Remember the Promise Keepers? The evangelical Christian men's organization was all the rage among the Religious Right in the mid to late 1990s. Headed by Bill McCartney, a former University of Colorado football coach, Promise Keepers vowed to usher in a new wave of fundamentalist Christian evangelism that would sweep the nation. Read more
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich continued his relatively recent conversion to spewing Religious Right rhetoric with a speech about secularism run amok over the weekend at Liberty University.
Before his death last week, TV preacher Jerry Falwell had invited Gingrich to give this year's commencement address. As media outlets noted, Gingrich gave abundant praise to Falwell and claimed his passing should in no way lull "the left" into believing that Religious Right politicos in that mold are a thing of the past. Read more
The Washington Times, an ultra-conservative daily newspaper owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, celebrated its 25th anniversary last night – and former President George H.W. Bush was there to wish everyone well.
Bush's relationship with the Moons goes back several years. In 1997, investigative journalist Robert Parry reported that since Bush left office in 1992, he and his wife have appeared at several Moon events and received enormous fees for speeches. Read more
In a recent speech to the Council for National Policy (CNP), former U.S. senator and presidential possibility Fred Thompson showed a remarkable misunderstanding of the Supreme Court's church-state rulings.
Thompson chided the federal courts for overreaching their bounds and for distorting the intent of the Constitution. Read more
The Rev. Jerry Falwell will forever be considered the Founding Father of the modern-day Religious Right in America. Falwell died yesterday at his Liberty University office in Lynchburg, Va. He was 73.
Regardless of your opinion of the often-acerbic televangelist, he should be recognized as the man who helped forge one of today's most powerful blocs of voters. Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, the Republican congressional take-over in 1994 and President George W. Bush's reelection in 2004 all took place with important help from a Religious Right movement Falwell helped jump-start. Read more
The Religious Right cabal that promotes America as a Christian nation and claims the U.S. Constitution is ripped directly from the Bible has an irritant in T.D. Jakes, arguably one of the country's most influential evangelical leaders. Read more
Religious Right lore holds that religious groups in America are treated like second-class citizens. They are scorned and relegated to the back of the public policy bus.
But like so many things portrayed as "conventional wisdom," this claim about religion in the United States is false. In fact, religious organizations are quickly becoming savvy at playing the lobbying game in Washington, D.C., and are increasingly tapping the federal purse for millions in taxpayer support. Read more
The Rev. Al Sharpton found himself in a bit of scrape recently when, during a debate with pundit Christopher Hitchens, Sharpton seemed to say that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aren't really people of faith.
Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, came up at one point. Sharpton said, "As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don't worry about that. That's a temporary situation." Read more
Last month's Utah Republican Convention came to a disturbing and emotional close when a "Resolution opposing Satan's plan to destroy the U.S. by stealth invasion" was laid upon the table.
The resolution was proposed by Legislative District 65 Chairman Don Larsen. It began with the biblical story of Satan's fall from grace found in Revelation 12:9: "Whereas, 'And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.' Read more
The Louisville Courier-Journal recently brought to light a fundamental problem with "faith-based" initiatives. Government partnerships with religious social service providers inevitably force taxpayers to fund religion.
A prime example is the Kentucky state government's relationship with Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (KBHC). Both are currently accused of allowing public money to fund religious indoctrination and coercion. Read more