Posts Tagged ‘California’

Elections

Yesterday was primary election day in a number of states. Several candidates who ran on platforms bashing church-state separation fared poorly.

Here are some results that might be of interest:

In South Dakota, state Sen. Gordon Howie openly encouraged pastors to endorse him from the pulpit. One or two ministers did so, insisting that churches have the right to intervene […] 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

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Two weeks ago, I wrote about R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, Calif. Parris found himself in a bit of a hot spot when, during a speech to religious leaders, he asserted, “We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that.”

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn called on Parris to […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, Calif., is laboring under the delusion that his city is an officially “Christian community.” Americans United is trying to set him straight.

Parris sparked controversy a few days ago when, during a state of the city address, he remarked, “We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that.”

Parris went […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, how do you celebrate it – as a religious or a secular holiday? Maybe you do a little bit of both. Perhaps you celebrate the Solstice. Maybe you celebrate another holiday or do nothing at all.

I’m glad we have the choice about what to do at the time of year. But I’m troubled […] 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

Election '08, Marriage & Sexuality

Last Wednesday morning, I woke up to the disappointment that California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, was most likely going to succeed.

Many of my Californian friends were shocked that the usually progressive state they live in actually passed a measure that overturned the California Supreme Court’s decision ensuring that gays and lesbians have the constitutional […] Read More

Election '08, James Dobson, Marriage & Sexuality

Look out, California, the Religious Right is bringing out the big guns!

That is, James Dobson of the Focus on the Family broadcasting empire has accepted an invitation to attend a prayer rally in San Diego this Saturday as the Religious Right’s last attempt to pass Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that would deprive gays and lesbians of the right […] Read More

Church Politicking

Yesterday, I sat in on a conference call sponsored by Concerned Women for America (CWA), and the leaders of California’s ProtectMarriage campaign. Not surprisingly, I heard some interesting commentary, to say the least.

The call was led by Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa who is the leader and initiator of Proposition 8. If that […] Read More

Religious Right Research

The folks at the Alliance Defense Fund seem to think voters vote best when they have no clue what they are voting on.

In California, voters will cast ballots in November on Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that, as the title states, “Eliminates the Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.”

Lawyers for the […] Read More

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