Archive for June, 2010

David Barton, Family Research Council, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins, Wallbuilders

We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis.

As my colleague Rob Boston said in a blog […] Read More

In the Courts, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Discrimination

Advocates of church-state separation knew Monday was going to be a big day at the Supreme Court. It was the high court’s final day in session for the 2009-10 term, and four cases were left. Among them was Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a church-state case.

Our normal practice at AU is to pull up a Web site […] Read More

Church Politicking

The infamous evangelical Christian organization, “The Family” is making headlines again.

According to Roll Call newspaper, several members of Congress have accepted just over $101,000 worth of free international travel from The Family, also known as the Fellowship Foundation. The group footed the bill for 13 foreign trips, ostensibly so congressmen could meet and pray with political leaders in other […] Read More

Defending The Courts, Judicial Nominations

Monday will be a big day for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will hand down a ruling in a closely watched church-state case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, and the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on justice nominee Elena Kagan.

The Kagan nomination is getting a lot of attention because little is known about her […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools

The Class of 2010 graduated from Enfield (Conn.) High School yesterday, and based on local reports, it seems as though students and parents had a good time, despite the controversy over where to hold the ceremony.

Americans United and the ACLU, representing students and parents, filed a lawsuit against the school district after it refused to move the […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

New York taxpayers may soon be footing an $18 million annual bill to pay for rabbinical training.

Yes, you read that right.

According to the New York Post, elected officials in the Empire State have struck a backroom deal to expand the Tuition Assistance Program to pick up the tab for 3,660 students at a few dozen rabbinical schools […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.

Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.

Jarretta Hamilton said she was terminated in […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

I understand why people living along the Gulf Coast are frustrated. The BP oil spill is an unmitigated environmental disaster, with as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil pouring into the region every day.

What’s especially frustrating is that, despite all of our modern technology and know-how, we don’t seem to be able to plug the well. The oil […] Read More

Church Politicking, Elections, Freedom of Religion, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

An interesting documentary is opening in some major cities this weekend, and if you get the chance, I’d suggest that you check it out.

Titled “8: The Mormon Proposition,” the film examines the role the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) played in helping pass Proposition 8 in California, which repealed marriage equality for same-sex […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

If Sylvia Spencer took a job at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, no one would ask her what her religious beliefs are. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of Americans would be horrified to think that such a consideration could affect her employment prospects for a position providing publicly funded social services.

HHS officials should […] Read More

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