The more you learn about California's Proposition 8, the more it raises church-state concerns.
When well-funded sectarian allies manipulate the democratic process to take away the civil rights of a small minority of Americans, fundamental constitutional safeguards are gravely jeopardized. Conservative religious forces wanted to write their theological viewpoint about marriage into civil law, and they didn't mind trampling on the rights of same-sex couples in the process. Read more
Just last week I blogged about how allowing religious indoctrination in an Oklahoma public school destroyed a community with hatred and violence back in 1981.
I wrote that since then, many people had learned from our country's mistakes and resolved not to make these same mistakes in the future. Read more
The Religious Right's annual whine-fest about the "War on Christmas" is coming along right on schedule. James Dobson has issued his list of "naughty and nice" retailers, and Donald Wildmon is doing land-office business selling in-your-face buttons and stickers criticizing anyone who fails to say "Merry Christmas" (a nice move during the season of peace). Read more
The commonwealth of Kentucky has an unusual approach to homeland security: God will provide.
Under the terms of a 2006 law authorizing the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, the state is required to stress "the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth." Read more
The holidays are coming up fast, and it's time to think about the special people on your list (or what you might like to put on your own).
With that thought in mind, here are some items related to religious liberty and church-state that you might like to give (or receive) as gifts. Read more
Note: This post is a re-publication of one that originally appeared on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Enjoy the holiday!
When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?
If so, what religious tradition will the prayer come from? Will it be a blessing from the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu faiths? Will it be Catholic, Mormon or one of the infinite varieties of Protestant denominations?
Maybe you won't offer a prayer at all, instead simply thanking the cook for the bounteous meal set before you rather than a deity of any sort. Read more
The day after Thanksgiving is "Black Friday," the traditional start of the December holiday shopping season.
Nervous retailers are watching the bottom line, fretful that the economic downturn will reduce the throngs that usually swamp malls and big box stores on this day.
But Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has a different worry: Dobson and his band of Religious Right "Christmas Police" are fretting that Americans might accidentally shop at a store that fails to use the proper religiously correct terminology. Thus, they've prepared a handy list for us to use. Read more
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a story that reminds me why I am thankful to work for Americans United and the cause of church-state separation.
Here they go again.
It seems that Religious Right activists are up to their usual dubious tactics — this time recruiting Georgia churches to try to secure a victory for U.S. Senate Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss in his Dec. 2 run-off. Read more