The recent Bush administration report on inner-city education shamelessly advocates massive public funding for religious schools. In addition to voucher subsidies, tax credits and something called "backpack" scholarships (another kind of voucher), it promotes "faith-based charter schools." Read more
Back in the fall of 2007, I attended the Family Research Council's "Values Voter Summit." The Republican presidential field was quite crowded then, and all of the major contenders showed up to seek the Religious Right's support.
Some were received with more enthusiasm than others. Mike Huckabee was a big hit, while Fred Thompson fizzled. The reaction to U.S. Sen. John McCain was polite but restrained. Read more
[caption id="attachment_1027" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Archbishop Wuerl and Cardinal Foley after the Red Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington, D.C., October 5, 2008. Photo taken from Flickr Creative Commons by II Primo Uomo"][/caption]
Today is the first Monday in October—the day when the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session for a new term. Read more
Thanks to my two children, I've become quite the expert on children's literature. The Harry Potter books were fun, and I really enjoyed the sly humor and wordplay of Lemony Snicket's "Series of Unfortunate Events." Read more
Yesterday, I sat in on a conference call sponsored by Concerned Women for America (CWA), and the leaders of California's ProtectMarriage campaign. Not surprisingly, I heard some interesting commentary, to say the least. Read more
Yesterday Americans United reported six churches to the Internal Revenue Service for violating federal tax law by endorsing candidates from the pulpit. Five of the churches were taking part in the so-called "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund. (The sixth was inspired by it.) Read more
Today Religious Right activists and their politician allies are all worked up about the Capitol Visitor Center, which is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2.
They are complaining that the Center, funded by more than $600 million in taxpayer dollars, is too secular and doesn't display America's "Christian heritage." Apparently, they would rather push their own version of American history -- that America is a "Christian nation" -- so citizens who are non-Christian feel second-class when they tour our nation's capitol. Read more
The Rev. Gus Booth is one of a handful of clergy who plan to endorse political candidates from the pulpit this Sunday as part of a Religious Right scheme to turn churches into a right-wing political machine.
Booth, pastor of the Warroad Community Church in Warroad, Minn., says he has every right to tell his parishioners how to vote. Read more