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Focus' Hocus Pocus: Religious Right Group Not So Kinder And Gentler After All

A few months ago, it seemed Focus on the Family may have been coming around to – dare I say it? – a refreshingly moderate outlook.

Jim Daly recently took over president and chief executive responsibilities from James Dobson, the founder of the Religious Right outfit.

Back in June, while visiting Washington to participate in President Barack Obama's White House initiative on fatherhood, Daly praised Obama for his family values.

Pastor Of Hate: When Religious Right Rhetoric Goes Too Far

By now, many of you have heard about the preacher in Tempe, Ariz., who is praying for the death of President Barack Obama.

Thanks to You Tube, Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church has become kind of famous. Anderson's recent "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon has attracted wide attention.

Gohmert's Goof: Where Faith And Politics Shouldn't Interact

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently appeared at a forum in Texas where he talked about how his personal faith interacts with politics.

Gohmert got off on the wrong track right away.

"This country," he insisted, "is founded on Christian principles by our founding fathers. It's the same principles that have taught all of us tolerance in the political process."

Well, no.

Frequent Flyer: Louisiana Governor Jets To Church – At Taxpayer Expense

Bobby Jindal continues to "jet set" across Louisiana.

By jet, I of course mean helicopter – one funded entirely by taxpayers.

As the Wall of Separation noted last fall, the Louisiana governor spent $180,000 in taxpayer funds during his first eight months in office to travel by a State Police helicopter to many of the same churches he visited while on his campaign trail.

Dependency Issue: Almighty Constitution Trumps Legislature's God Mandate, Says Ky. Judge

On Wednesday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled unconstitutional a 2006 state law that required the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to stress "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the commonwealth."

October Surprise: The Day Sen. Kennedy Laid Down The (Church-State) Law At Liberty University

U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy certainly led an interesting life. Known as a champion of the poor and downtrodden, he was also a powerful advocate for religious liberty and church-state separation who was adept at forging unlikely alliances with conservative Republicans.

One of the more unusual episodes in Kennedy's life occurred on Oct. 3, 1983, when the senator spoke at what was then known as Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Va. -- now Liberty University.

That's right – Kennedy once gave a major address at the Rev. Jerry Falwell's school!

Staver Palaver: Falwell Law School's Mean Dean Defames Americans United

Is Americans United for Separation of Church and State "one of the most dangerous organizations in America"?

Mat Staver seems to think so.

Staver, dean of the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University Law School and president of Liberty Counsel, went on a tiresome tirade about AU in today's edition of One News Now, the wacky Wildmon family's "news service."

What could have provoked Staver's ire?

Houston Chapter to Host Dr. Barbara Forrest

If you live near Houston you won't want to miss the Houston AU Chapter's September 12 event featuring Dr. Barbara Forrest.  The program begins at 10:00 AM, at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway.  

Lesson From Boston: Let's Not Exile Religious Dissenter Anne Hutchinson Again

My family and I enjoyed a nice vacation last week in Boston and its environs. The weather was clear, and the days were full.

We spent some time at the beach, but like dads everywhere, I made sure to mix a little education in with our recreation. Thus, we trooped along Boston's celebrated "Freedom Trail" (in 96-degree heat!), visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord and spent a day in Salem.

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