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Sally Kern, Unpatriot: Why Does Oklahoma's Looney Lawmaker Hate America?

Everyone's favorite raging theocrat, Oklahoma House member Sally Kern, is at it again.

Numerous reports indicate that Kern and her supporters plan to publicly sign a document dubbed the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" declaring the United States a Christian nation tomorrow at the state capitol.

I've read Kern's resolution, and it's a whole lot of crazy crammed into one document. Dissecting the whole thing would take all day – and who has that much time? Read more

Military Disservice: Fundamentalists On The March In America's Armed Forces

Aggressive fundamentalist Christian organizations are continuing their efforts to expand their presence in the U.S. military.

Last month, researcher Jeff Sharlet penned a disturbing article for Harper's magazine about efforts to "Christianize" the military. Newsweek ran a similar story online on June 20. The articles attracted a lot of attention and put the issue in the spotlight once again. Read more

Vouching For Religion?: D.C. Program Subsidizes Indoctrination, Hiring Bias

Did you plan to make a contribution to Washington, D.C.'s Blessed Sacrament Elementary School? How about Muhammad University of Islam or First Rock Baptist Christian Church School?

Guess what? You already have.

Those three schools and 52 additional religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia were beneficiaries of the federally funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program during the current school year. Read more

Grassroots Blight: Religious Right Trains Local Activists To Impose 'Biblical Worldview'

Yesterday, Let Freedom Ring Ministries (LFRM) sponsored the first of many grassroots rallies it hopes will "save" America from "destruction."

The Roanoke Times reported that around 100 people showed up at the Penn Forest Worship Center in Roanoke, Va., to listen to speakers peddle "Christian nation" propaganda. Read more

Ralph's Resurrection?: Former Christian Coalition Honcho Reed Seeks To Rise From The Crypt

Last month I wrote a story for Church & State speculating about possible new leaders for the Religious Right. I focused on Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Warren and others.

One person I did not think to include was Ralph Reed, the one-time wunderkind who served as executive director of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition from 1989 to 1997. Read more

Liberty Learns A Lesson: Falwell School Accepts AU Advice On Political Clubs

Americans United reacted quickly when word spread recently that officials at Liberty University had revoked university recognition of a student Democratic Party club.

AU, noting that recognition and funding were still being extended to a Republican club on campus, asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the matter. Liberty University, as a tax-exempt institution, could not lawfully favor one party over another, Americans United asserted. Read more

Math Lesson: Scofflaw Florida School District's Legal Expenses Add Up

With public schools facing budget cuts, most school officials are looking for ways to spread each dollar as far as it can go.

One would think that means the school would us that money to pay teachers, improve the curriculum, maintain the building and buy school supplies. That's probably what Santa Rosa County School District would prefer to do as well, except, they failed to follow sound constitutional advice and now must use precious public funds on attorneys' fees. Read more

Stick To Muppets: Why PBS Should Stay Out Of The Preaching Business

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is known for lots of things – "Sesame Street," Barney the purple dinosaur, "The Newshour," insightful documentaries, etc.

One thing PBS has not been associated with is promoting religion. PBS, of course, can air documentaries and other programs about religion, its history and its effect on culture. But proselytization and indoctrination should be verboten in a publicly funded institution that aspires to serve the public interest. Read more