Presidential hopefuls are in a frenzy this year to win support from "people of faith." Political strategists tell them that support from "values voters" is crucial, and candidates are willing, it seems, to beg, steal and borrow to get that backing. Read more
Is there too much talk about religion in this year's presidential race?
On Tuesday, three Democratic candidates appeared at an event sponsored by Jim Wallis' Sojourners. Billed as a forum on "Faith, Values and Poverty" and televised on CNN, the discussion featured questions about a few political issues but also religious inquiries of a rather personal nature. Read more
Yesterday "The Wall of Separation" noted that the Internal Revenue Service has issued a new report on questionable political activity by non-profit groups and a new revenue ruling giving guidance in this area.
The IRS is once again reminding non-profits that they may not legal intervene in partisan campaigns by endorsing or opposing candidates. Over the past few years, the IRS has repeatedly issued reports and warnings like this. Read more
The pressure on houses of worship to expend resources in support of political campaigns has intensified over many years now even in the face of ramped-up efforts by the federal government to curb illegal church-based politicking. Read more
Malaysia's highest federal court earlier this week refused to recognize the conversion of a Muslim-born woman to Christianity. The panel ruled 2-1 that the decision was beyond the secular court's discretion.
Lina Joy, 43, converted from Islam to Roman Catholicism in 1998. Her troubles began shortly thereafter when she tried to change her religious affiliation on her national identification card. Because Islam requires adherents to marry within the faith, Joy would not be allowed to wed her Catholic fiancée if she was registered as a Muslim. Read more
The implosion of the Alabama chapter of the Christian Coalition last year has sparked some interesting fallout. The two sides are now in court battling over assets and flinging inflammatory charges at one another.
In August of 2006, "The Wall of Separation" reported that John Giles, head of the Alabama Christian Coalition, decided the national group was losing relevance and jumped ship. Giles formed a new organization, Christian Action Alabama. Read more
It's good to know that TV preacher Pat Robertson isn't the only one who gets messages from God these days. The Almighty has also been talking to Tom DeLay, the former majority leader of the House of Representatives.
God is apparently worried about the rough patch the Republican Party is going through, and he's tapped DeLay to fix it up.
DeLay explains it all in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Read more
On the heels of an Americans United complaint, the U.S. Air Force and Army are distancing themselves from an evangelical Christian event to be held this Memorial Day weekend.
Promotional material about the three-day "Salute to the Troops" celebration strongly implied that it was co-sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and Army alongside several evangelical groups: Task Force Patriot USA (TFP), Lifeway Christian Stores and Holman Bible Outreach International. Read more