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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

Alter Call: Conservative Columnist Calls On Religious Right Politicos To Quit While They're Behind

Poor Cal Thomas.

The nationally syndicated conservative pundit is a plaintive voice crying out in the evangelical wilderness. Thomas doggedly keeps calling on Religious Right politicos to repent, and they just keep saying no.

In a column I read this morning in The Washington Times, Thomas rails against the Religious Right's sadly misguided political power trip and pleads with evangelical Christians to turn to other means to spread their influence. Read more

Godless Gaffe: North Carolina Candidate Dole's 'Faith-Based' Attack Backfires

Barack Obama's historic election as president has dominated the news, as pundits pour over the results in an effort to explain what went right for Obama and wrong for John McCain.

Several Senate and House races remain too close to call, meaning we may not see the dust settle from campaign '08 for a few more weeks. There's a lot to chew over here. Read more

Confrontation Or Conversation?: Religious Right Leaders Ponder Tactics To Tackle Obama

Religious Right forces did everything possible to keep Barack Obama from winning the White House.

Leaders of the movement successfully mobilized their flock at the ballot box. Exit polls show that 74 percent of white born-again Christians voted for Republican candidate John McCain.

But there weren't enough evangelicals to win the presidency for McCain. Now Religious Right strategists are pondering what to do next. Read more

Church Disservice: Candidates, Clergy Mix Religion And Politics Unwisely

Tomorrow, the 2008 election will be over, and the staff at Americans United can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

That relief won't be based on the election's outcome, but rather from no longer having to advocate constantly against the excessive use and abuse of religion in this presidential election -- an abuse committed by both the political left and right. Read more

Invasion Of The Constitution Snatchers: Bush Judges Scare The Halloween Out Of Me

It's Halloween, so I'm going to scare the bejeezus out of you.

* Judge William Pryor, U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. A former Alabama attorney general, Pryor went to court to defend notorious Chief Justice Roy Moore's 2.5-ton Commandments monument in the state judicial building, telling a rally that God had chosen Christians "to save our country and save our courts." Read more

California Dreamin': Dobson, Religious Right Allies Answer Theocratic Call In Golden State

Look out, California, the Religious Right is bringing out the big guns!

That is, James Dobson of the Focus on the Family broadcasting empire has accepted an invitation to attend a prayer rally in San Diego this Saturday as the Religious Right's last attempt to pass Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that would deprive gays and lesbians of the right to marry in California. Read more

Berlin Diary: On Religion In Schools, Germans And Americans Don't See Eye To Eye

I just got back from Berlin, where I took part in a conference contrasting the American and German models for dealing with religion in public schools.

The event's organizers, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (affiliated with Johns Hopkins University), brought together scholars, activists and education officials for a day of discussion and give-and-take. It was very enlightening. Read more

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