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South Dakota Scofflaw: Rapid City Pastor Tries To Backpedal On Candidate Endorsement

Yesterday Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a South Dakota church whose pastor openly admitted that he endorsed a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

The Rev. H. Wayne Williams of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle in Rapid City hasn’t been shy about what he did. In fact, state Sen. Gordon Howie, the candidate Williams endorsed during a May 16 church service, sent out a press release bragging about it.

Howie had challenged churches to endorse him and was ecstatic when one did.

Twitter Jitters: Ill. Congressman’s Bible Tweets Raise Church-State Worries

If I lived in southern Illinois and wanted a lesson in Christianity, like most people, I’d consult a Christian pastor, priest or theologian.

I definitely wouldn’t think to consult U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) or any other politician for that matter. Yet Shimkus seems to think he can be a one-stop shop – serving as not just a political representative but also a religious leader.

Why else would he bother to tweet  Bible verses daily on his official Twitter page and quote Scripture passages on his official Facebook account?

Clinical Trial: Taxpayer Funds Supported Bachmann’s ‘Christ-Centered’ Counseling Effort

Prominent critic of church-state separation and Religious Right darling U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is back in the news.

According to the Minnesota Independent, Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, have used $30,000 in state funds since 2007 to run a counseling center that “uses counseling methods steeped in fundamentalist Christianity.”

Dominion v. Faithful Presence: Forces Battle For The Soul Of Evangelicalism

Should religion be politicized? Polls show that the vast majority of Americans don’t think so.

Unfortunately, an aggressive contingent of Religious Right activists disagrees.

In a recent issue of the Pentecostal magazine Charisma, charismatic religious leaders offered their vision of life for the church in 2020. Some had “visions” that would be a nightmare for the rest of us.

Tainted Textbooks: California Acts To Keep Warped History Out Of Its Social Studies Classes

In the wake of the Texas State Board of Education’s vote adding “Christian nation” baloney and other far-right concepts to social studies standards, there has been much speculation about how other states might be affected.

The thinking goes like this: Texas is a big state that purchases a lot of textbooks. Books that are tailored to meet Texas’ demands could end up in other states.

How likely is this to happen? Some commentators say the fear is overblown, asserting that in the age of digital publishing, it’s actually not hard to produce special “Texas editions” of books.

Judges And The Ballot Box: Religious Right Intervention In Judicial Election Sparks Controversy

California seems to be the breeding ground for lots of new ideas – some good and some not so good.

Back in the early 1990s, Religious Right activists in the Golden State got it into their heads to promote “stealth candidates.” The idea was that fundamentalist Christians would run for local office stressing themes like low taxation and fiscal responsibility. They kept their extreme views on social issues hidden.

Bits And Pieces: A Roundup Of News You Might Have Missed

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for our semi-regular feature of news about church-state separation and the Religious Right that you might have missed. Be warned, some of the stories this week are about sex!

  • Opposition to gays serving in the military continues to crumble as Congress moves to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the Clinton years. The Religious Right is in quite a lather over this.

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