Archive for the ‘Marriage & Sexuality’ Category

American Family Association, Charles Colson, Marriage & Sexuality, Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling against California’s Proposition 8 spurred the predictable round of incendiary rhetoric from the Religious Right. Chuck Colson said it could mean Armageddon for religious liberty, TV preacher Pat Robertson said gay people want to destroy the church and destroy marriage and the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon demanded that the U.S. House impeach […] Read More

In the Courts, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Discrimination

In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Judge Walker made it clear that in the United States, marriage is a civil matter.

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

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the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) played in helping pass Proposition 8 in California, which repealed marriage equality for same-sex […] Read More

Family Research Council, Freedom of Religion, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research, Religious School Vouchers

It’s Friday and time for another quick roundup of stories about church-state separation and the Religious Right you might have overlooked in the media. Let’s get right to it.

  • Virginia’s state seal features an image of the Roman goddess Virtus, who is normally depicted wearing a cap and holding a spear – with one breast exposed. Recently, Attorney General

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Faith-Based Initiatives, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality

Just how rotten was the “faith-based” initiative under President George W. Bush?

Let the Iowa Independent fill you in.

In an April 16 report, the online newspaper reported that the Iowa Family Policy Council (IFPC) has received more than $3 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money was supposedly earmarked for […] Read More

Family Research Council, Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Jerry Falwell Jr, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religion in the Military, Religious Right Research

Let’s close out the week with a selection of updates and news tidbits that you might have missed:

  • On Monday, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Liberty University, which used its student newspaper to intervene in a House of Delegates election in November. In response, Jerry Falwell Jr. asserted that AU will now have to

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Faith-Based Initiatives, Marriage & Sexuality

Today’s Washington Post reports that the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has stopped running its foster-care program to avoid having to license same-sex couples.

Back in November, the Archdiocese threatened to drop contracts with the D.C. government to provide social services if the D.C. Council approved a same-sex marriage bill. Thankfully, their threats did not faze the council, which […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, The U.S. Supreme Court, This Day in History

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King’s memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

If you need a reminder of how important church-state separation is, read Joel McDurmon’s chilling essay “A Perfect Hatred.”

McDurmon is director of research for American Vision (AV), a Georgia-based Religious Right outfit that seeks to replace our constitutional democracy with a government built around an ultra-fundamentalist reading of the Bible. These “Christian Reconstructionists” often say publicly what […] Read More

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