Archive for February, 2010

Family Research Council, Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Jerry Falwell Jr, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religion in the Military, Religious Right Research

Let’s close out the week with a selection of updates and news tidbits that you might have missed:

  • On Monday, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Liberty University, which used its student newspaper to intervene in a House of Delegates election in November. In response, Jerry Falwell Jr. asserted that AU will now have to

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Freedom of Religion

Yesterday, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 32-member task force asked the U.S. government to make religion “integral” to American foreign policy. 

The group claims that countries see America’s focus on religious freedom as a form of imperialism and concludes that Western secularism feeds into religious extremism.

The report, produced by a group who wants to see government […] Read More

Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life

I love the Winter Olympics—the ski jumping, the hockey games, the figure skating rivalries and even the curling have kept me glued to my TV for the Vancouver games. I find the athleticism and precision required of these winter sports fascinating, but many of my friends consider the time trials and individual events too redundant to watch.

“It’s just the […] Read More

Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

The infamous “C Street house” is back in the news.

A group of clergy in Ohio, aided by a tax lawyer, has written to the Internal Revenue Service today asking the federal tax agency to examine the house’s tax-exempt status as a church.

If you’re just joining us, the C Street house is a structure in Washington, D.C., […] Read More

This Day in History

Today we celebrate the 278th birthday of our first president, George Washington.

Americans United honors Washington for, among many other things, his commitment to religious liberty and church-state separation. We know the Father of Our Country wanted people of all faiths and none to feel welcome in our new nation.

How do we know this? He said so. During a […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

It may strike you as out-of-season that media outlets have been reporting on the Salvation Army this week. After all, the month of February is drawing to a close, D.C.’s 40-plus inches of snow is beginning to melt and winter is waning.

We should have at least 10 months to hold onto our pocket change before next
December rolls […] Read More

American Family Association, Family Research Council, Religious Right Research

For months I’ve been trying to figure out what to make of the “tea party” movement.

Is it merely another band of anti-government, low-tax activists with a libertarian populist edge – or will it become the next wave of the Religious Right? Do the tea partiers intend to stay focused on issues like smaller government or will they […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Marriage & Sexuality

Today’s Washington Post reports that the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has stopped running its foster-care program to avoid having to license same-sex couples.

Back in November, the Archdiocese threatened to drop contracts with the D.C. government to provide social services if the D.C. Council approved a same-sex marriage bill. Thankfully, their threats did not faze the council, which […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Two weeks ago, I wrote about R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, Calif. Parris found himself in a bit of a hot spot when, during a speech to religious leaders, he asserted, “We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that.”

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn called on Parris to […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Resources, This Day in History

It’s Presidents’ Day. In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be interesting to pull together some quotes by our chief executives on church-state separation and religious freedom.

Most people know that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were great champions of church-state separation. But did you know that James K. Polk had some interesting things to say, […] Read More

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