I've been looking over the speakers' list for the Family Research Council's "Values Voter Summit" that takes place this weekend.
A lot the names are familiar. If I have to listen to Michael Medved, Star Parker or Laura Ingraham one more time I'm going to scream. Really, aren't there enough right-wing extremists in this country so we could have a little variety?
Here's what really gets me: They call this thing the "Values Voter Summit," so one would think it might have something to do with the promotion of values. Think again. Consider some of the speakers: Read more
If I were a lawyer working for the Alliance Defense Fund, saying my week was off to a bad start would be the biggest understatement of my career.
The prominent Religious Right legal group seems to have landed itself in some deep trouble after spending the last few weeks encouraging churches across the country to violate federal tax law on Sept. 28 by endorsing candidates from the pulpit. Read more
A Columbus, Ohio, minister has come up with a great idea to counter Religious Right propaganda about churches and partisan politics.
On Sept. 21, the Rev. Eric Williams, senior pastor of North Congregational United Church of Christ, is calling on pastors throughout the country to preach sermons on the importance of church-state separation. The action comes exactly one week ahead of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," an Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) scheme to draw churches into illegal electioneering. Read more
Yesterday I received a call from an Associated Press reporter in Anchorage who wanted to talk about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's use of religious rhetoric.
A video surfaced recently of Palin, now the Republican vice presidential nominee, giving a speech to a group of ministry students at her former church, the Wasilla Assembly of God. During the talk, Palin said the war in Iraq reflects God's will – but she didn't stop there. Apparently, God's will also includes the building of a natural gas pipeline in the state. Read more
At the end of this week, the Republican National Convention will come to a close and move the 2008 election season into its final months.
With the new VP picks on the tickets and the buzz surrounding the conventions, it wouldn't be surprising if more religious leaders have the urge to spout off on their picks for the president (and vice president) from the pulpit. Read more
The announcement by Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant has drawn an interesting response from the Religious Right: It's no big deal.
James Dobson of Focus on the Family issued a statement lauding the Palins and asserting, "Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord." Read more
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have launched a new campaign called the 40/40 Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. On the surface, it sounds pretty harmless: register people to vote, pray and work to get people to the polls. Read more
Denver's Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says he is "tired of people telling religious folks to be quiet in the public square because of constitutional questions of separation of church and state."
And it looks as though the Democratic Party might be tired of hearing from Chaput. Despite being the leader of Colorado's largest religious denomination, Chaput will not be among the religious leaders praying or speaking this week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Read more