U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is not happy this holiday season.
He feels his religious beliefs have been snubbed now that his hometown has taken the word “Christmas” out of its seasonal parade and exchanged it for the word “holiday.”
“I feel like if they take Christ out, then take me out, too," said Inhofe, despite the fact that the parade is still replete with Christmas symbols and decorations.
By Nate Hennagin
On November 18, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the Faith-Based Initiative. As we reported, AU’s own Barry Lynn testified at the hearing along with Professor Douglas Laycock and Professor Melissa Rogers, who also served as chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Every now and then you read a smackdown that can only be called definitive.
I experienced one of those moments recently reading Kathleen Kennedy’s Townsend’s response to Sarah Palin’s recent observations about President John F. Kennedy’s views on religion and politics.
Did you send a contribution to the Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis so it could buy a new heating and cooling system?
You may think you didn’t – but you did. More accurately, your leaders in Washington, D.C., did it for you.
Politico reports today that at least $140 million of the $787 billion stimulus package passed in 2009 ended up in the coffers of “faith-based” groups – and that this was the result of deliberate effort by the administration of President Barack Obama.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear thinks it’s a good idea for his state to be the home of Noah’s Ark – one that will include dinosaurs!
Beshear announced yesterday his plan to provide tax incentives to the developers of a creationism theme park that will feature a replica of the well-known biblical boat.
It’s the first day of December, which means Christmas is coming up soon – and you know what that means: Yep, it’s time for the Religious Right and its allies to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace by lying about our public schools.
The tiresome pattern works like this: Someone tells a wild story about Christmas being banned in a public school. Religious Right legal groups get outraged. The Fox News Channel reports it without bothering to check if it’s true. Far-right bloggers have a field day.
We have some good news out of Oklahoma today. A federal judge has put a temporary stop to the so-called “Save Our State Amendment” – Oklahoma’s anti-Shariah amendment.
The measure, which passed with 70 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, revises the state constitution so that “courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia Law.”
Over the past few months, I’ve had several people call or e-mail to ask me if I know anything about a book titled The 5,000 Year Leap.
Disputes over religion in public schools are perennial. Some people, it seems, just won’t accept that fact that public schools are for teaching, not preaching.
Three recent developments bear watching.
First off, in Texas, the state legislature may be on the verge of another go-round in the ever-popular “let’s-display-the-Ten-Commandments-in-the-public-schools” crusade.