Archive for January, 2008

Religious School Vouchers

We wrote on Tuesday about President George W. Bush’s renewed attention to school vouchers. In his State of the Union, Bush proposed $300 million in “Pell Grants for Kids” and said he’d organize a White House summit to save “faith-based” schools.

Bush’s wife Laura and younger brother Jeb have also enlisted in the offensive.

First Lady […] Read More

Freedom of Religion

Separation of church and state comes in for a lot of abuse these days. Religious Right leaders call it a myth and insist that government must be based on religion. One particularly loathsome essay floating around the internet these days is titled – I’m not kidding – “Separation of church and state: Straight from the mind of Hitler.” […] Read More

On the Hill, Religious School Vouchers

He just will not stop. Last night in his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush continued his war on church-state separation and America‘s public school system.

In a 53-minute address that may well be this administration’s swan song, Bush demanded, among other things, that Congress make his “faith-based” initiative permanent and also fund a […] Read More

Church Politicking

Too frequently the 2008 presidential hopefuls, regardless of their party persuasion, appear too eager to commandeer a pulpit on any given Sunday to shill for votes.

Indeed, the Religion Clause blog reports that candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee all made speeches at Sunday services yesterday in states with approaching primaries.

And too often these visits […] Read More

Church Politicking, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

To employ a turn-of-phrase we use in the South, Jonathan Falwell “sure takes after his daddy, doesn’t he?” Jonathan may not look much like Jerry, but he sure acts like him.

In his “Falwell Confidential” last week, the Lynchburg televangelist urged pastors to plunge neck-deep into partisan politics. He quoted Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the […] Read More

Church Politicking, Freedom of Religion, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Sr, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

When most Americans think about religious freedom, the First Amendment springs to mind – and rightly so. After all, religious liberty and church-state separation are embedded in those 16 eloquent words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”

But another important provision in our Constitution ensures religious freedom and shouldn’t be […] Read More

Freedom of Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday closed the courthouse doors to certain cases brought by federal prisoners. In a case involving a Muslim inmate, a narrow majority of the justices said prisoners cannot sue prison officials when their personal affects are handled negligently.

The U.S. government typically enjoys sovereign immunity from civil suits. However, a section of […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Roy Moore, Alabama’s infamous “Ten Commandments judge,” has a penchant for misconstruing church-state law, and now he’s giving bad advice to school officials in Tuscaloosa.

In 2001, when he was serving as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore placed a massive Commandments monument inside the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. Americans United for Separation of Church and […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research, This Day in History

Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. As such, it’s a good time to respond to offensive Religious Right’s efforts to draft King as an ally in their crusade to promote pulpit-based partisan politicking on behalf of candidates seeking public office.

King certainly organized people to vote in churches and used the pulpit to denounce […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious Right Research

A shadowy collection of Religious Right fat cats appears to be working behind the scenes to encourage churches to promote the presidential candidacy of Mike Huckabee.

For months, Americans United has been receiving reports about state-based groups with names that include words like “renewal” and “restoration.” The idea seems to be to bring together fundamentalist pastors for closed-door meetings that, […] Read More