An evangelical group that seeks to convince troubled juveniles to turn their lives around by embracing its version of Christianity has lost another round in a long court battle over a decision by Michigan officials to stop funding it. Read more
School vouchers have again made it onto the national stage. In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President George W. Bush reintroduced a plan to create a federal voucher program that subsidizes tuition at religious and other private schools. He mentioned the plan in passing while urging Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) this year. Read more
Recently, Senate offices on Capitol Hill received what at first glance appears to be a routine invitation from a religious leader offering prayers on their behalf.
"On January 30th and 31st, Robert Gray will be in Washington, D.C., to introduce Pastor Benny Hinn to several senators for [a] five-minute prayer session," reads the message, which goes on to request a meeting with the senator. Read more
When your friends come back from vacation, they always want to show you pictures and videos of the things they've seen along the way. To be honest, most of these exhibitions are mind-numbingly dull. When Alexandra Pelosi does the same thing, the result is anything but.... Read more
If you thought that changes in Congress would mean a near cessation of attempts to weaken the principle of church-state separation, you should think again.
Since the new Congress convened earlier this month, bills have been introduced that would mandate public school prayer, allow houses of worship to endorse political candidates and stifle the federal courts' ability to resolve disputes over church and state. Read more
Today is an important date in the history of church-state separation in America.
On Jan. 16, 1786, Thomas Jefferson's "Act for Establishing Religious Freedom" became law in Virginia. The nation marks that historic event today, Religious Freedom Day. Read more
The Religious Right just lost another weapon in its battle against legal rights for same-sex couples.
The Attorney General of New Jersey this week released guidelines for officiants at weddings and civil unions. In a letter to the Registrar of Vital Statistics, Attorney General Stuart Rabner wrote that only public officials, not religious leaders, would be required to preside over same-sex nuptials if they did the same for heterosexual couples. Read more
When government officials get involved with religion, things always get complicated, don't they?
The Indiana House of Representatives just reconvened yesterday, and Speaker Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) kicked things off by reading a prayer. That may sound like business as usual for a lot of state legislatures, but this wasn't just any prayer; it was one pre-approved by Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter. Read more
A federal court has cleared the way for taxpayer-funded faith healing at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals. In a recent decision dismissing the case Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Nicholson, the Associated Press reports, U.S. District Judge John Shabaz applauded the government for making faith a central focus in caring for hospitalized veterans. Read more