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Presidential Preachment: Campaigns Commandeer Pulpits For Partisan Purposes

Today is Super Tuesday. Naturally, the presidential candidates want to scare up every vote they can. As part of that effort, some of them spent the weekend appearing in churches.

During this election season, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has repeatedly expressed concern about church-based politicking. While we've focused most of our efforts on educating houses of worship, campaign officials have a role to play as well. Candidates and their staff members should not ask houses of worship to engage in possibly illegal activities. Read more

Grisham's Testament: Top-Selling Author Warns Baptists About The Pitfalls Of Church Politicking

Mega-best-selling author John Grisham doesn't deliver public speeches often. But he made a recent exception for a massive national gathering of Baptists in Georgia.

At the "Celebration Of A New Baptist Covenant" in Atlanta over a three-day period, almost 15,000 Baptists from about 30 varying denominations and associations gathered to discuss how to become more involved with helping the less fortunate and less involved with internal divisiveness. Read more

Non-Partisan Pulpit: Texas Televangelist Osteen Keeps Partisan Politics At Arm's Length

Too frequently the 2008 presidential hopefuls, regardless of their party persuasion, appear too eager to commandeer a pulpit on any given Sunday to shill for votes.

Indeed, the Religion Clause blog reports that candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee all made speeches at Sunday services yesterday in states with approaching primaries. Read more

More Lies From Lynchburg: What Jonathan Falwell Didn't Tell You About Preachers And Politicking

To employ a turn-of-phrase we use in the South, Jonathan Falwell "sure takes after his daddy, doesn't he?" Jonathan may not look much like Jerry, but he sure acts like him.

In his "Falwell Confidential" last week, the Lynchburg televangelist urged pastors to plunge neck-deep into partisan politics. He quoted Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, on ways to circumvent the federal ban on electioneering by churches and other tax-exempt entities. Read more

Religious Test: Film Touts Article VI To Reluctant Religious Right

When most Americans think about religious freedom, the First Amendment springs to mind – and rightly so. After all, religious liberty and church-state separation are embedded in those 16 eloquent words: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...."

But another important provision in our Constitution ensures religious freedom and shouldn't be overlooked. Article VI states in part, "[N]o religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Read more