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Capital Opportunity: House Panel Should Defund D.C. Voucher Scheme

A House Appropriations subcommittee voted yesterday to extend funding for another year to a school voucher program in the District of Columbia, despite  two consecutive  reports from  the U.S. Department of Education    that showed little to no improvement in the academic performance of students receiving the vouchers. Read more

Unhappy Father's Day: FRC Says Same-Sex Marriage In California Threatens Dads' Annual Celebration

Sunday was Father's Day. Like millions of men all over the country, I enjoyed a little extra attention from my family. I got cards from my daughter and son, and my wife made one of my favorite meals, topping it off with her sinfully decadent coconut cake.

Alas, this domestic bliss will soon be a thing of the past. The Family Research Council (FRC) has informed us that this could be the last Father's Day ever. Why? Because same-sex couples are allowed to marry in California! Read more

Minnesota (Not So) Nice: Partisan Pastor Claims Right To Violate Federal Tax Law

Yesterday Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Warroad, Minn., church whose pastor told congregants in a sermon that no Christian can vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune picked up on the story today. Reporter Pat Doyle interviewed Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church, and the paper reprinted the entire text of Booth's May 18 sermon. Read more

Novel Idea: Ralph Reed Reinvents Himself As A Writer Of Fiction

When we last heard from Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition executive director turned political consultant was running for lieutenant governor of Georgia.

Ralph had it all planned – four years in the lieutenant governor's office, then governor. After that, he could run for U.S. Senate or maybe even seek the White House. The political road ahead looked smooth for TV preacher Pat Robertson's former front man. Read more

'Real' Bigotry: Religious Right Appeals For 'Real Christian' Veep Nominee

Religion has played a large -- and largely unfortunate -- role in the presidential race so far. Reporters have grilled candidates on their sins, their prayers and their personal beliefs about God. The candidates, in turn, have wooed -- and then often spurned -- religious leaders who turn out to be too incendiary for the average American voter. It's been quite an unholy mess! Read more

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