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Jesus Who?: Okla. Official Says Publicly Funded Statue Isn't Necessarily Christ

To some, maybe it's just a sculpture of a middle-aged bearded man in shepherd's clothing holding a baby and playing with children.

To everyone else, including the sculptor, it's Jesus Christ.

Yet the Edmond Visual Arts Commission approved $3,900 in taxpayer funds to purchase this statue to display in front of a Catholic gift shop in Edmund, Okla. (See the statue here.) Read more

God In Lompoc: California Community Battles Over Symbolic Nod To God

Religious Right-driven skirmishes over the role of religion in public life continue to roil communities around California.

In the latest battle, the Lompoc City Council voted 4-1 this week to post "In God We Trust" at two spots in City Hall. According to the Santa Maria Times, the religious affirmation will be displayed on the speaker's podium and on a lobby wall outside Council chambers. Read more

Lone Star Assignment: Texas Scientists Do Their Homework To Get Sound Biology Education

Scientists in Texas are speaking up, hopefully in time to protect the state's science education from the Religious Right.

The Texas Board of Education is currently considering a new science curriculum. Heading up the board is Don McLeroy (R-Bryan), a creationist who opposes an academic working group's suggestion to remove the current requirement that "strengths and weakness" of all scientific theories be taught in biology classes. Read more

Focus On The Flip-Flop: Dobson Decides To Endorse McCain After All

Back in the fall of 2007, I attended the Family Research Council's "Values Voter Summit." The Republican presidential field was quite crowded then, and all of the major contenders showed up to seek the Religious Right's support.

Some were received with more enthusiasm than others. Mike Huckabee was a big hit, while Fred Thompson fizzled. The reaction to U.S. Sen. John McCain was polite but restrained. Read more

Red Mass Goes Mild: Catholic Hierarchy Lowers Lobbying Level For High Court Justices

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Today is the first Monday in October—the day when the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session for a new term. Read more

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