Archive for the ‘Religion in Public Life’ Category

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

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

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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Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

What would a Religious Right-dominated America look like?

You can get a pretty good glimpse of that deplorable prospect from some recent activities in Jacksonville, Fla.

After Mayor John Peyton nominated Parvez Ahmed to the Human Rights Commission, Religious Right forces swung into action.

According to a May 7 Religion Dispatches article, several members of the city council led […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

City officials in Miami, Okla., have an unusual plan for dealing with severe weather: They call on their official prayer team and ask God to ward it off.

The Tulsa World reports today that a group called Emergency 911 has been given the task of seeking divine intervention when bad weather threatens the city of about 14,000 […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

More than 200 years ago, Virginia was the most powerful state in the fledgling United States of America, spawning visionary leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

How times have changed in the Old Dominion.

Instead of leaders such as Jefferson and Madison, who fought state-established religion and labored to bring full religious liberty to all, […] Read More

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