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Medical Emergency: Bush Issues Health-Care Worker Regulations Sought By Religious Right

Most political analysts agree that the November election was a repudiation of President George W. Bush and his policies. To be sure, many voters were impressed by Barack Obama's vision and rhetorical skills, but they also saw the need for a sharp break with the failed policies of the Bush regime.

Bush either does not understand this or simply chooses not to acknowledge it. He continues to push through 11th-hour regulatory changes that might please his Religious Right base but are likely to annoy just about everyone else. Read more

Inaugural Mistake: Rick Warren Is The Wrong Man For Obama's Swearing-In

So Pastor Rick Warren has been invited to deliver the invocation during Barack Obama's inauguration?

What disappointing news! Warren, an increasingly prominent evangelical who penned the successful book The Purpose-Driven Life, likes to portray himself as above the partisan fray. But he's not. Warren is a kinder, gentler Jerry Falwell in a Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans with better P.R. – and he's slick enough to know how to play both sides of the political aisle. Read more

The 'Con-Con' Con: We Don't Need To Rewrite The Bill Of Rights

You might not have noticed it, but yesterday was Bill of Rights Day. It's an easy event to overlook because it's not as though throngs of people took to the streets to celebrate. My desk calendar doesn't even mention the day, although every Oct. 16 I am reminded that it's National Boss Day.

It would be odd to celebrate the Bill of Rights by trashing it. Yet that could happen if Congress is forced to convene a Constitutional Convention. Known informally as a "con-con," such an event would essentially throw the Constitution up for a rewrite. This is a bad idea. Read more

A Christmas Calamity: Religious Right Scrooges Scuttle Moderate Evangelical Lobbyist Rich Cizik

The relentlessly grim James Dobson has a spring in his step today and a song in his heart. The hopelessly dour Richard Land is sipping eggnog and humming the Hallelujah Chorus. Chuck Colson is doing a little end-zone victory dance.

No, it's not a sudden burst of the Christmas spirit infecting these hard-line Religious Right Scrooges. It's the news that Rich Cizik has been forced out as vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Read more

Persecution Complex: Why Religious Right Claims Of Hostility Toward Christians Ring Hollow

Yesterday I received an e-mail from the Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association advertising a new DVD titled "Speechless: Silencing the Christians."

"Facing rising persecution and discrimination, many Christians feel hopeless, uncertain what to do," reads the promotional copy. The e-mail promises that I will learn "how you can be prepared if you feel the pressure to be silenced for your faith." Read more

Fallacious Factor: Fox's O'Reilly, Religious Right Blame Wrong Party For Christmas Conflict

Fox News talk-show host Bill O'Reilly seems to be channeling his anger in the wrong direction yet again.

In an op-ed in The Washington Times today (and on his show), O'Reilly slams Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire for "allowing" an atheist group to post a Winter Solstice display next to a Christmas tree and a Nativity scene in the state's capitol building. Read more

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