Archive for the ‘Religion and politics’ Category

Church Politicking, Religion and politics

Dove World Outreach Center likes being in the news media. The Gainesville, Fla., congregation is infamous for its vicious attacks on Muslims, gay people and others who fail to see things through a narrow fundamentalist Christian lens.

In its latest publicity stunt, church officials have announced plans to burn a Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 […] 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

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

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

Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Should religion be politicized? Polls show that the vast majority of Americans don’t think so.

Unfortunately, an aggressive contingent of Religious Right activists disagrees.

In a recent issue of the Pentecostal magazine Charisma, charismatic religious leaders offered their vision of life for the church in 2020. Some had “visions” that would be a nightmare for the rest of […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Sarah Palin has once again demonstrated that she just doesn’t know much about basic American principles.

The erstwhile Alaska governor, speaking in Louisville, Ky., Friday night at a women’s religious conference, blasted a federal judge in Wisconsin for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. She also indirectly criticized President Barack Obama, who on more than one […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Last night, Americans United celebrated a decision by a U.S. district court judge who ruled the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, AU’s executive director, hailed the decision as a “tremendous victory for religious liberty. Congress has no business telling Americans when or how to pray.”

But several Religious Right leaders […] Read More

Religion and politics

Ten years ago, the Santa Fe (Texas) Independent School District was just another American town that loved its high school football team. On Friday evenings, students congregated in metal bleachers to cheer for their friends, parents attended with camcorders and warm coffee in gloved hands, and full recaps of exciting games were printed in the local papers.

But not all […] Read More

Religion and politics

As last week came to a close, the Secular Coalition of America – an advocacy group made up of atheists, agnostics and humanists – had a chance to meet with members of the Obama Administration.

The meeting on Friday reportedly marked the first time American non-believers have ever met with White House officials, and it really struck a nerve with […] 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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