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Minnesota Miscreants: Pompous Preachers Say They Will Violate Federal Law Against Church Electioneering

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.

State-Paid Preaching Prohibited: Court Says No To Counselor Who Was Addicted To Proselytizing

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.

Graduating To A Better Understanding Of The Constitution: Public Ceremonies Shouldn't Be Held In Churches That Hate

Imagine the pride I felt this weekend when my 16-year-old daughter handed me a copy of her high school’s newspaper featuring the first two news stories she has written for that publication.

Silver Chips is an award-winning student newspaper, and I’m pleased that my daughter has joined the staff. I’ve explained to her that while print journalism isn’t exactly a growing profession these days, a person can usually always manage to make a living through writing. Someone will have to write all of that news online, after all.

Ridiculous Radio Rant: ‘Christian Nation’ Activist Calls For ‘Regulating’ Homosexuals

Just when you think you’ve heard the worst, you have to think again because hateful rhetoric is never ending when it comes to the Religious Right.

This time, the person spewing it is David Barton, the phony historian from Texas who serves as president of WallBuilders – a group that seeks to prove, against all evidence, that America was founded to be a “Christian nation.”

Jail Tale: South Carolina County Puts Religious Freedom Behind Bars

My first job in Washington, D.C., was with a non-profit that served the correctional community. In 1986, a bunch of us on the staff spent the night in a new state-of-the-art jail that had just been constructed in Prince George’s County, Md. We wore jail uniforms and ate dry sandwiches for dinner. The lights snapped off at 10 p.m. sharp and came back on at 6 the next morning.

That was my only brush with the correctional system – and it was enough.

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.

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