Posts Tagged ‘government-sponsored prayer’

Church Politicking

Some residents of Henderson County, N.C., seem determined to fight unnecessary battles.

According to news reports, the Henderson County Commission held a meeting last night to hear from the community and take a final vote on whether its monthly meetings should continue to open with sectarian invocations.

The commissioners wanted to address the issue in light of a federal […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Schools

This past weekend, I attended my sister’s graduation ceremony at the University of Michigan, where President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address.

The Ann Arbor ceremony included a variety of speeches welcoming the students, their families and the president. Some speeches were inspiring, others were congratulatory and most contained a good deal of school spirit. (Being a Buckeye myself, hearing […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion

With all the hoopla last week over the federal court decision striking down the National Day of Prayer, Americans United knew the Religious Right would be putting pressure on their allies in Congress to take action.

As predicted, U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, has introduced two resolutions in the House in […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Jonathan Falwell, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

This weekend, for the first time since I have lived here, I found myself at a Washington-area Hindu temple.

That’s because my parents were in town, and when my mom visits, it’s on the top of her to-do list. So to satisfy my mother, and my religious quota for a while, I spent 10 to 15 minutes at a local […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

The Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation yesterday that would allow state police chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus Christ at public events, despite federal appeals court decisions that have banned such prayers.

The legislation stems from some delegates’ outrage over what they saw as “forced” resignations by six police chaplains in September. The chaplains stepped down after […] Read More

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