Change is in the air at the U.S. Department of Justice – and it looks like it'll be for the good.
The Senate has confirmed Eric Holder at the nation's new attorney general. Holder has vowed to reverse course from many Bush administration policies. Most of the attention has focused on issues such as closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and torture, but it looks as though the legal landscape for church-state separation is also due for an overhaul. Read more
In the final days of his administration, former President George W. Bush issued a report on why our country needs more charter schools. The document even suggested ways that schools might circumvent the constitutional ban of school-sponsored religion.
That's a recipe for controversy, of course. And Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a charter school in Minnesota, is the latest example of how such a dispute can erupt. Read more
Today, Scripps Howard columnist Bonnie Erbe reminded us again of why church-state separation must be respected in our public schools.
Usually, when we think of religion in public schools, we think of the students and how they should be free from indoctrination. But Erbe's column shows us that it is not just the students. Teachers, administers and other school staff are also protected by the Constitution. Read more
Last week I wrote about the experiences my daughter and I had while attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama on the National Mall. I noted that during his inaugural address, Obama pointed out that America's diversity is a strength.
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers," Obama said. "We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth...." Read more
Is the state of Utah a theocracy?
You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.
More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda. Read more
Prayer at governmental meetings is a never-ending source of controversy. Latest case in point: an ire-inducing invocation at the Kansas House of Representatives last week.
Guest Chaplain Brian Schieber, pastor of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, took advantage of his place at the speaker's podium to launch a vitriolic attack on reproductive freedom. Read more
Today seems to be a pretty good end to a very historical week -- at least on the church-state separation front.
This morning, the Texas State Board of Education voted 8-7 to approve science standards that leave out well-known creationist code language that could weaken science education.
Could it be true – a new generation of conservative Christian leaders may actually be opposed to politics from the pulpit?
At least one Florida church leader seems to be.
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham and the new pastor of Ft. Lauderdale's Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, surprisingly says he has no interest talking politics. It's quite a change from his grandfather, and even more so from his predecessor, TV preacher D. James Kennedy. Read more