Religious Right activists are quick to tell us all how we should live our lives. Essentially, they think they are good, decent and righteous, and the rest of us aren't. They want legislation to impose their set of values on everyone, based on their reading of certain Bible passages.
But isn't it funny, though, how often the Religious Right folks want us to do as they say, not as they do? Read more
California lawmakers may really be pressed with tough issues facing their constituencies, ranging from educational to environmental concerns. But some of them find themselves distracted by a religious brouhaha that has erupted in the Capitol in Sacramento.
This week, quasi-official Chaplain Ralph Drollinger ignited a religious tit-for-tat, when he touted his Bible study and disparaged a more religiously inclusive group of lawmakers as "disgusting to our Lord." Read more
Every once in a while I run into someone at a social function who seems puzzled about the work I do.
"Separation of church and state?" they say. "That was all taken care of years ago. It's in the Constitution; we don't have to worry about it any more."
A new study of the Milwaukee school voucher program shows that children receiving publicly financed tuition at religious and other private schools perform no better academically than their peers in public schools.
The results are surely disappointing for voucher supporters. Their premise rests on the assumption that children removed from "failing" public schools will fulfill their academic potential at private schools. Read more
I grew up in a large Irish Catholic family with eight brothers and sisters. Some of my siblings remain in the Catholic Church, but over the years, others have gone elsewhere. My oldest sister is a Mormon, and my youngest attends Unitarian services. One brother is a Lutheran; another has no affiliation at all.
I used to think my family was a little unusual – so much spiritual seeking and so much church hopping. Read more
There are constitutionally sound ways to ensure that prisoners have the ability to nurture their religious sides. But turning over an entire wing of a state correctional facility to a religious group bent on converting prisoners is never the way to go.
It took a lawsuit and years of costly litigation, but state officials in Iowa have finally severed close ties with the InnerChange program, an around-the-clock fundamentalist Christian ministry run by Prison Fellowship Ministries. Read more
Religious Right activists and their political allies are adept at conjuring up ghosts, especially when they need to scare up lots of voters on Election Day.
With a presidential election and lots of other important races on the ballot this year, Religious Right tacticians are looking for ways to propel their kind to the polls in November. Read more
Evolution finally got the respect it deserves in Florida yesterday. The State Board of Education voted to approve new science standards that explicitly mention the word "evolution" (gasp!) and make clear that it is the "fundamental concept underlying all of biology" (gasp again!)