Archive for the ‘Court Stripping’ Category

Church Politicking, Court Stripping, On the Hill, Religion in Public Schools

If you thought that changes in Congress would mean a near cessation of attempts to weaken the principle of church-state separation, you should think again.

Since the new Congress convened earlier this month, bills have been introduced that would mandate public school prayer, allow houses of worship to endorse political candidates and stifle the federal courts’ ability to resolve disputes […] Read More

Court Stripping, Religious Symbols on Public Property

The Pledge Protection Act has failed to get out of the House Judiciary Committee yet again!

In a stellar repeat performance today, U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R- S.C.) again withheld his support from H.R 2389, a Religious Right-backed, court-stripping measure that would bar the federal courts from hearing cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance. Inglis’ “no” vote yesterday created a […] Read More

Court Stripping

The battle over the Pledge Protection Act isn’t quite over yet.

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) stunned his fellow Republicans by voting against the measure in the House Judiciary Committee. Inglis’ vote created a 15-15 split, meaning that the proposed legislation would not advance to the House floor.

Angry Religious Right activists and their Republican allies immediately began pressuring […] Read More

Court Stripping, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

U.S. Rep Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y), with a widening grin on his face, summed up a subcommittee’s consideration of a relatively obscure — but radical — bill that seeks to slam the courthouse doors on lawsuits brought to uphold church-state separation.

“This is an election year,” Nadler noted, saying in Washington such years are often known as “the silly season.” […] Read More

Court Stripping, Religion in Public Life

Three Tampa, Fla., city council members walked out of chambers recently rather than listen to an atheist give the invocation.

As Michael Harvey prepared to begin his remarks last Thursday, Councilman Kevin White called for a vote to find a different person to pray. Council member John Dinginfelder who invited Harvey reminded White that “I thank God every […] Read More