Archive for December, 2009

Church Politicking

The “Wall Of Separation” is taking a break. We’ll be back on Jan. 4, so come see us then.

Happy New Year!

American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Freedom of Religion, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

I did an interview last week with TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). The network was interested in getting my thoughts about U.S. Rep. Henry Brown’s resolution promoting Christmas.

I told CBN I didn’t think much of it. I pointed out that if you want a deeply religious experience at this time of year, you’re bound […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Over the weekend, Washington was slammed by a treacherous snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow in some areas.

Since I grew up in Ohio and went to college in Syracuse, N.Y., the snow didn’t really bother me much. But for others here, the blizzard was a difficult experience.

It apparently was very rough for Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. of […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Jr, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

The Christmas decorations went up at my house the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Let’s see: wreath on the door, Christmas tree by the stairs, Nativity scene on the sideboard, hammer and sickle on the…. Wait a minute! Where is the darn hammer and sickle? That infamous symbol of the old Soviet Union must be here somewhere.

According to Religious Right pundit […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

An unusual story began making the rounds on right-wing Web sites last week. It seems a second grader in a Taunton, Mass., public school had been suspended for drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross.

As the Taunton Daily Gazette reported, a class at Maxham Elementary School was supposedly given an assignment to make a Christmas-themed drawing. One 9-year-old […] Read More

Church Politicking

Four years ago, the situation regarding religious freedom at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs could only be described as grim.

An air of evangelical Christianity permeated the facility. Cadets were encouraged to see films like “The Passion of the Christ.” During a training session for cadets, an Aca ­demy chaplain urged evangelicals to convert their classmates to […] Read More

Church Politicking

A team of international surveyors grab their clipboards and decide to travel around the world to study the state of religious freedom.

They arrive in Saudi Arabia and are told that they must comply with the strictest interpretation of Islamic law, so they continue to Bangladesh where they are threatened with physical violence when some of them declare a personal […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

A Florida appellate court ruled yesterday that public funding of a “faith-based” prison program may violate the state’s constitution.

The decision, Council for Secular Humanism, Inc. v. McNeil, serves as an important win for taxpayers who don’t want to be forced to support religion.

The case involves a challenge to contracts between the Florida Department of Corrections and two […] Read More

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

Ah, Christmas! The time of year when our thoughts turn to decorated holiday trees, presents, eggnog and Albert Einstein.

Wait a minute – Albert Einstein?

Yep, the theoretical physicist and all-around super-genius has become an official part of the holiday season, at least in Arkansas. Einstein will appear in a Solstice display at the state capitol in Little Rock, thanks […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Right Research

It’s 11 days until Christmas and as each day goes by, we continue to hear more “War on Christmas” rants from the Religious Right.

The latest comes out of Alvarado, Texas, where a pastor plans to put on a production called “A Politically Correct Christmas.”

Pastor Rick Hope of the First Baptist Church of Lillian told the Alvarado Post […] Read More

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