Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.
Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King’s memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.
Jan. 16 is National Religious Freedom Day.
The day was created by Congress in 1993, and every year the president issues a proclamation. (The 2011 proclamation hasn’t been released yet, but you can read the 2010 one here.) The day is designed to commemorate the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on Jan. 16, 1786.
This month, new officials across the country are taking office and getting ready for their chance to govern.
How they start off their term often sends a strong message about their respect for church-state separation and religious diversity. Unfortunately, some officials don’t bother to follow the constitutional principle at all.
We’ve written several times about the antics of John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who was accused of teaching creationism and promoting religion in class.
It took a while, but there is good news to report: Freshwater has been fired.
Lincoln D. Chafee may be new to the Rhode Island governor’s office, but he certainly isn’t new to the Constitution.
According to a report in the Providence Journal, Chafee did not follow in his predecessors’ footsteps by intermingling religion and government in his inaugural activities. Instead, the new governor chose not to hold an inaugural public prayer service on the morning of his swearing-in.
The Orange County chapter’s January event features Edward Tabash, Esq., speaking on: "The Religious Right, Stronger Than Ever." This presentation will focus on the resurgent power of the religious right and the looming threat of theocracy. Among the examples that will be given to demonstrate this dangerous march toward religious tyranny will be the assault on gay rights, along with other instances of the attempt to undo the modern secular state.
The event takes place on Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 PM, at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine
Let’s say you’re applying for a job. You would expect to be rated on your skills, work experience and abilities, education level and even your attitude.
What about your “spiritual fitness”?
Unless you’re applying to be the minister of a local church, it shouldn’t matter, right? What you believe (or don’t believe) about God would seem to have little bearing on your ability to work at a widget factory, do office work or sell cars.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life just released some interesting information about the 112th Congress.
Despite being vastly different politically from the 111th Congress, it’s not all that different religiously, according to Pew’s analysis. Nor are members’ religious affiliations much different than the general public.
Has the Religious Right gone green?