Archive for July, 2009

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

When I was a kid, our church decided it would be nice to have a social hall.

It was a pretty ambitious goal. We were a medium-sized congregation serving mostly blue-collar families in an economically depressed area. But the people sitting in the pews believed in the project and gave extra to support it. Kids like me even chipped in […] Read More

Church Politicking

A couple months ago, I blogged about a lively debate I attended about politics and the pulpit.

It was an afternoon bringing together people from the entire political spectrum. Participants on a panel, including AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, discussed a provision in federal tax law that prohibits tax-exempt, non-profit organizations – including religious institutions – from endorsing […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

I’ve been online today scanning news sites to see if Cobb County, Ga., has been struck by an earthquake, a hurricane or perhaps a plague of frogs. Apparently, this has not happened.

I’m surprised. Last night, a guy named Ed Buckner gave a secular invocation at a meeting of the Cobb County Commission. To hear some followers of the Religious […] Read More

Family Research Council, Religious Right Research

Yesterday’s newspapers were reminiscent of those heady days of fall 2008 – a time when the media and public obsessed over a little-known Alaska politician named Sarah Palin.

Palin stepped down from her position as governor of Alaska on Sunday. As I read news accounts of her resignation speech, it seemed her reasons for leaving the position were vague […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life

My wife went to grad school in North Carolina. She wasn’t much of a drinker (at least that’s what she tells me now), but she and her roommate did enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner every so often.

On Monday through Saturday, they could buy a bottle of vino any time the grocery store was open. On Sunday, they […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

My roommate is a freshly minted high school teacher. Sometimes, while sitting together watching reruns of “Doogie Howser, MD.,” I help her plan civics lessons for her students. If it weren’t the middle of the summer, I would insist that she craft a Venn Diagram with her kids to teach about the separation of church and state.

I […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

Americans United tends to stick to domestic church-state issues. We find that defending the church-state wall from attacks in this country is more than enough to keep us busy.

But every now and then an issue comes along overseas that attracts our attention. Such a story appears in today’s Washington Post. It concerns the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Lies, lies and more lies.

That’s what Floridians will see as they drive through Pinellas and Hillsborough counties near Tampa Bay, Fla., during the next six months.

A local fundamentalist group has decided to wage war on church-state separation by posting ten billboard advertisements that send the message that “America’s government was made only for people who are moral […] Read More

Religious Right Research

An otherwise non-descript house at 133 C St. S.E., in Washington, D.C., is getting a lot of attention lately. Last week I swung by to take a look at it myself.

What did I see? Not much. It’s a red brick house with an American flag unfurled above the door and well-maintained shrubbery in the yard. So why all the […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Discrimination

Next time you’re in Salt Lake City, you had better refrain from kissing your loved one in public. It could get you arrested.

Especially if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the show in town, doesn’t like you or what you stand for.

A gay couple learned this the hard way on July 9, when […] Read More

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