Archive for May, 2007

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

We commented last December on a Pagan group in Albemarle County, Va., that took advantage of a Religious Right-sponsored move to open a public school’s “backpack mail” system to religious promotions.

The backlash was swift and harsh when parents received flyers announcing a Pagan holiday celebration at the local Unitarian Universalist congregation. One mother was livid that the school would […] Read More

Christian Coalition, Religious Right Research

The implosion of the Alabama chapter of the Christian Coalition last year has sparked some interesting fallout. The two sides are now in court battling over assets and flinging inflammatory charges at one another.

In August of 2006, “The Wall of Separation” reported that John Giles, head of the Alabama Christian Coalition, decided the national group was losing relevance […] Read More

Religious Right Research

It’s good to know that TV preacher Pat Robertson isn’t the only one who gets messages from God these days. The Almighty has also been talking to Tom DeLay, the former majority leader  of the House of Representatives.

God is apparently worried about the rough patch the Republican Party is going through, and he’s tapped DeLay to fix it up. […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

On the heels of an Americans United complaint, the U.S. Air Force and Army are distancing themselves from an evangelical Christian event to be held this Memorial Day weekend.

Promotional material about the three-day “Salute to the Troops” celebration strongly implied that it was co-sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and Army alongside several evangelical groups: Task Force Patriot […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

Scholars of religion and politics gathered earlier this week to discuss how the United States and Western European nations handle the relationship between faith traditions and government.

The scholars said there are three distinct church-state models applied in the United States and Western Europe. Briefly, the United States employs a model that allows limited cooperation between religious organizations and […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

The Rev. Jerry Falwell’s funeral was yesterday and, predictably, President George W. Bush sent a representative. Tim Goeglein, White House liaison to religious groups, stepped into the pulpit of Thomas Road Baptist Church and praised Falwell as a visionary.

As the Associated Press reported, “The White House sent Tim Goeglein, its liaison to religious groups. He called Falwell a […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Remember the Promise Keepers? The evangelical Christian men’s organization was all the rage among the Religious Right in the mid to late 1990s. Headed by Bill McCartney, a former University of Colorado football coach, Promise Keepers vowed to usher in a new wave of fundamentalist Christian evangelism that would sweep the nation.

At massive rallies held in sports stadiums, tens […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich continued his relatively recent conversion to spewing Religious Right rhetoric with a speech about secularism run amok over the weekend at Liberty University.

Before his death last week, TV preacher Jerry Falwell had invited Gingrich to give this year’s commencement address. As media outlets noted, Gingrich gave abundant praise to Falwell and claimed his […] Read More

Religious Right Research

The Washington Times, an ultra-conservative daily newspaper owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, celebrated its 25th anniversary last night – and former President George H.W. Bush was there to wish everyone well.

Bush’s relationship with the Moons goes back several years. In 1997, investigative journalist Robert Parry reported that since Bush left office in 1992, he and his wife […] Read More

Defending The Courts, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

In a recent speech to the Council for National Policy (CNP), former U.S. senator and presidential possibility Fred Thompson showed a remarkable misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s church-state rulings.

Thompson chided the federal courts for overreaching their bounds and for distorting the intent of the Constitution.

“Our founders,” Thompson said, “established an independent federal judiciary to decide cases, not […] Read More