Archive for August, 2007

Faith-Based Initiatives

The “faith-based” initiative is a constitutional nightmare because it uses tax funds to support social programs loaded with sectarian dogma. But an interesting side question has always lurked on the fringes of the debate: Does the approach even work?

From the beginning, proponents of the faith-based approach have repeated over and over again that religious groups provide social services more […] Read More

Religion in Public Life

“Connecticut voters want God off the campaign trail, out of the voting booth and away from the halls of government,” concludes a recent poll sponsored by the Hartford Courant.

The poll, which surveyed 488 adults earlier this month, revealed some fascinating statistics about voters in the Nutmeg State.

It found that 68 percent of respondents […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The Texas legislature has given educators a new “legal minefield” to navigate, says Texas Freedom Network (TFN) President Kathy Miller.

Gov. Rick Perry signed into law the Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act earlier this month; it goes into effect on Friday. The measure directs local school boards to adopt policies concerning students’ religious speech in assignments, in extracurricular […] Read More

Religious Right Research

On Sunday, officials at TV preacher D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale announced that the ailing evangelist won’t be returning to the pulpit.

It shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Kennedy has been in poor health since he suffered an incident of cardiac arrest late last year. Since then, the various arms of his ministry have been […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Regardless of any adage, truth does not always prevail — especially when “Truth” is a student Christian club intent on discriminating against others on public school grounds in Kent, Wash.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently against a Christian student club involved in a lengthy legal spat to force Kentridge High School to recognize it and […] Read More

Church Politicking

Are Southern Baptist leaders ratcheting up their political operation?

It sure looks like it. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, and its fundamentalist leadership is struggling to gain greater political clout.

According to a feature story in The Christian Index, Georgia’s state Baptist newspaper, the SBC mans a lobbying outpost in Washington, D.C., just four […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

When Religious Right characters carp about the need for more religion in the nation’s public square, make no mistake that what they actually mean is that the square should belong exclusively to them.

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who gained notoriety for unsuccessfully defending a courthouse Commandments display, is supporting three protesters of a Hindu-led prayer given earlier this […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy reports that Indiana has nixed a “novel chaplaincy program” that supplied religious leaders to counsel employees of the state’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).

FSSA spokesman Marcus Barlow said the state agency discontinued the pilot program, which cost taxpayers $100,000, because it failed to install chaplains in each of […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Utah residents will vote this November on whether to keep a private-school voucher law passed by the legislature earlier this year.

How are voucher advocates reacting? They’re out there making reasoned arguments and trying to win people over with persuasion, right? Nope. They have commissioned a telephone “push poll” designed to link opposition to vouchers with advocacy of same-sex marriage. […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Tonight CNN starts delving into the volatile mix of religion and politics.

At 9 p.m. EDT, “Larry King Live” will preview a three-part series called “God’s Warriors,” which is scheduled to start tomorrow evening on CNN. The series’ chief reporter, Christiane Amanpour, and a panel of guests, including Americans United’s Barry W. Lynn, will join Larry to discuss […] Read More