Archive for September, 2007

American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow, Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

Over the years, TV preacher Pat Robertson has said some pretty mean things about the wall of separation between church and state.

During a 2002 meeting of the Christian Coalition, for example, Robertson told the crowd, “We have had a distortion imposed on us over the past few years by left-wingers who have fastened themselves into the court system. And […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Resources

I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh’s radio program; I have more useful things to do, like sort my sock drawer. But I stumbled on a recent screed of his about church-state separation that was breath-taking in its ignorance of American history.

Responding to a caller on Sept. 20, Limbaugh launched into a tirade about liberals, religion, the […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

The Bush administration’s hostility towards church-state separation and indifference to religious diversity was on full display at a recent White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Conference on Hispanic Youth in Washington, D.C.

Religion saturated the agenda at the Sept. 24 event: Two invocations were given by Christian clergy, one before a videotaped welcome by President George […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

One of the most foolish arguments the Religious Right uses against church-state separation is that the concept is communistic.

Political and religious leaders like Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Roger Williams, John Leland and others pioneered church-state separation in colonial America long before anyone knew what a communist was. Yet over the years, advocates of church-state separation had to fend off […] Read More

Religious Right Research

The nation’s Religious Right leaders may still be hunting for an appropriately far-right candidate to get behind in the 2008 presidential election, but until that special someone is found they’ll continue to rely on bashing gays to motivate their supporters to the polls.

In what may be a prelude to other attempts nationwide, a campaign is under way for a […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religious Right Research

It looks like some officials in the military just can’t grasp that fact that freedom of belief means all beliefs – even those they personally dislike.

Earlier this week, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a federal lawsuit charging that Army officials violated the rights of a soldier serving in Iraq who attempted to convene a meeting of atheists […] Read More

Church Politicking, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson has made it clear once again that he does not think much of the presidential candidacy of former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

Earlier this year, Dobson questioned Thompson’s Christian bona fides, saying, “I don’t think he’s a Christian; at least that’s my impression.” (Thompson is a member of the Church of Christ.) […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Education officials in Red Wing, Minn., have put on hold a plan to have a local American Indian leader offer blessings at four public schools.

The Red Wing Republican Eagle reports that several parents complained that the blessings, to be performed by Winfred Red Cloud of the Prairie Island Indian Community, would violate the separation of […] Read More

Religious Right Research

James Carroll, author of the best-selling book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, has strong opinions about the dangers Christian fundamentalism presents not just to the United States but to the world.

Carroll, in a recent interview with Tom Engelhardt of the Nation Institute, talked about his experiences working on a documentary version of the book. Part of […] Read More

This Day in History

Today is the 220th birthday of the United States Constitution.  On a day when people across the country will (hopefully) pause to reflect on our nation’s governing charter, we’d like to draw your attention to an often-overlooked clause in the penultimate article.

Article VI, Clause 3 says that all public servants will be bound by “oath […] Read More