Archive for October, 2007

On the Hill

The New York Times reported last May that religious groups’ ability to secure federal funds for land, buildings and social services was increasing dramatically. The Times noted that “some religious organizations are also hiring professional lobbyists to pursue the narrowly tailored individual appropriations known as earmarks.”

According to the newspaper’s analysis of federal records, “the number of earmarks […] Read More

James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

It’s almost Halloween, and I like nothing better than to curl up with a classic monster movie. Just when you think the angry villagers have finally killed Frankenstein’s monster, shot the wolfman with silver bullets or staked Count Dracula, up they spring again for another sequel.

It’s part of the fun. These monsters are so iconic they can never really […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

There are all kinds of places where Akron City Council members can pray before their public meetings. Houses of worship, for example, are plentiful. Or city lawmakers could pray in their homes or other venues before getting down to council business.

But unfortunately too many officeholders schedule invocations at governmental meetings, thus sending a message to the public of governmental […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Schools

Should a church be allowed to operate a public charter school?

That’s the question a small New York legal group asked a federal district court to consider earlier this week. The Gotham Legal Foundation filed suit on behalf of New Horizon Church Ministry and the Rev. Michael Faulkner, who wants to open a publicly funded charter school under […] Read More

James Dobson

Focus on the Family Chairman James C. Dobson is renowned for his animosity toward gays. He relentlessly opposes gay marriage, civil unions, job bias protections, hate crimes legislation and so on. Dobson once accused SpongeBob SquarePants of being a dupe for gay rights. He believes the Girl Scouts are a godless lesbian front. When he was in school, Dobson even […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Government officials issue proclamations as the political winds demand. Although the proclamations carry no weight of law, they do bear the imprimatur of the government entity that issues them. Most are harmless gestures of goodwill that go largely unnoticed.

But then inevitably there are proclamations that catch the public’s attention and spark a little media glare. Religious proclamations can often […] Read More

Church Politicking, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Yesterday my colleague Jeremy Leaming wrote about spending his birthday at the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” this past weekend. I was there too, and while it wasn’t my birthday, Saturday was a spectacular fall day in Washington, D.C., and I’d much rather have been out bike riding with my son.

But it’s necessary that someone keep tabs on the […] Read More

Religious Right Research

By the time the last speaker at a Religious Right gathering of so-called “values voters” wrapped up with a discussion on how to organize a political precinct, a headache that had been creeping up on me for hours seemed to have reached an excruciating crescendo. I couldn’t find my painkillers – or the exit doors – fast enough.

For two […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Today and tomorrow, the top guns of the Religious Right are meeting in Washington, D.C., to screen the Republican presidential candidates.

The so-called “Values Voter Summit” is sponsored by Family Research Council Action, the action arm of the Family Research Council (FRC), along with Focus on the Family Action, the Alliance Defense Fund, American Family Association Action and Gary Bauer’s […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious Right Research

Oral Roberts claims the university he founded in the 1960s because God ordered him to do so is still functioning “for the glory of God.”

The colorful televangelist’s defense of the Tulsa, Okla.-based Oral Roberts University (ORU) was prompted because of a slew of alleged wrong-doings leveled against his son, Richard, who is the university’s president. In early October, three […] Read More