By Nate Hennagin
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.”
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.
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?”
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."
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.
By Nate Hennagin
On Friday, in a slim 7-6 decision, the Texas State Board of Education passed a resolution that purports to correct alleged “pro-Islam/anti-Christian” language in public school textbooks. The inflammatory resolution is another example of the SBOE putting politics before education and only adds more fuel to anti-Islam rhetoric.
It’s the debate that never ends – thanks to an aggressive minority that insists religious beliefs belong in the science classroom.
California public school teacher Mark Ferrante belongs in that group. According to the Modesto Bee, Ferrante recently announced that he planned to teach the latest variant of creationism, “intelligent design” (ID), alongside evolution at Modesto’s Roosevelt Junior High, sparking quite the community discussion.
Last week, Americans United urged Army officials to cancel an evangelistic event at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Unfortunately, we found out about this rather late. The complaint came in on Thursday, and “Rock The Fort” was scheduled for Saturday. AU’s Legal Department swung into gear with a strong letter to military officials, but it was not enough; they refused to cancel the event.
NORTH SHORE (IL)AU
Rounding out the month, the North Shore AU chapter will host an event on September 30 to discuss the next strategies in the evolution/creationism wars. Chapter president Matt Lowry recently had an opportunity to go "into the lion's den" and attend a talk by Casey Luskin, Fellow of the Discovery Institute. Matt will share the information he picked up from this event, and from recent research, on what the Discovery Institute's next assault against science and the church-state separation wall might be.
The program takes place Thursday, September 30th, from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Northbrook Public Library in the Pollack Room. The library is located at 1202 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL. The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. If you live in the Chicago area you won't want to miss this!