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
Has the separation of church and state become the constitutional principle that dare not speak its name?
That seems to be the view of at least one consultant to the Democratic Party. In a recent New York Times article, Mara Vanderslice admitted that she told some candidates not to use the phrase "separation of church and state" while campaigning. Read more
A Michigan school district yesterday evening decided to forgo a controversial Bible course authored by a Religious Right group.
At a public meeting, the Howell Public Schools Board of Education considered but did not vote on a Bible elective being pushed by a parent and Religious Right activists. Wendy Day, a Howell school board member, made a motion to adopt the Bible course, but couldn't get a second from any of the board's six other members. Read more
Despite all manner of carping by the Religious Right, newly elected U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was sworn in yesterday on a Quran – one that was once owned by no less a figure than Thomas Jefferson. Read more
On this date 128 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court took a major step toward defining the separation of church and state. Reynolds v. United States, decided on Jan. 4, 1879, was one of the first cases to consider what the First Amendment means by "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." Read more
Television preacher Pat Robertson had his annual confab with God the other day, and the news is not good. According to the fundamentalist fortuneteller of Virginia Beach, 2007 looks pretty grim.
Addressing his "700 Club" audience on Tuesday, Robertson said this year will see "mass killings" caused by an attack on American soil. This attack, which Robertson claims is scheduled to occur sometime after September, will affect major cities and millions of people. Robertson stressed that the "Lord didn't say [it would be a] nuclear" attack, but he was confident that it would be. Read more
Today the nation pauses to remember President Gerald R. Ford, who died Dec. 26 at age 93.
Ford will probably always be best remembered for his controversial decision to offer a pardon to disgraced President Richard M. Nixon. We will leave the historians to debate the appropriateness of that move. Read more
Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave. The man who would represent the former president in Congress if he were alive today has made a rather alarming statement of religious bigotry.
In a candid letter sent to hundreds of constituents, Rep. Virgil Goode (R- Va.) reopened a nearly four-week-old debate over whether it's right, proper or necessary for public officials to take the oath of office on a holy book. Read more
'Tis the season to be jolly! No, that's so last century.
'Tis the season to encourage peace on Earth and goodwill towards men. No, that's too warm and fuzzy.
'Tis the season to line your pockets by fighting an imaginary "war on Christmas." That's more like it.
The Alliance Defense Fund, the American Family Association, Jerry Falwell's Liberty Counsel, Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family have formed the "Christmas Project," a little infantry of buttons and bumper stickers to fight the war on Christmas – and turn a hefty profit at the same time. Read more