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Thankful For Theocracy?: TVC's Sheldon Tries To Make Thanksgiving A Vehicle For Bigotry

What is it with Religious Right zealots and holidays?

In recent weeks, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and other Religious Right zealots have ginned up their annual assault on "Happy Holidays." In a shameless bid to raise money and add a dollop of bitterness to the Christmas season, these folks are DEMANDING that merchants use the term "Merry Christmas" in their advertisements and in-store greetings. Read more

Dinosaurs Spotted In Texas!: Barney And Friends Urge Texas School Board To Teach Sound Science

At yesterday's Texas State Board of Education meeting, Barney the Dinosaur asked board chairman Don McLeroy, "How old am I? 4,000 or 64,000,000?" (See Barney here.)

Someone dressed as PBS's big purple pal was there in Austin with dozens of scientists, students, teachers, clergy and other citizens to give testimony in support of sound science standards for Texas public school children. Read more

Focus On Unemployment: Cash-Strapped Dobson Empire Cuts Staff After Lavishly Funding Anti-Gay Campaign In California

Next week, Americans will kick off the holiday season, but sadly, several employees at James Dobson's Focus on the Family (FOF) probably have lost that festive spirit.

On Dobson's radio broadcast yesterday, he shared that Colorado-based FOF is "experiencing the same financial shortfall and some of the pressures that have resulted from the economic downturn in this country." With that said, he announced that 149 filled staff positions and 53 open staff positions are to be cut, 20 percent of the total staff. Read more

Someone Else's Choice, Your Tax Dollars: D.C. Newspapers Push Vouchers Via Presidential School Pick

Over the weekend, The Washington Times and The Washington Post ran opinion pieces on President-elect Barack Obama's search for a new school for his daughters.

The editorial page writers made an argument on behalf of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—a federally funded pilot program that has given school vouchers to students to attend religious or other private schools instead of Washington, D.C.'s public schools. Read more

The Bishops And ACORN: Did The Catholic Hierarchy Fund A Democratic Voter Registration Drive?

Should America's Roman Catholic bishops deny themselves communion for engaging in forbidden political activities?

I'm certainly no scholar of church law, but I think you can make a pretty good case that they should.

As everyone knows, a large faction of the Catholic hierarchy has spent much of this year demanding that Catholic politicians conform American law to the church's doctrinal stance on abortion. These same bishops have demanded that Catholics vote only for political candidates who comply with church teachings as well. Read more

You've Got (Hate) Mail!: The FRC's Tony Perkins Whips Out His Poison Pen About Obama's Election

I have to tip my hat to Tony Perkins and the gang at the Family Research Council: Within a week of the election, they issued what I am sure will be first of many fund-raising letters attacking Barack Obama. That's fast turn around.

This mean-spirited missive arrived at my home on Monday. I was impressed. Many Americans were still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, and here's the FRC with its inaugural hate-gram. Nice work, guys. Read more

Piety Or Pocketbook?: Religion, The Economy And Voting In Election 2008

Political junkies continue to pore over the results from last week's election. One question that has been on many minds is to what extent Barack Obama's religious outreach was successful.

The Los Angeles Times has already pronounced the effort a success. "Religious voters helped propel Obama to victory," blared a Nov. 9 headline.

But you know what they say: There are lies, damn lies and statistics. In this case, it's worth taking a closer look at the statistics. Read more

Ballot Bias: California's Proposition 8 Writes Discrimination Into Law

Last Wednesday morning, I woke up to the disappointment that California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, was most likely going to succeed.

Many of my Californian friends were shocked that the usually progressive state they live in actually passed a measure that overturned the California Supreme Court's decision ensuring that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry. Read more

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