Archive for March, 2009

American Center for Law and Justice, Christian Coalition, Defending The Courts, Family Research Council, Jay Sekulow, Jonathan Falwell, Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life, Tony Perkins

U.S. District Judge David Hamilton has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a seat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will face the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow. The Religious Right smear machine is operating on full power.

According to March 17 e-mail alert from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Hamilton is guilty of […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

Should taxpayers be forced to subsidize social service programs that discriminate in hiring on religious grounds?

Most Americans would quickly and emphatically say, “No!” If taxpayers of all faiths (and none) are paying for a program, taxpayers of all faiths (and none) should be eligible to work there. Applicants should be judged on their qualifications, not their theological opinions. […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

A 77-year-old retired public school teacher is fighting for the Bible to be taught in Idaho’s schools, according to a report in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Chuck Sheldon, founder and executive director of the group Our Godly American Heritage, claims he wants to see an academic course on the Bible to be taught as an elective. He believes the Idaho […] Read More

In the Courts, Religious Discrimination, Tax Funding of Religion

Back in 1995, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of some conservative Christian students at the University of Virginia who sought money from a student activity fund to publish a Christian magazine.

The decision in Rosenberger v. University of Virginia was a close 5-4, and the right-wing groups that backed the students were full of glee. They had finally succeeded […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

Britney Spears’ “Circus” tour is just getting under way. Brittany McComb’s tour through the federal court system is about to come to an end.

In 2006, McComb made national headlines with her high school valedictorian speech.

As the Nevada senior began to tell her fellow graduates how God’s “love is something that we all desire, it’s unprejudiced, it’s merciful, […] Read More

Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Here’s some news you might have missed: Newt Gingrich is trying to refashion himself yet again – this time as a moral leader who seeks to “renew” America.

No, no, I was not taken in by a story from The Onion. This is true. Yep, everyone’s favorite serial adulterer, the mother of all toxic assets, Newt Gingrich wants to lecture […] Read More

Family Research Council, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Tony Perkins

Just when you think Religious Right groups can’t get any farther out on the edge of the flat Earth, they do.

Last week, the Family Research Council (FRC) was apoplectic that the Obama administration has decided to endorse a UN Declaration on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

The non-binding declaration, sponsored by France and Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality, Tax Funding of Religion

Lock up the children! The Rev. Wiley Drake is on the loose again.

I’m sure you remember Drake, the controversial California pastor and media hound. Drake, a Southern Baptist, is perhaps best known for waging an “imprecatory prayer” campaign against Americans United and its staff (including me by name – thanks, Wiley!).

It was an educational moment for everyone. […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Resources, This Day in History

It has been surprisingly busy on the church-state front this week with a new flare-up in the South Carolina license plate case and the stories about President Barack Obama’s religious advisors.

But I didn’t want the week to go by without wishing James Madison a happy birthday – admittedly belated. Madison was born on March 16, 1751. Most Americans don’t […] Read More

Church Politicking

The debate over the South Carolina “I Believe” license plate rages on.

At least for South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who continue to mislead South Carolinians on what Americans United’s lawsuit challenging the production of these plates is really about.

According to the Greenville News, more than 500 people showed up last […] Read More

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