Archive for the ‘Religious Right Research’ Category

Elections, Family Research Council, Religious Right Research

Is it time for a truce in the “culture wars”?

Indiana’s Republican governor, Mitch Daniels, thought so – for about five minutes. Under outraged pressure from the Religious Right, he quickly reversed himself.

The drama began last week when Daniels told the right-wing Weekly Standard that it is time for the country to put social issues aside and deal […] Read More

American Center for Law and Justice, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

There’s good news out of Enfield, Conn.: The school board has decided not to appeal a federal court ruling barring them from holding their high school graduations in a large evangelical church.

You might recall that Americans United, the ACLU of Connecticut and the national ACLU filed suit to block the board from having commencement ceremonies at First […] 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

Defending The Courts, Religious Right Research

California seems to be the breeding ground for lots of new ideas – some good and some not so good.

Back in the early 1990s, Religious Right activists in the Golden State got it into their heads to promote “stealth candidates.” The idea was that fundamentalist Christians would run for local office stressing themes like low taxation and […] Read More

Church Politicking, Family Research Council, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for our semi-regular feature of news about church-state separation and the Religious Right that you might have missed. Be warned, some of the stories this week are about sex!

  • Opposition to gays serving in the military continues to crumble as Congress moves to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of

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Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Social Studies Curriculum

The right-wing fundamentalist bloc on the Texas State Board of Education is bound and determined to rewrite American history. As reported here recently, member Don McLeroy has proposed amending Social Studies standards to cast doubt on the legitimacy of separation of church and state.

Earlier this week, the board accepted public comments about its proposals. They got […] Read More

Charter Schools, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

A big part of our job here at Americans United is to annoy the Religious Right. If the Religious Right’s not happy, then there’s a good chance we are.

And today, one Religious Right group in Arizona is very unhappy.

As my colleague Joe Conn wrote yesterday on “The Wall of Separation,” a federal judge in Idaho […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Social Studies Curriculum

Texas’ controversial social studies standards face a final vote this week, and it appears that far-right members of the state Board of Education aren’t done trashing them yet.

Don McLeroy, the dentist from Bryan who has become infamous throughout this process, has some more changes he would like to make. Among them is this gem: “Contrast the […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Jr, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

The last time we heard from Ergun Caner, the president of Liberty University’s seminary, he was riding around his Lynchburg, Va., campus on Election Day in a truck (accompanied by a GOP elephant made out of chicken wire) urging students to vote for Republican candidates.

Americans United asserted that Caner’s overt electioneering was just another example of the fundamentalist school’s […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

What would a Religious Right-dominated America look like?

You can get a pretty good glimpse of that deplorable prospect from some recent activities in Jacksonville, Fla.

After Mayor John Peyton nominated Parvez Ahmed to the Human Rights Commission, Religious Right forces swung into action.

According to a May 7 Religion Dispatches article, several members of the city council led […] Read More

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