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Cross Theft Lesson: Government Neutrality On Religion Helps Prevent Interfaith Conflict

Earlier this week, we heard reports that someone had stolen the Latin cross that was the subject of the recent Supreme Court decision, Salazar v. Buono.

As you may recall, Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an opinion that likely paves the way for the religious symbol to remain in the Mojave National Preserve. He said that the cross was not merely a religious symbol, but could serve as a memorial for all those who have fought for our country.

Faith-Based Fibber?: Liberty U. Seminary President Accused Of Fabricating Life Story

The last time we heard from Ergun Caner, the president of Liberty University’s seminary, he was riding around his Lynchburg, Va., campus on Election Day in a truck (accompanied by a GOP elephant made out of chicken wire) urging students to vote for Republican candidates.

Americans United asserted that Caner’s overt electioneering was just another example of the fundamentalist school’s determination to push candidates favored by Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., despite a federal law that forbids tax-exempt religious institutions from intervening in partisan politics.

Palin Palaver: Constitution Based On Bible, Former Alaska Governor Tells O’Reilly

Once again, Sarah Palin has got it all wrong.

Last week, the former Alaskan governor appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to correct the “nonsense” she was hearing over the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day Of Prayer: Despite Court Ruling, The Religious Right’s Public Piety Pageant Goes On

Today is the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer (NDP), and despite a recent federal court decision ruling the day unconstitutional, it must still go on.

Rage Against Falwell’s Political Machine: Liberty Chancellor’s Efforts To Takeover Lynchburg Fail

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s attempts to forge Liberty University students into a dominant political machine and take over the city of Lynchburg (Va.) have been thwarted – for now.

In Lynchburg’s municipal elections yesterday, a slate of candidates closely aligned with Falwell fared poorly, and a Liberty University student who ran for a spot on the city council came in last.

Kinder, Gentler? Naw!: Focus Founder Dobson Launches New ‘Family’ Broadcast

Bust out your radios, kiddies, because Dr. James Dobson has returned to the airwaves.

You might recall that Dobson, founder of the Religious Right powerhouse Focus on the Family (FOF), announced last year that he planned to retire from the group and cease his daily radio broadcasts.