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Invocation Imbroglio: Kansas Priest's Prayer Ignites Legislative Controversy

Prayer at governmental meetings is a never-ending source of controversy. Latest case in point: an ire-inducing invocation at the Kansas House of Representatives last week.

Guest Chaplain Brian Schieber, pastor of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, took advantage of his place at the speaker's podium to launch a vitriolic attack on reproductive freedom. Read more

Passing The Science Test: Texas School Board Derails Most Of Creationist Plot

Today seems to be a pretty good end to a very historical week -- at least on the church-state separation front.

This morning, the Texas State Board of Education voted 8-7 to approve science standards that leave out well-known creationist code language that could weaken science education.

A final vote is scheduled for March, but according to a report from the Dallas News, the board will likely ratify today's vote. Read more

Prayer Over Politics?: Florida Megachurch's New Leader Is Weary Of Fighting The 'Culture Wars'

Could it be true – a new generation of conservative Christian leaders may actually be opposed to politics from the pulpit?

At least one Florida church leader seems to be.

William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham and the new pastor of Ft. Lauderdale's Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, surprisingly says he has no interest talking politics. It's quite a change from his grandfather, and even more so from his predecessor, TV preacher D. James Kennedy. Read more

Speaking Truth To Power: Martin Luther King On Church And State

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues. Read more

Board Bungle: Louisiana Opens The Door To Creationism – Again

Education officials in Louisiana yesterday had the opportunity to slam the door firmly on the teaching of creationism and "intelligent design" (ID) in public schools. Unfortunately, they did not take it.

The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-0 to adopt new science guidelines that critics fear will muddy the waters and open the door to sectarian concepts in science class. Read more

Gobble Bobble: I Correct The Sheriff On Bogus 'Christian Nation' History

I love how Religious Right activists consider any historical reference to religion as evidence of our country's "Christian heritage" – even when those references point in the exact opposite direction.

Consider Sheriff Tim Gobble of Bradley County, Tenn. For some reason, Sheriff Gobble has decided to branch out from his job of arresting lawbreakers and dabble as an amateur historian. Unfortunately, he doesn't know what he's talking about. Read more

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