Archive for the ‘Government-Sponsored Religion’ Category

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property

For years, we’ve heard the Religious Right and its allies assert that the cross is a secular symbol, not a religious one, in order to get around the Constitution and keep Christian displays on public land.

We’ve always thought that argument was pretty ridiculous, but Religious Right activists keep trying. Here’s their latest proposal:  a cross is not a religious […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Discrimination

There’s been a new development in the situation over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Yesterday, New York Gov. David Paterson came up with an idea that he felt would be a compromise in the recent uproar over the building of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.

A Muslim group’s recent purchase of a building near the 9/11 site has […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore doesn’t let too much time go by before he cries out for some more attention.

Yesterday, he was quoted in a Birmingham News blog, in which he offered another anti-church-state separation rant. The blog was about a letter Americans United sent to an Alabama school board opposing official prayers before meetings.

Moore’s group, […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, Religion in the Workplace, Religious Discrimination

Let’s say your boss holds a prayer meeting every morning at 10. Let’s say you’re not comfortable attending. At the next prayer meeting, your boss says, “Anyone who doesn’t like this can go stand in the hall while the rest of us pray.”

What are the chances you’ll walk into the hall? Isn’t it more likely you’ll be […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts

Religious Right groups regularly insist that all devout Americans, especially Christians, must be against the separation of church and state.

As usual, they’re completely off the mark. In fact, many people of faith are among the strongest supporters of church-state separation. And we have a new piece of evidence.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) has just filed […] Read More

Focus On The Family, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Right Research

The Missouri Senate has spoken, and for the third year in a row, it has refused to advance a constitutional amendment permitting government-sponsored religious activities.

Religious Right activists, who lobbied hard for the measure, are none too happy about losing, again –and have pinned the blame on Americans United and our allies.

We’re happy to accept this blame. AU […] Read More

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

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

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is on a crusade against church-state separation.

Forbes founded and co-chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus – a group of 64 members of Congress who recognize “prayer as a fundamental and enduring feature of American life” and want to “use the legislative process – both through sponsorship of affirmative legislation and through opposition […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

If I lived in southern Illinois and wanted a lesson in Christianity, like most people, I’d consult a Christian pastor, priest or theologian.

I definitely wouldn’t think to consult U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) or any other politician for that matter. Yet Shimkus seems to think he can be a one-stop shop – serving as not just a political representative […] Read More

Connect