Archive for November, 2007

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

I’ve worked at Americans United for 20 years, and in that time, I’ve read about — and even witnessed — a lot of dumb things happening because of pressure from the Religious Right. I thought I’d seen it all, but every now and then something occurs that takes my breath away.

Something like that just happened in Texas. The […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism

The Family Research Council (FRC) yesterday hosted a sneak-peak of Ben Stein’s new documentary, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

At this event, former George Mason University professor Caroline Crocker told of the “persecution” that “Darwin doubters” allegedly face in academia. Professors are being fired and students punished for questioning the theory of evolution, she said. […] Read More

Church Politicking

Oral Roberts University (ORU), which has a stated mission that includes a “commitment to the Christian faith,” continues to garner national attention for allegations of improper politicking and a slew of other misdeeds that are befitting of a daytime soap drama.

The mounting allegations swirling around the university have apparently become too hot for Richard Roberts; he resigned the presidency […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, James Dobson, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

The state of Florida, in an admirable attempt to lurch into the 21st century, is considering adopting new science standards that actually mention the word “evolution.”

Current standards talk about “biological changes over time.” The new standards, if adopted in January, will promote evolution as one of several key ideas in science that students need to learn.

Naturally the Religious […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

The U.S. Supreme Court today handed religious freedom a subtle but significant victory. In declining to hear Teen Ranch v. Udow, the Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision solidly supportive of church-state separation.  

The state of Michigan had contracted with Teen Ranch, Inc., to provide residential treatment for neglected, abused, delinquent and emotionally troubled […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Marriage & Sexuality

People often ask if the Religious Right is really affecting public policy in America. The rise of “faith-based” initiatives, efforts to stymie stem-cell research, the appointment of federal judges hostile to church-state separation and various efforts to replace the teaching of evolution with forms of creationism in public schools provide a clear answer: Yes.

But there’s another area of public […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religion in Public Life, This Day in History

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

If so, what religious tradition will the prayer come from? Will it be a blessing from the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu faiths? Will it be Catholic, Mormon or one of the infinite varieties of Protestant denominations?

Maybe you won’t offer a prayer at all, instead […] Read More

Church Politicking, Pat Robertson

A new poll shows, once again, that most Americans don’t like politics in the pulpit.

Sixty-two percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed said political candidates shouldn’t campaign at religious services. People “don’t want to see a sermon or something presented as a sermon by a presidential candidate,” says Scott Rasmussen, whose research group Rasmussen Reports, co-sponsored the […] Read More

Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Has TV preacher Pat Robertson joined the “War on Christmas”?

Probably not. But last week, Robertson had the temerity to point out that Christmas trees really aren’t very Christian and recommended that not a lot of time be spent defending them. Speaking on his “700 Club” show Nov. 15, Robertson pointed out that Christmas trees “come from Teutonic Paganism” and […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Most public figures don’t like being tagged as radical or situated on the fringes of the nation’s political landscape. The same stands mostly true for plenty of the nation’s Religious Right honchos.

When they are accused of keeping company with far out – I mean, really far out — theocratic thinkers, they shout bloody murder. They whine and bellyache over […] Read More

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