Archive for July, 2008

Religious Right Research

I admit to having a weakness for McDonald’s french fries. There’s just something about those thin slivers of golden-fried potatoes, seasoned with just the right amount of salt. I know too much of them isn’t good for me but figure it’s OK to indulge every now and then.

McDonald’s fries might not help my cholesterol count, but eating them does […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Apparently, a cross, which is the preeminent symbol of Christianity, is now also a symbol of American patriotism.

At least according to a federal judge in California, who ruled yesterday that the Latin cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego is not considered a religious symbol and can be mounted on federal government land.

For decades, this cross […] Read More

James Dobson, Religious Right Research

The Religious Right is once again flexing its political muscle.

It’s odd. Some media analysts say this movement is dead or dying – but the leadership of the Religious Right apparently hasn’t gotten the word yet.

Consider a story in today’s Washington Times. (Say what you will about that newspaper founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, but it does […] Read More

On the Hill

Graduating from a good law school with strong grades and other top credentials hasn’t meant much to the hiring officials at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Rather, being “pro-God” and “pro-marriage” has been a better way to snag a position with the federal government, according to a report out today that investigated the DOJ’s hiring practices.

The New […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

Does it take an atheist to teach Baptists about their own heritage?

Apparently so.

Atheist activist Rob Sherman has filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court seeking to block a $1 million government grant to Pilgrim Baptist Church. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Gov. Rod Blagojevich promised the money to the Chicago congregation after a fire damaged the […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

Thanks to a federal appeals court decision yesterday, taxpayers funds in Colorado may soon subsidize colleges that preach during class time, expect attendance at religious services and require students to sign agreements promising to emulate “the example of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible.”

Prior to this decision, students who attended these “pervasively sectarian” religious colleges […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The Texas State Board of Education has “thrown school districts under the bus,” according to the Texas Freedom Network (TFN).

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the Texas legislature passed a law last year promoting Bible classes in the public schools, now the State Board of Education, in a 10-5 vote, approved curriculum guidelines that barely provide […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Is the Religious Right a spent force in American politics?

Ask U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

According to The Washington Times, “Evangelical Christians in Iowa, dominant in the state’s Republican Party, have denied…Grassley his request for a place on the state’s delegation to this summer’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.”

Times political writer Ralph Hallow reported yesterday […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

Today’s Washington Post editorial, “Faith-Based Obama,” focuses on Barack Obama’s faith-based initiative speech from weeks ago and comes to much the same conclusion that Americans United has supported from the start.  

The Post claims Obama’s faith-based program, which doesn’t allow discrimination in hiring, is a “sensible balance” between “strict separation of church and state […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property

The official Kentucky state motto is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” But that’s not the slogan that Gov. Steve Beshear is proposing for a new alternative license plate.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Beshear will push for legislation next year authorizing a special “In God We Trust” plate for vehicles in the Commonwealth.

“‘In God We Trust’ is […] Read More