Posts Tagged ‘Iowa’

Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Religiously tinged oaths are a pretty common feature of American life. Anyone who has watched a courtroom drama on television has probably seen witnesses being sworn in on a Bible, vowing to tell the truth “so help me, God.”

Elected officials are often sworn in with similar oaths. Interestingly, nothing in the Constitution requires this. Article II, Sect. 1 of […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in the Workplace

A situation in Des Moines, Iowa, this week has painted a perfect picture of what could happen if Religious Right forces succeed in their push for overly broad “religious accommodation” laws for the workplace.

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) currently displays ads on all of its buses. Most recently, the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have purchased space on […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Is the Religious Right a spent force in American politics?

Ask U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

According to The Washington Times, “Evangelical Christians in Iowa, dominant in the state’s Republican Party, have denied…Grassley his request for a place on the state’s delegation to this summer’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.”

Times political writer Ralph Hallow reported yesterday […] Read More

Church Politicking, Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion

With the Iowa caucuses just a week a way, two Hawkeye State leaders have tackled the increasingly problematic mixing of religion and politics in the presidential race.

Writing in the Des Moines Register, former Democratic lieutenant governor Sally Pederson and former Republican lieutenant governor Joy Corning challenged the misuse of faith by political candidates.

“We both are political people,” Pederson […] Read More