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
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On Feb. 24, a tragedy occurred at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. A six-ton killer whale known as Tillikum pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau underwater to her death in front of a crowd of horrified spectators watching a show.
Brancheau’s tragic death has led to some soul searching: What should be done with Tillikum? Is it ever appropriate to keep killer […] Read More
For months I’ve been trying to figure out what to make of the “tea party” movement.
Is it merely another band of anti-government, low-tax activists with a libertarian populist edge – or will it become the next wave of the Religious Right? Do the tea partiers intend to stay focused on issues like smaller government or will they […] Read More
I did an interview last week with TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). The network was interested in getting my thoughts about U.S. Rep. Henry Brown’s resolution promoting Christmas.
I told CBN I didn’t think much of it. I pointed out that if you want a deeply religious experience at this time of year, you’re bound […] Read More
It’s Friday, and here’s a quick round-up of some stories with church-state overtones that you might have missed:
* Remember the proselytizing cheerleaders in north Georgia? A lot of people are getting worked up over that, and I feel certain that a “fair and balanced” Fox News report isn’t far off.
One Religious Right site I monitor moaned that […] Read More
I’m back from the Religious Right Bizarro World that is the “Values Voter Summit.” As always, it was quite an experience.
I’ll have a full report on the event in the October Church & State, but I wanted to share some things I learned at the Summit with you today:
* Be As Partisan As You Want To Be: I’m […] Read More
I don’t know what kind of Supreme Court justice Sonya Sotomayor will turn out to be.
My hope is that she’s much in the vein as the man she will probably replace – David H. Souter.
But although I’m uncertain about Sotomayor’s views on separation of church and state, there’s one thing I know for sure: She deserves a fair […] Read More
Legislation that would target hate crimes is expected to start moving in Congress soon. The Religious Right is going bananas.
The legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913), is intended to do a few key things: It would allow the U.S. Justice Department to offer assistance when a crime that results in death or […] Read More
Every day, Americans United staff members read numerous secular and religious publications, check out TV and radio preachers and drop by various Religious Right Web sites and other sources. We monitor the theocrats, so you don’t have to. (No, there’s no need to thank us.)
Here’s a roundup of some recent tidbits you might have missed:
* California mega-church pastor […] Read More