Archive for November, 2008

Inside AU, Resources

The holidays are coming up fast, and it’s time to think about the special people on your list (or what you might like to put on your own).

With that thought in mind, here are some items related to religious liberty and church-state that you might like to give (or receive) as gifts.

Looking for a good book that debunks […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, This Day in History

Note: This post is a re-publication of one that originally appeared on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Enjoy the holiday!

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 […] Read More

James Dobson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

The day after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday,” the traditional start of the December holiday shopping season.

Nervous retailers are watching the bottom line, fretful that the economic downturn will reduce the throngs that usually swamp malls and big box stores on this day.

But Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has a different worry: Dobson and his band […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Schools

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a story that reminds me why I am thankful to work for Americans United and the cause of church-state separation.

Last Sunday, Dr. Bruce Prescott of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists interviewed Joann Bell on his radio show.

Dr. Prescott, a member of the Americans United Board […] Read More

Election '08, Religious Right Research

Here they go again.

It seems that Religious Right activists are up to their usual dubious tactics — this time recruiting Georgia churches to try to secure a victory for U.S. Senate Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss in his Dec. 2 run-off.

After the Nov. 4 election, neither Chambliss nor Democrat Jim Martin received the 50-percent-plus-one-vote needed to win. If Martin […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Right Research

What is it with Religious Right zealots and holidays?

In recent weeks, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and other Religious Right zealots have ginned up their annual assault on “Happy Holidays.” In a shameless bid to raise money and add a dollop of bitterness to the Christmas season, these folks are DEMANDING that merchants use the […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

At yesterday’s Texas State Board of Education meeting, Barney the Dinosaur asked board chairman Don McLeroy, “How old am I? 4,000 or 64,000,000?” (See Barney here.)

Someone dressed as PBS’s big purple pal was there in Austin with dozens of scientists, students, teachers, clergy and other citizens to give testimony in support of sound science standards for Texas public […] Read More

James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Next week, Americans will kick off the holiday season, but sadly, several employees at James Dobson’s Focus on the Family (FOF) probably have lost that festive spirit.

On Dobson’s radio broadcast yesterday, he shared that Colorado-based FOF is “experiencing the same financial shortfall and some of the pressures that have resulted from the economic downturn in this country.” With that […] Read More

Church Politicking, Election '08

Some right-wing members of the clergy are getting upset over the election of Barack Obama. I mean really getting upset.

The story about the Roman Catholic priest in Greenville, S.C., who told parishioners that if they voted for Obama they could not receive communion has been all over the Web. (He has since been reined in by his superiors.) […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Over the weekend, The Washington Times and The Washington Post ran opinion pieces on President-elect Barack Obama’s search for a new school for his daughters.

The editorial page writers made an argument on behalf of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—a federally funded pilot program that has given school vouchers to students to attend religious or other private schools instead of […] Read More