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Judicial Nominations, Religious Right Research

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan are in full swing, and as Americans United had hoped, we’re getting some questions about separation of church and state.

Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Kagan about the relationship between the First Amendment’s “Establishment Clause,” which bars laws “respecting an establishment of religion” and the Free Exercise Clause,” which curbs laws […] 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

Defending The Courts, Religious Right Research

California seems to be the breeding ground for lots of new ideas – some good and some not so good.

Back in the early 1990s, Religious Right activists in the Golden State got it into their heads to promote “stealth candidates.” The idea was that fundamentalist Christians would run for local office stressing themes like low taxation and […] Read More

Defending The Courts, In the Courts, Religious Right Research

As president, one of Barack Obama’s most important tasks is making appointments to the federal courts.

The Senate has a role to play too. They are to “advise and consent.” If a judicial appointee is deemed unqualified, a majority of the Senate can vote him or her down.

Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Senate […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, The U.S. Supreme Court

As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait too long for a question assessing Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s thoughts on religious liberty.

Yesterday afternoon, as the Senate confirmation hearings continued, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) asked Sotomayor her views on freedom of religion, which he called “one of the basic principles of our Constitution.”

Cardin brought up one of Supreme […] Read More

Defending The Courts, Judicial Nominations, Religious Right Research

Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter’s decision to retire and return to his farm in New Hampshire has really got the Religious Right’s knickers in knots – but also has given movement leaders an opportunity.

President Barack Obama is expected to name Souter’s replacement soon, and chances are the Religious Right isn’t going to like that person’s record.

What to […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Schools

It’s possible “Tonight Show” Host Jay Leno already has conclusive results on this, but for today’s purposes, I’m just going to make a wild assumption.

I’m going to assume that if I stopped the average American on the street and asked him or her to name all the U.S. Supreme Court justices, most would probably have no clue.

In […] Read More

Defending The Courts, Judicial Nominations

I was shocked and saddened to open my Washington Post this morning and read about Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter’s plan to retire. The high court is about to lose one of its strongest defenders of the church-state wall.

When President George H.W. Bush nominated Souter in July of 1990 to replace William J. Brennan Jr., Americans United […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Freedom of Religion, In the Courts, Judicial Nominations, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

I guess it’s a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I’m not his teacher, and he’s not my student.

But what the heck? It’s a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I’m focusing on issues with church-state implications. […] Read More

American Center for Law and Justice, Christian Coalition, Defending The Courts, Family Research Council, Jay Sekulow, Jonathan Falwell, Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life, Tony Perkins

U.S. District Judge David Hamilton has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a seat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will face the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow. The Religious Right smear machine is operating on full power.

According to March 17 e-mail alert from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Hamilton is guilty of […] Read More

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