Posts Tagged ‘christian nation’

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Sarah Palin has once again demonstrated that she just doesn’t know much about basic American principles.

The erstwhile Alaska governor, speaking in Louisville, Ky., Friday night at a women’s religious conference, blasted a federal judge in Wisconsin for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. She also indirectly criticized President Barack Obama, who on more than one […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Schools

The social studies war in Texas continues to rage.

According to today’s Houston Chronicle, those reviewing the state’s social studies curriculum are deeply divided on what our Founding Fathers intended when it comes to church-state separation.

Peter Marshall, one of the Religious Right-aligned “experts” on the review panel, told the Chronicle, “You can’t properly tell American history unless you […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently appeared at a forum in Texas where he talked about how his personal faith interacts with politics.

Gohmert got off on the wrong track right away.

“This country,” he insisted, “is founded on Christian principles by our founding fathers. It’s the same principles that have taught all of us tolerance in the political […] Read More

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

Church-State Milestones, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, This Day in History

The partisan pugilists over at Fox News Channel have been howling about President Barack Obama’s insistence that America is a pluralistic nation that respects all faiths.

Obama, you may recall, said during his recent visit to Turkey that the United States is “a secular country that is respectful of religious freedom, respectful of rule of law, respectful of freedom….” […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

The United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Nothing in the Constitution grants Christianity favored status. In fact, Article VI bans religious tests for federal office, and the First Amendment bars laws “respecting an establishment of religion” while protecting “the free exercise thereof” – for all faiths.

It’s good to hear political leaders remind us of this fact […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Religious Right extremists and their allies in Congress just won’t let up on their crusade to make the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) a showcase of “Christian nation” propaganda.

In February, I wrote an article for Church & State about Religious Right attacks on the Capitol Visitor Center. Various groups assailed the new facility for not having enough religious content. […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

I love how Religious Right activists consider any historical reference to religion as evidence of our country’s “Christian heritage” – even when those references point in the exact opposite direction.

Consider Sheriff Tim Gobble of Bradley County, Tenn. For some reason, Sheriff Gobble has decided to branch out from his job of arresting lawbreakers and dabble as an amateur historian. […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Sally Kern, a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, says she has been called by God to be a cultural warrior.

Kern, a Religious Right favorite known for her strident attacks on gay people and insistence that her version of Christianity is the only true faith, told the Cleveland County Republican Luncheon Club recently that God urged her […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

For years, Americans United has battled with Religious Right pseudo-historians about whether the United States was founded to be a “Christian nation.” Religious Right activists have cited quotes by Founding Fathers that AU claims are either wrenched from context or fabricated. AU has argued that if our nation was meant to be officially Christian, the Constitution would say that.

Now […] Read More