Archive for April, 2010

Faith-Based Initiatives, Religious Right Research

Mat Staver is a piece of work, isn’t he?

Staver, in case you case you haven’t been keeping up with the Falwell Empire, is dean of the Liberty University School of Law and head of Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal group.

Staver isn’t as well known as the lawyers at American Center for Law and Justice or the […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

More than 200 years ago, Virginia was the most powerful state in the fledgling United States of America, spawning visionary leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

How times have changed in the Old Dominion.

Instead of leaders such as Jefferson and Madison, who fought state-established religion and labored to bring full religious liberty to all, […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property, The U.S. Supreme Court

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a religious symbol dispute that is almost certain to leave a Latin cross standing in a public park in California.

The court was split 5-4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the plurality opinion. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Antonin Scalia backed the decision, while Justices John Paul […] Read More

Religion in the Military, Religious Right Research

Did you know that President Barack Obama’s name is really “Barry Soetoro”? Did you know that he “obviously hates Christianity”?

Were you aware that Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is an “atheist Jew” who deserves to be thrown into a swamp?

Have you heard that God was so angry over a recent court ruling […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

I don’t really look to Bob Barr for sound advice on religious liberty issues.

The former Georgia congressman is, after all, the guy who demanded that military commanders at a base in Texas ban Wiccan soldiers from observing the vernal equinox, enthusiastically backed a measure that directed the federal courts to leave decisions about Ten Commandments displays up […] Read More

Tax Funding of Religion

The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down an important church-state decision yesterday – one that ended in a victory for Americans United and our allies.

The court ruled that $10 million in state funds could not be awarded to the University of the Cumberlands (UC), a school affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In a 5-2 decision, the court said […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

With all the hoopla last week over the federal court decision striking down the National Day of Prayer, Americans United knew the Religious Right would be putting pressure on their allies in Congress to take action.

As predicted, U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, has introduced two resolutions in the House in […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality

Just how rotten was the “faith-based” initiative under President George W. Bush?

Let the Iowa Independent fill you in.

In an April 16 report, the online newspaper reported that the Iowa Family Policy Council (IFPC) has received more than $3 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money was supposedly earmarked for […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Sarah Palin has once again demonstrated that she just doesn’t know much about basic American principles.

The erstwhile Alaska governor, speaking in Louisville, Ky., Friday night at a women’s religious conference, blasted a federal judge in Wisconsin for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. She also indirectly criticized President Barack Obama, who on more than one […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court

This morning, when I headed over to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, I didn’t see Newt Gingrich in attendance.

I was hoping the former House speaker would be there — not because I’m a fan, but because I thought he could have learned something. Gingrich got the facts of the case […] Read More

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