When I was in the 10th grade, officials at my public high school did a really foolish thing: They agreed to allow a group of fundamentalist Christian athletes to speak on campus at a mandatory assembly. Read more
The Rev. John Huffman is an evangelical Christian and pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, Calif.
After seeing some of the more lurid representatives of evangelicalism on television, his daughters came to him and asked, "Dad, are you one of those? Read more
How do you react when people tell you they're evangelicals?
Do you think that they simply want to share their faith – or do you start making assumptions about their political views?
A lot of Americans would say the latter. Over the years, evangelicalism has become so tied to right-wing politics that many people assume that anyone who lays claim to the term "evangelical" must be a theocracy-minded ultra-conservative Republican as well. Read more
It's no surprise that Religious Right leaders James and Shirley Dobson dropped by the White House this morning to join the National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance there. The Dobsons have been strong supporters of President George W. Bush, and Shirley heads the NDP Task Force, a private group that promotes fundamentalist Christian-oriented NDP events around the country. Read more
A House appropriations subcommittee holds hearings today on whether to renew Washington, D.C.'s school voucher scheme. The "Opportunity Scholarship Program," which has an annual budget of $15 million, provides 1,900 vouchers worth up to $7,500 each for students to attend religious and other private schools in the nation's capital. Read more
The Family Research Council (FRC) has big plans for this election year – perhaps even legally questionable ones.
Kenyn Cureton, FRC's vice president for church ministries, appeared April 22 on Religious Right activist Janet Folger's "Faith2Action" radio program, discussing his organization's plans for mobilizing pastors this year. He may have been a little too frank. Read more
Clergy, take note: in this election year, the Internal Revenue Service is trying to help you stay out of tax trouble.
Earlier this month, the federal agency announced that it will continue its campaign to educate churches and other tax-exempt charities about the rules governing political activity. It will also enforce the law through appropriate intervention and penalties. Read more