The Alliance Defense Fund and other reckless Religious Right groups have relentlessly pushed evangelical churches to go political, but they don’t seem to be having much luck.
What would theocracy look like if it ever came to America?
Perhaps it would involve government agents working on behalf of a preferred religious group and ferreting out religious dissenters. It’s a scary thought, but what’s scarier is that this already has happened in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a report by the Associated Baptist Press.
The theocrats who yearn to take away our freedoms and run our lives according to their strict fundamentalist dogma are nothing if not resourceful. They’re always thinking up new strategies.
Case in point is a group called Personhood USA, a new entry in the world of the Religious Right. The organization’s theory is that it can ban legal abortion by passing state constitutional amendments declaring that a fertilized egg is legally a person.
A Tennessee public school has done the right thing and agreed to stop broadcasting Christian prayers over the loudspeaker at football games and graduation ceremonies.
After students complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the group sent a letter to school officials asking them to discontinue the unconstitutional practice.
Hamilton County Schools Superintendent issued an order to halt the prayers, and yesterday Soddy-Daisy High School Principal John Maynard promised that he would.
It’s almost Halloween, so you know what that means: It’s time for the Religious Right to start carping about the “war on Christmas.”
Actually, Religious Right groups are getting a bit of a late start this year. In previous years, they’ve actually started their seasonal whine-fest as early as August.
But no fear – things are on track for another lucrative year for the Religious Right’s “Christmas police” who obsess over what we say and how we celebrate the December holiday.
Have you ever wanted the opportunity to just get church-state concerns that bother you most off your chest? Well, the Indiana AU Chapter is giving you that chance on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 7 PM.
When the “moment of silence” bill first came up for vote in the Illinois legislature years ago, some House members sang a song on the floor to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.” It went:
Hello, school prayer, our old friend
It’s time to vote on you again
In our school house without warning
You seek a moment in the morning.
The words made very clear these legislators’ intent in proposing the measure: to bring government-sponsored prayer back into the public schools.
It must be hard to be a non-believer in Texas. Not only do you have to put up with the bizarre antics of the fundamentalist-dominated State Board of Education, but now you can’t even express your support for the state without also affirming the existence of God.
In 2007, Texas legislators modified the state’s pledge of allegiance to include the phrase “under God.” (Yep, it’s hard to believe, but until just three years ago, the entire state of Texas was officially heathen!)
The Religious Right’s relentless campaign to politicize America’s pulpits may take another step forward this weekend.
According to the Minnesota Independent, two of the state’s pastors say they will endorse political candidates from the pulpit this Sunday, directly defying the federal tax law that prohibits churches and other non-profits from becoming involved with elections.
I take it as a given that people who want to preach should do it on their own time and their own dime. You have no right to use government resources to spread religious messages.
I was pleased to see this principle affirmed recently by a federal court in Louisiana.
A minister named Beulah Moore sued the Metropolitan Human Service District, asserting that the Louisiana government agency had violated her religious rights by ordering her to stop preaching to clients.