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Religion in the Military, Religious Right Research

Did you know that President Barack Obama’s name is really “Barry Soetoro”? Did you know that he “obviously hates Christianity”?

Were you aware that Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is an “atheist Jew” who deserves to be thrown into a swamp?

Have you heard that God was so angry over a recent court ruling […] 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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Religion in Public Life, Religion in the Military, Religious Discrimination, Religious Right Research

Two months ago, I wrote a post about religious tolerance being on the upswing at the Air Force Academy. The Associated Press had reported that when Pagan cadets sought a place to worship, Academy officials worked with them to create an outdoor stone circle.

Some people are having a difficult time dealing with that.

Someone recently left […] Read More

Religion in the Military

Yesterday I wrote about a controversy that has erupted over the revelation that a Michigan-based company has engraved references to biblical passages on rifle scopes that were ordered by the U.S. military.

A reporter with the Detroit News saw that post and called me near the end of the day to get some of my thoughts about the matter. […] Read More

Religion in the Military

The situation regarding the role of religion in the U.S. military just got a whole lot stranger.

ABC News is reporting that a major manufacturer of rifle scopes has been engraving citations from the New Testament on the sights. The company, Trijicon, freely admits what it has done and defends its action.

“One of the citations on the gun sights, […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in the Military, Religious Symbols on Public Property, The U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the third woman and the first Latina to ever serve as a justice.

It’s a historical milestone, and Americans United is looking forward to watching the new justice in action, particularly when it comes to church-state issues.

As we have mentioned […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religion in the Military

Lodi, Calif., is a city of about 62,000 residents between Sacramento and Stockton. I’ve never been there, but Wikipedia tells me the town is known for its wine production – it’s the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” The band Creedence Clearwater Revival once penned a tune called “Stuck in Lodi.”

But lately Lodi has been in the news for […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in the Military

Aggressive fundamentalist Christian organizations are continuing their efforts to expand their presence in the U.S. military.

Last month, researcher Jeff Sharlet penned a disturbing article for Harper’s magazine about efforts to “Christianize” the military. Newsweek ran a similar story online on June 20. The articles attracted a lot of attention and put the issue in the spotlight once […] Read More

Religion in the Military

The role of religion in the U.S. military has been an ongoing problem for Americans United.

Usually, our concern stems from complaints that soldiers are being coerced to attend religious services during training or that Bibles are being distributed to U.S. soldiers on military bases.

But if reports by GQ and The New York Times […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in the Military

A video that shows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan plotting to distribute Bibles and preach Christianity to the largely Muslim population there is creating quite a stir.

The footage was shot a year ago by Brian Hughes, a documentary film maker and was recently featured on the English version of Al Jazeera. It shows a band of soldiers stationed at […] Read More

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