Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

Elections, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Earlier this week, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a bill that would have created civil unions in the state.

In her veto message, Lingle talked about how she agonized over the decision. She said she has always opposed extending marriage rights to same-sex couples and concluded that this bill was essentially marriage under another guise.

Lingle didn’t mention religion, […] Read More

Election '08, Religion and politics

As I cruised some news headlines online this morning, I came across an interesting tidbit: Bronislaw Komorowski, the newly elected president of Poland, campaigned in part on a promise to increase the separation of church and state.

Poland can certainly use some separation. Back in the early 1990s, I remember Americans United hosting an activist from that county who […] 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the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) played in helping pass Proposition 8 in California, which repealed marriage equality for same-sex […] Read More

Elections, Family Research Council, Religious Right Research

Is it time for a truce in the “culture wars”?

Indiana’s Republican governor, Mitch Daniels, thought so – for about five minutes. Under outraged pressure from the Religious Right, he quickly reversed himself.

The drama began last week when Daniels told the right-wing Weekly Standard that it is time for the country to put social issues aside and deal […] 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

Elections

Yesterday was primary election day in a number of states. Several candidates who ran on platforms bashing church-state separation fared poorly.

Here are some results that might be of interest:

In South Dakota, state Sen. Gordon Howie openly encouraged pastors to endorse him from the pulpit. One or two ministers did so, insisting that churches have the right to intervene […] Read More

Church Politicking, Elections

A few misguided religious leaders in South Dakota have decided they are above the law and are plowing ahead with a plan to endorse a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

So far, the stunt isn’t exactly setting the Mount Rushmore State on fire. It started with an appeal from candidate Gordon Howie, a member of the South […] Read More

Elections, Religion in Public Life

Some people in Alabama seem to have their priorities mixed up.

There’s a Republican gubernatorial primary currently underway in the state, and you would think that citizens would be focused on the candidates’ positions on issues such as education, health care and the economy. What has some people reeling, though, is a candidate’s views on the Bible!

Back in November, […] Read More

Elections, James Dobson

As the new year turns, most Americans make pretty conventional resolutions: I will lose enough weight to fit back into my skinny jeans, I’m going to finally assemble the IKEA bookshelf that’s been collecting dust in my basement, this season I’m going to play kickball — and I’m going to be good.

Our resolutions […] Read More

Election '08, Elections, Evolution & Creationism, Religious Right Research

I regard Sarah Palin’s new book like I do the movie “New Moon” – I’m not the intended audience and I don’t really care about it.

But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin’s book, it has become obvious that I’m going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though […] Read More

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