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Church Politicking

It’s not every day that I find myself in agreement with a Liberty University graduate on the proper relationship between religion and government.

OK. It’s probably not even every decade – or maybe even every century. Students at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s school tend to fall on the other end of the theocratic spectrum from me.

Today, however, is a most […] Read More

Church Politicking, Elections

A few misguided religious leaders in South Dakota have decided they are above the law and are plowing ahead with a plan to endorse a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

So far, the stunt isn’t exactly setting the Mount Rushmore State on fire. It started with an appeal from candidate Gordon Howie, a member of the South […] 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

Idaho’s state slogan is “Great Potatoes, Tasty Destinations.” I’d like to add a third item: “Scrumptious Church-State Decisions.”

In a major defeat for the Religious Right, a federal court in Idaho has ruled that public charter schools have no constitutional right to use the Bible as part of their curriculum.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge held Monday that […] Read More

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

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

Church Politicking

Last month, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Gainesville, Fla., church that waded into partisan politics in a mayoral race.

Dove World Outreach Center erected a sign on its property reading, “No Homo Mayor.” The reference is to Craig Lowe, a mayoral candidate who is gay. Terry Jones, senior pastor at the church, […] Read More

Church Politicking

Samuel Beckett, one of my favorite writers, had a lot to say about human nature and the inevitable repetition of inane life experiences. In Waiting for Godot, Krapp’s Last Tape and Endgame, the protagonists in Beckett’s most famous pieces are static creatures of habit; each repeats the same stale cycle of events, expecting a variation in circumstance. But invariably, each […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

If you need a reminder of how important church-state separation is, read Joel McDurmon’s chilling essay “A Perfect Hatred.”

McDurmon is director of research for American Vision (AV), a Georgia-based Religious Right outfit that seeks to replace our constitutional democracy with a government built around an ultra-fundamentalist reading of the Bible. These “Christian Reconstructionists” often say publicly what […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Jan. 16 is Religious Freedom Day. As American holidays go, this one tends to be overlooked. It’s not even listed on my desk calendar.

That’s a shame, because Religious Freedom Day commemorates an important event: passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This landmark legislation, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and maneuvered through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, became […] Read More

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