Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Freedom of Religion, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

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

Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

An unusual story began making the rounds on right-wing Web sites last week. It seems a second grader in a Taunton, Mass., public school had been suspended for drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross.

As the Taunton Daily Gazette reported, a class at Maxham Elementary School was supposedly given an assignment to make a Christmas-themed drawing. One 9-year-old […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Right Research

It’s 11 days until Christmas and as each day goes by, we continue to hear more “War on Christmas” rants from the Religious Right.

The latest comes out of Alvarado, Texas, where a pastor plans to put on a production called “A Politically Correct Christmas.”

Pastor Rick Hope of the First Baptist Church of Lillian told the Alvarado Post […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Yesterday was the 350th anniversary of the hanging of two Quakers by the Puritan establishment in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson had come from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution. But on Oct. 27, 1659, they became the first Quakers in America to be executed because of their religious beliefs.

These men paid with their […] Read More

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

Note: This blog post is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Christmas Day, 2007. Happy Holidays to all!

It’s Christmas. Some Americans are observing this day by attending religious services, others are celebrating in a mostly secular fashion while still others aren’t making note of it at all.

What could be better than to have the right […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Note: This opinion column by Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, ran in the Vacaville (Calif.) Reporter on Dec. 12, under the title “Let’s End This War on Christmas.”

Christmas is supposed to be a season of peace, love and goodwill. I have to wonder, then, why some conservative religious groups persist in using this time of year […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

My 10-year-old son and I spent last night at a Halloween pumpkin carving contest. We had about half an hour to come up with a design, and despite our less-than-stellar knife skills, managed to win a ribbon for “Most Unusual Nose.” (Based on the number of ribbons I saw, I suspect this was one of those contests where everyone got […] Read More

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