Archive for August, 2008

Church Politicking, Election '08, Religious Right Research

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have launched a new campaign called the 40/40 Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. On the surface, it sounds pretty harmless: register people to vote, pray and work to get people to the polls.

But this is the fundamentalist-dominated SBC we’re dealing with here, so things are not what they seem. […] Read More

Election '08, Religious Right Research

Denver’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says he is “tired of people telling religious folks to be quiet in the public square because of constitutional questions of separation of church and state.”

And it looks as though the Democratic Party might be tired of hearing from Chaput. Despite being the leader of Colorado’s largest religious denomination, Chaput will not […] Read More

Election '08, Religious Right Research

He’s baaaaack! Like Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies, you just can’t get rid of Randall Terry.

According to news accounts, Terry and 12 others were arrested yesterday outside the Democratic Convention in Denver. His press release in advance of the event said he and other “Catholic and Evangelical Christians will peacefully ‘break the law’ […] Read More

Election '08, James Dobson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

The Democratic National Convention kicked off yesterday, and I couldn’t help but notice the opening invocation. Polly Baca, a former Colorado state senator, led off with a prayer that mentioned Jesus Christ and ended with her crossing herself “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

That’s how Roman Catholics pray. Others do things differently – […] Read More

Religious Discrimination

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal opened the door for state agencies and state contractors to engage in “faith-based” discrimination in hiring.

Jindal’s predecessor, former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, issued an executive order that banned discrimination in all the areas covered by anti-discrimination laws, including race, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation and disabilities. Her order added “sexual orientation” as a […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion in Public Life

More and more Americans are expressing discomfort with the idea of mixing religion and politics. A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds 52 percent agreeing that houses of worship should keep out of politics, an eight point increase since 2004.

“This marks the first time since the Pew Research Center began asking the […] Read More

Church Politicking

I can’t say I agree with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops all that often. The hierarchy’s stands for tax aid to religious schools and against reproductive rights, civil rights for gay people, stem-cell research and other issues are often wrong from my perspective.

That’s why I was surprised to see a recent Religion News Service essay on religion and […] Read More

Election '08, Religious Right Research

Right-wing Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity got all cranky on the air the other night about Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn’s complaints regarding the recent presidential forum at Saddleback Church.

“Who cares what Barry Lynn says?” he blustered, after cohost Alan Colmes, in an exchange with Pastor Rick Warren, cited Lynn’s take.

Since Hannity is unable to […] Read More

Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

When we last caught up with Ralph Reed, former Christian Coalition director and disgraced lobbyist, he was flogging his first novel, a political thriller called Dark Horse.

The book is not exactly a runaway best-seller. Publisher’s Weekly ran a small (and not terribly positive) blurb and the Buffalo News seemed to like it, but I have not been able […] Read More

Election '08

I headed up to New York City this weekend to visit with some friends from college, but before I arrived, I made sure to let them know that on Saturday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., I had to watch the interviews the Rev. Rick Warren was holding with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at his evangelical mega-church. […] Read More