Archive for the ‘Religious Discrimination’ Category

Faith-Based Initiatives, Freedom of Religion, In the Courts, Judicial Nominations, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

I guess it’s a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I’m not his teacher, and he’s not my student.

But what the heck? It’s a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I’m focusing on issues with church-state implications. […] Read More

In the Courts, Religious Discrimination, Tax Funding of Religion

Back in 1995, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of some conservative Christian students at the University of Virginia who sought money from a student activity fund to publish a Christian magazine.

The decision in Rosenberger v. University of Virginia was a close 5-4, and the right-wing groups that backed the students were full of glee. They had finally succeeded […] Read More

In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religious Discrimination, Religious Right Research

Change is in the air at the U.S. Department of Justice – and it looks like it’ll be for the good.

The Senate has confirmed Eric Holder at the nation’s new attorney general. Holder has vowed to reverse course from many Bush administration policies. Most of the attention has focused on issues such as closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Discrimination, Religious Right Research

Last week I wrote about the experiences my daughter and I had while attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama on the National Mall. I noted that during his inaugural address, Obama pointed out that America’s diversity is a strength.

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers,” Obama said. “We are shaped […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Discrimination, Religious Right Research

Is church-state separation a threat to Christianity? Religious Right forces want you to think so.

During the past few months, Religious Right leaders have railed against the alleged secularization of Christmas and agitated in favor of government recognition of the Christian aspects of the holiday. In a Tuesday column in The Christian Post, for example, Mark Earley groused that […] Read More

Religious Discrimination

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal opened the door for state agencies and state contractors to engage in “faith-based” discrimination in hiring.

Jindal’s predecessor, former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, issued an executive order that banned discrimination in all the areas covered by anti-discrimination laws, including race, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation and disabilities. Her order added “sexual orientation” as a […] Read More

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