Archive for March, 2010

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

“If you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion,” explained then presidential-hopeful Barack Obama while discussing his proposed changes to the controversial “faith-based” initiative on the campaign trail in Ohio […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Some Kentucky legislators seem to have a thing about church-state relations.

If the Bluegrass State’s lawmakers aren’t busy pushing for Ten Commandments displays on public land or advocating for the Bible to be taught in public schools, they’re looking for other ways to give religion a little governmental help.

The legislature’s latest debacle involves an aggressive effort to keep a […] Read More

Church Politicking

My “Adopt-a-Liberal” cards have arrived!

I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but I spent some of my hard-earned cash on a set of 51 trading cards of famous liberals produced by Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal outfit associated with the the late Jerry Falwell’s empire. (The Counsel wants us to pick one or more of the subjects of […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Every morning, I pass through Union Station, a majestic restored train station, on my way to work at Americans United.

Union Station contains a stop for the Washington, D.C., subway, the Metro. Lately, I’ve noticed huge posters plastered all over the station walls. They depict pictures of smiling (mostly minority) children demanding to know why Congress won’t give them “scholarships” […] Read More

Church Politicking

Samuel Beckett, one of my favorite writers, had a lot to say about human nature and the inevitable repetition of inane life experiences. In Waiting for Godot, Krapp’s Last Tape and Endgame, the protagonists in Beckett’s most famous pieces are static creatures of habit; each repeats the same stale cycle of events, expecting a variation in circumstance. But invariably, each […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Yesterday I received an interesting call from a reporter in the Netherlands. He was seeking information on an American Religious Right outfit called the Christian Action Network (CAN).

CAN is not a major player in the world of the Religious Right, but I am familiar with the Forest, Va.-based group. It’s pretty low-rent, a point I made clear in my […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

From now on, only “legal” religions will be officially recognized in North Miami Beach – at least, that will be the case if the city council’s multicultural committee has its way.

According to the Miami Herald, the committee recommended that the council recognize one main holiday for every religion in the form of an official proclamation. It’s part […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning declined to hear a case from Washington state concerning a young woman who wanted to play religious music during a public school graduation ceremony.

Kathryn Nurre was a senior at Mill Creek’s Henry M. Jackson High School in 2006 when she and other members of a school wind ensemble sought permission […] Read More

Religion and politics

Ten years ago, the Santa Fe (Texas) Independent School District was just another American town that loved its high school football team. On Friday evenings, students congregated in metal bleachers to cheer for their friends, parents attended with camcorders and warm coffee in gloved hands, and full recaps of exciting games were printed in the local papers.

But not all […] Read More

Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

TV evangelist Pat Robertson’s 80th birthday is on Monday, and to mark that momentous occasion, the Virginia legislature decided to pass a resolution lauding him a great American, visionary leader and all-around swell fellow.

The resolution is full of the “whereases” and flowery language that are common in this type of thing. It lauds Robertson’s creation of […] Read More

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