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Red Mass Goes Mild: Catholic Hierarchy Lowers Lobbying Level For High Court Justices

[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

Making (Up) History: Religious Right Forces Try To Tilt Capitol Visitor Center

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

Hurricane Gus Update: Church Politicking Scheme Is Category 4 Threat To American Democracy

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

Of Prayer, Police And Petty Politics: An Arresting Flap Over Chaplains Strikes Virginia

It looks like a new "culture war" is brewing in Virginia.

Six state police chaplains have resigned over new regulations that require them to use non-denominational prayers at public events. Several state legislators are apoplectic. One has already launched a Web site to overturn the ruling, and others are talking about legislative action to nullify it.

Deep breath, everyone, deep breath. Read more

See You At The First Amendment: Voluntary Pole Prayers Are Fine For Students, But Not School Officials

Today, more than three million kids from across the country and world were expected to gather around their public schools' flagpoles to pray as part of the annual "See You at the Pole" (SYATP) event.

This Christian prayer meeting began in 1990 when teenagers got together to pray at their school's flagpole in Burleson, Texas. By 1991, the event went nationwide. Read more

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