The late Jerry Falwell's son, Jonathan, is distraught over the state of our national ethics. In a recent column, he cited a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) that found that some federal workers had illegally used tax funds to buy things like "Internet dating, tailor-made suits, lingerie [and] lavish dinners." Read more
The dispute over Jesus & Co. hanging in a Slidell, La., courthouse ended last week with a mostly favorable ruling by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle.
It all started in early July, when City Court Judge Jim Lamz publicly refused to remove a 16th century Russian Orthodox painting called "Christ the Savior" and its accompanying message, "To know peace, obey these laws" from the courthouse foyer. Read more
Here we go again. There's another public school teacher out there inappropriately bringing religion into the classroom. This time it's John Freshwater, a science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School in Ohio, who's refusing to remove a Bible from his classroom desk. Read more
Any movie buff will tell you that when a studio refuses to make a film available for advance screening by professional critics, chances are you're dealing with a dog.
Meet the latest dog to stumble into the nation's multiplexes: Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." The film, which promotes the neo-creationist concept of "intelligent design" (ID) opens tomorrow – but the nation's film critics won't be getting a sneak peek. Read more
I've never been a big fan of Michael Medved's movie reviews. I like him even less as a Religious Right commentator.
Medved recently decided to give bigotry a boost by pointing out why Americans would be wise to reject an atheist as president. Blithely tossing aside the spirit of the Constitution's Article VI (which bans "religious tests" for public office), Medved urged Americans to punish non-believers at the ballot box. Read more
For years, Americans United has battled with Religious Right pseudo-historians about whether the United States was founded to be a "Christian nation." Religious Right activists have cited quotes by Founding Fathers that AU claims are either wrenched from context or fabricated. AU has argued that if our nation was meant to be officially Christian, the Constitution would say that. Read more