Archive for April, 2009

Religion in Public Schools

This summer, I will celebrate my 10-year high school reunion. In fact, just last week I received a Facebook message from our class president to “save the date” (which, as a side note, I doubt I will be “saving”).

But reading the message got me thinking. High school can be a tough place, but there definitely were some good times. […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Freedom of Religion, In the Courts, Judicial Nominations, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

I guess it’s a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I’m not his teacher, and he’s not my student.

But what the heck? It’s a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I’m focusing on issues with church-state implications. […] Read More

Focus On The Family, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Teachers are always looking for ways to make history a more interesting and relevant subject. Young people tend to get turned off if history appears to be little more than memorizing a dry list of dates, names and battles.

Many schools want to find ways to make history come alive. In my daughter’s high school, the class did special projects […] Read More

Religious Right Research

On Friday I wrote about Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who has been trying to raise money and recruit supporters through a Religious Right Web site titled prayinjesusname.org.

Americans United and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) took issue with Klingenschmitt’s site and his e-mail alerts that referred to him as “Chaplain Klingenschmitt” and showed him in a […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Over the past few years, Americans United has sparred with Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain with a penchant for Religious Right grandstanding.

Klingenschmitt, then still in the service, ran into problems two years ago when he defied orders to use nonsectarian prayers at military events where people from many different faith perspectives would be present. He later […] Read More

Church Politicking, Marriage & Sexuality

Are you an agent of Satan? Bishop Robert W. Finn thinks you might be.

In a recent address to the Catholic Church-sponsored “Gospel of Life Convention,” Finn stated bluntly, “We are at war!”

Using highly intemperate language, the Kansas City, Mo., prelate said the “Church Militant” is “engaged in a constant warfare with Satan” and “human enemies,” people who […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

At least some people in Texas are standing up for sound science education. And hopefully, they won’t back down, despite a new lawsuit challenging their decision.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for failing to approve its master’s degree in creationism-based science education.

All of […] Read More

American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Family Research Council, Freedom of Religion, Lou Sheldon, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

Legislation that would target hate crimes is expected to start moving in Congress soon. The Religious Right is going bananas.

The legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913), is intended to do a few key things: It would allow the U.S. Justice Department to offer assistance when a crime that results in death or […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain’s top adviser from the presidential campaign, has some advice for Republicans seeking office in the future. He said Friday that the GOP needs to reassess its relationship with religion.

Schmidt told   the Log Cabin Republicans, a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans, that party positions on issues such as same-sex marriage cannot […] Read More

In the Courts, Religion in Public Schools

U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger of northern Florida is one smart guy.

On Wednesday, he gave a Florida public school quite a scolding, followed by a very important constitutional law lesson.

Two teachers at the school included a song called “In God We Still Trust” by the country group Diamond Rio into the program of a third-grade class’ […] Read More

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