I graduated not so long ago from an all-male private high school, properly considered parochial, I’d say, for more than just its Catholic affiliation. And so, some of my freshest memories there date from the 2008 election.
For the past couple of days, Illinois Catholic Charities has been causing quite a stir.
The publicly funded religious agency, which provides foster-care and adoption services, wants to be exempt from placing children with same-sex couples. As of June 1, Illinois grants same-sex couples the right to form civil unions and, therefore, the right to jointly adopt.
Louisiana is a perfectly nice state with a lot of good people in it – but some of the state’s legislators and public officials don’t seem to get it when it comes to separation of church and state.
The Pelican State has repeatedly passed laws that mix religion and government. Over the years, several laws have been passed designed to promote creationism – the most recent effort being a so-called “science education act” that attempts to bring anti-evolutionism in through schoolhouse backdoors.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is headed to the football stadium, but he’s already out of bounds.
Perry, a well-known Religious Right panderer, has proclaimed Aug. 6 to be an official day of prayer and fasting and is urging Christians to ask God for the “[h]ealing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.”
I spent the day on Friday at Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing here in Washington, D.C.
The list of speakers included many presidential hopefuls, congressional leaders and Religious Right strategists who came to stir their base into action.
I’ve got nothing against faith, and I’m all about freedom. But I don’t have any use for Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition.
As my colleague Rob Boston reported yesterday, the FFC is in Washington, D.C., today and tomorrow to hear from presidential hopefuls and top members of Congress. According to the group’s website, the FFC exists to preserve “the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us.”
You may have noticed yesterday that American United’s attorneys succeeded in their efforts to stop a public school in Texas from mandating official prayers as part of graduation.
If you’re a regular reader of “The Wall of Separation,” you know that we’ve written several posts on the so-called “Ark Park” planned for Grant County, Ky.
State officials have agreed to give more than $40 million in various forms of tax breaks and incentives to a group of Christian fundamentalist entrepreneurs who want to build a type of theme park centered around a replica of Noah’s Ark. Among the backers is Answers in Genesis, a prominent creationist ministry run by Ken Ham.
I have what the Religious Right calls a “traditional family.” My wife and I have been married for nearly 20 years and have two children. The four of us live (along with two cats) in a house in the suburbs. From a demographic point of view, we couldn’t be less interesting.
But I’m keenly aware that not all families are like mine – and it doesn’t take more than a walk around my neighborhood to prove that.