I headed up to New York City this weekend to visit with some friends from college, but before I arrived, I made sure to let them know that on Saturday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., I had to watch the interviews the Rev. Rick Warren was holding with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at his evangelical mega-church.
To that, of course, my 27-year-old friends said, "What?! Why are they doing that at a church?" Followed by, "I will not be watching that. You're on your own." Read more
Most political observers will be watching the Rev. Rick Warren's Saddleback Church tomorrow evening, where Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are scheduled to take part in a presidential forum on faith and values.
The Saddleback event is not a debate, and McCain and Obama won't appear on stage at the same time. But both men are expected to answer a number of questions about how their personal religious views might affect their time in office. Read more
The University of California won a major victory last week when a federal court upheld the university's decision to deny credit for several Christian high school courses because they were too narrow and not rigorous enough to meet entrance requirements.
It's good to know that there are some members and supporters of Focus on the Family (FOF) who do not believe God is petty and vindictive.
These FOF backers spoke up recently after Stuart Shepard, FOF's director of digital media, made a short video for the Religious Right group's Web site urging people to pray for rain during Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. Obama plans to give the speech outdoors at Denver's Mile High Stadium, so rain would be very unwelcome. Read more
I'm always amazed at the hatred the Religious Right aims at America's public school system.
Last Thursday, Concerned Women for America (CWA) sent out an email with the subject line: "Please Help Our Children." At first, I thought maybe the group had come up some sort of assistance program for needy youngsters.
What an incredibly foolish thought!
The folks at the Alliance Defense Fund seem to think voters vote best when they have no clue what they are voting on.
In California, voters will cast ballots in November on Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that, as the title states, "Eliminates the Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry."
Even after 28 years of work at Americans United, I am still amazed and appalled at the misinformation, intolerance and just plain of meanness that often erupts when church-state issues appear in the public square. Read more
Sally Kern, a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, says she has been called by God to be a cultural warrior.
Kern, a Religious Right favorite known for her strident attacks on gay people and insistence that her version of Christianity is the only true faith, told the Cleveland County Republican Luncheon Club recently that God urged her to run for office. Read more
The White House is apparently a heavenly place to pick up some free travel, courtesy of religious lobbying groups.
According to a recent article in The Hill, White House travel records show that churches and other religious entities paid for close to a quarter of the privately funded trips taken by White House aides since late 2006. Read more