nonprofit group dedicated to religious freedom. The organization was founded years ago by televangelist Pat Robertson, […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Religious Right Research

A Washington state pastor known for his strident anti-gay rhetoric is claiming he was appointed a “Special Envoy for Adoptions, Family Values, Religious Freedom, and Medical Relief” by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives – an assertion the White House now denies.

A blog sponsored by the Seattle alternative paper The Stranger says that Pastor Ken Hutcherson […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

With the film “300″ riding a wave of popularity, ancient warfare is now all the rage. But the Battle of Thermopylae is not the only historical conflict that we ought to know about.

In 279 BC, King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Asculum. Pyrrhus’ victory was bittersweet, however, because of the devastating loss of so many men. Having […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Some vehement Religious Right operatives would like to see the nation’s public buildings, spaces, areas, squares and forums festooned with Christianity’s symbols and mottos.

It is not enough for them that the nation’s motto and currency proclaim, “In God We Trust.” Or that, all throughout the country, every morning, children in private and public schools recite the Pledge of Allegiance, […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

After only eight days on the job, an Oregon high school biology teacher has been fired for promoting religion as part of the curriculum.

The Sisters School District Board hired Kris Helphinstine to teach evolutionary biology, but he quickly departed from the accepted curriculum. In a supposed attempt to “give accurate information” and get kids thinking, Helphinstine distributed an essay […] Read More

Church Politicking, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

TV preacher Pat Robertson is worried about a Muslim takeover of the United States.

Such a thing would seem remote, at best. While hard numbers are difficult to come by, most demographers say there are about 3 million Muslims in America. In a country of 300 million, they haven’t made a huge dent.

But last year, the first Muslim was […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Religion in Public Life

Localities nationwide offer people all kinds of places to pray, such as public parks, sidewalks and, of course, plenty of houses of worship.

So why do so many local governmental officials feel compelled to use their public meetings for prayer? Often these prayer setups are simply used to suck up to constituents; in other cases, it’s a matter of officials […] Read More