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Church Politicking, Religion and politics

Dove World Outreach Center likes being in the news media. The Gainesville, Fla., congregation is infamous for its vicious attacks on Muslims, gay people and others who fail to see things through a narrow fundamentalist Christian lens.

In its latest publicity stunt, church officials have announced plans to burn a Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 […] Read More

Church Politicking

The Rev. Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla. has told a right-wing news service that America’s clergy need to become bold again.

In fact, Blair thinks pastors should be more like him. In mid-July, the Religious Right leader used his tax-exempt organization, Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, to distribute an e-mail in support of Rep. Sally […] Read More

Church Politicking

I like to see what Religious Right groups are up to, so I’m on a lot of their e-mail lists. It’s often angry, intolerant and misguided stuff, but the fund-raising letter I got today from Newt Gingrich stands out.

Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is currying favor with the Religious Right these days, and he […] Read More

Church Politicking

Earlier this year, we reported on preliminary survey results that showed most Texans (72 percent) did not want the Religious-Right leaning Texas State Board of Education to determine public school curriculum.

They wanted teachers and scholars to write curriculum standards, not an elected board of ideologues pushing an agenda.

The Texas Freedom Network has now revealed the full […] Read More

Church Politicking

It’s not every day that I find myself in agreement with a Liberty University graduate on the proper relationship between religion and government.

OK. It’s probably not even every decade – or maybe even every century. Students at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s school tend to fall on the other end of the theocratic spectrum from me.

Today, however, is a most […] 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

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

Church Politicking, Elections

Yesterday Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a South Dakota church whose pastor openly admitted that he endorsed a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

The Rev. H. Wayne Williams of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle in Rapid City hasn’t been shy about what he did. In fact, state Sen. Gordon Howie, the candidate Williams endorsed during a May 16 […] Read More

Church Politicking, Family Research Council, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for our semi-regular feature of news about church-state separation and the Religious Right that you might have missed. Be warned, some of the stories this week are about sex!

  • Opposition to gays serving in the military continues to crumble as Congress moves to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of

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Church Politicking

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s attempt to inject sectarian bias into the U.S. military has been shot down, at least for now.

Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican and Religious Right favorite, wanted to add language to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act giving military chaplains the right to push their personal beliefs at events where personnel from many faiths (and none) […] Read More

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