Archive for November, 2009

Church Politicking, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Here’s some news you might have missed in the holiday shuffle last week: Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has issued a press release calling for the end to an “imprecatory prayer” for President Barack Obama’s death.

No, Drake was not overcome with […] Read More

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

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means. Yes, the malls will be crowded, but this time of year also means an escalation in the battles over how public schools and government deal with Christmas.

Some disputes have already erupted. In Chambersburg, Pa., the borough council voted unanimously to ban most displays from a public square […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Jonathan Falwell, 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

Family Research Council, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Some members of the clergy in Washington, D.C., are angry because the city council will no longer automatically do what they want.

As The Washington Post reports today, clergy in the nation’s capital are used to having their calls returned promptly; they expect the council to be responsive to their demands.

That may be changing. A battle over legalizing […] Read More

Election '08, Elections, Evolution & Creationism, Religious Right Research

I regard Sarah Palin’s new book like I do the movie “New Moon” – I’m not the intended audience and I don’t really care about it.

But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin’s book, it has become obvious that I’m going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though […] Read More

James Dobson, Pat Robertson

As part of my morning routine here at Americans United, I tune into both Pat Robertson’s 700 Club and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio broadcast whenever the church-state debate takes center stage with the mainstream media.

With Stupak, the Catholic bishops’ health-care amendment, moving in Congress, we figured Religious Right leaders would be using […] Read More

Health Care Reform, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics

The New York Times today reported on a sad and worrisome situation in Vallejo, Calif.

Though the community faces a financial crisis, much like the rest of the country, The Times asserts the town is also struggling because “its political system increasingly reflects the influence of evangelical churches.”

The story provides several examples where this influence can be seen, particularly […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Remember all the talk last summer about the mysterious “C Street house” in Washington, D.C.?

The structure, owned by a clandestine evangelical Christian organization known as “The Family,” was in the news because some politicians tied to it got caught up in embarrassing sex scandals.

A quick recap: After U.S. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) admitted that he had had an […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

It’s only a week away from Thanksgiving; the trees have all turned from green to vibrant shades of reds, yellows and browns and a crisp chill in the air puts me on pins and needles as I wait for the season’s first snow. As we reach mid November, the end of the calendar year always sneaks up on me […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research, Rick Scarborough

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Religious Right. Through my work at Americans United, I’ve opposed this movement for 22 years and have written three books challenging the Religious Right’s perspective.

I don’t believe that everyone who holds Religious Right views is a bad person. But I would be remiss in my duties if I failed […] Read More

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