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It’s Their (Tea) Party – And The Religious Right Is Invited: Poll Shows Movements Closely Linked

A new poll confirms what a lot of us have suspected for a while now: The Tea Party and the Religious Right are more or less in sync.

The poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found that nearly half (47 percent) of Tea Party activists consider themselves part of the Religious Right. They are also overwhelming Christian, with 81 percent identifying with that faith.

Joy To The World!: High Court Lets School Officials Make Decisions About Holiday Music

I happen to like Christmas music. My collection includes everything from a version of Handel’s "Messiah" by the Choir of King’s College to Jean Ritchie singing "Brightest and Best." (I don’t have a cut of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"; you have to draw the line somewhere.)

But I don’t demand that the government provide my music for me or insist that the Constitution requires public officials to do so.

Rev. Barry Lynn Keynotes Austin AU Event

The Austin Chapter of Americans United, along with the Texas Freedom Network, Equality Across America, and Center For Inquiriy - Austin Chapter, presents Rev. Barry Lynn speaking about "Church & State Under Obama...and Beyond”

San Antonio AU Hosts Barry Lynn

Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, will take part in "My Faith and My Government: When Should They Mix?" -- an event taking place October 16th, from 1-8 PM, in San Antonio.

Red Mass Mandate: Archbishop Advises High Court Justices About Religion And Government

Yesterday morning, I attended the Red Mass here in Washington along with five Supreme Court justices and Vice President Joe Biden. Okay, we weren’t in the same pew – they were in the front rows; I wasn’t.

But all of us heard Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, an American who now works at the Vatican, give a homily that instructed those in attendance on how they should feel about same-sex marriage, abortion and the dire threat of “humanism.”

Towey’s Hypocritical Hooey: Bush ‘Faith Czar’ Complains About Politicization Of White House Faith-Based Office

James Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush, had an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal recently carping because President Barack Obama has used his administration’s “faith-based” offices to let Americans know about the new health-care law.

Towey says if he had politicized his office that way, Bush would have fired him.

Oh, now that is rich.

Celebrating Choice: Obama Professes Faith In Christianity – And American Religious Liberty

President Barack Obama got it right on Tuesday.

When he was asked about his Christian faith at an event in Albuquerque, N.M., he said he has his own personal religious beliefs but recognizes that other Americans have theirs.

The question was posed by a woman at a backyard conversation, one of a series of meetings Obama is holding to talk informally with Americans. She asked him, “Why are you a Christian?”

Orange County (CA) Chapter Hosts Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

On Saturday, October 16th, at 2:00 PM Orange County AU will host Dean Erwin Chemerinsky speaking on "The Supreme Court and the Future of Church-State Separation."

One of Dean Chemerinsky's longstanding causes has been the separation of church and state. He represented plaintiffs who sought to remove granite Ten Commandments from the Texas State Capitol.  He supports abortion rights and was on the board of the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union for a decade.

He has also favored removing the words "under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chemerinsky opposed Prop. 8 and said allowing it to pass would be an "incalculable blow to progress."

Pop Quiz: Americans Flunk Test On Religion In Public Schools

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life yesterday released the results of a quiz on religion it gave to about 3,400 Americans. The results are being much discussed on the Web, chiefly because Pew found that atheists and agnostics did better on the 32-question test than evangelicals, Catholics and mainline Protestants.

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