On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress released its new book: Debating the Divine. A collection of short essays, the book explores the role of religion in shaping our national policies and our public identity. Coinciding with the announcement of the release, the center sponsored a panel in order to give essayists the opportunity to defend their work. Read more
Thanks to a strong push by the Bush administration, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded part of a $1.2 million grant to an evangelical Christian organization, Victory Outreach, whose mission is to carry "the hope and message of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the earth," ABC News has reported.
The other part of the $1.2 million was awarded to a consulting firm run by Lisa Trevino Cummins, who previously headed Hispanic outreach efforts for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Read more
Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson is at it again. Dobson grabbed newspaper headlines this morning with an attack on U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. According to Dobson, Obama holds a "fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution." Read more
In America, we separate church and state. Is it time – maybe past time – to apply that principle to marriage?
In an interesting article carried by the Associated Baptist Press (ABP) this week, Washington correspondent Rob Marus draws attention to the entanglement between religion and government inherent in the conflict over who should be allowed to marry. Read more
Along with ensuring religious liberty, the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech. Thanks to the Internet, people can exercise their freedom of speech faster than ever, and Americans United heard from a bevy of them yesterday after we filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against the state's new "I Believe" license plate. Read more
Most Americans accept the theory of evolution and actually favor teaching evolution over creationism or intelligent design in public school science classes, according to a new study conducted by a coalition of scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Associations and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Read more
A House Appropriations subcommittee voted yesterday to extend funding for another year to a school voucher program in the District of Columbia, despite two consecutive reports from the U.S. Department of Education that showed little to no improvement in the academic performance of students receiving the vouchers. Read more
Sunday was Father's Day. Like millions of men all over the country, I enjoyed a little extra attention from my family. I got cards from my daughter and son, and my wife made one of my favorite meals, topping it off with her sinfully decadent coconut cake.
Alas, this domestic bliss will soon be a thing of the past. The Family Research Council (FRC) has informed us that this could be the last Father's Day ever. Why? Because same-sex couples are allowed to marry in California! Read more
Hey, kids, it's time to go pick up your Bibles!
That was the implicit message to fifth-grade students at five Findlay, Ohio, elementary schools. Students took a field trip during school hours to pick up Bibles being handed out off campus by Gideons International, the Associated Press has reported. Read more