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Focus On Falsehood: Religious Right's Dobson Spins Whoppers About AU

It seems that Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson just can't keep Americans United for Separation of Church and State off his mind. He blames us for things we haven't even done!

Yesterday Dobson announced that the Internal Revenue Service has cleared FOF of allegations of partisan politicking. A story on FOF's news service by Stuart Shepard stated, "The IRS closed a nearly 12 month audit of Focus on the Family and Dr. James C. Dobson by affirming that the organization committed no wrongdoing. Read more

Losing Their Religion: D.C. Archbishop Seeks To Convert Some Catholic Schools To Secular Charters – With Taxpayer Help

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is looking to the District of Columbia to turn eight of its financially draining Catholic schools into public charter schools.

It's a move that, if agreed to by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the city's charter school leaders, would further burden the city's already deeply troubled public school system while helping to ease the Catholic archdiocese's money woes. Read more

In Drake's Wake: California Pastor's Call For Curses Against Americans United Finds Few Supporters

The California pastor who urged followers to pray for great harm to befall Americans United for Separation of Church and State officials was successful in garnering some media attention but also at isolating himself.

Since the Rev. Wiley Drake of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park in Orange County first called on supporters to offer "imprecatory prayers" against Americans United in August, other Christian leaders and scholars have come forward to publicly chastise the preacher for his over-the-top action. Read more

Robertson Resurgent: TV Preacher's Legal Outfit Is Advancing In The Courts

The Chicago Tribune today published a profile of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the Religious Right's most prominent legal outfits. Televangelist Pat Robertson established the ACLJ in 1990 to be the American Civil Liberties Union's conservative counterpart. It has, as the Tribune profile notes, successfully forged into the field of Christian legal advocacy.   Read more

Theocracy By The Sea?: N.J. Town Seeks To Put First Amendment In Retreat

Most folks might be surprised to learn that a mini-theocracy has sprung up on American soil. No, it's not in Alabama – it's in New Jersey.

The community of Ocean Grove was founded in 1869 by a group of Methodist ministers seeking a retreat for the summer months. The property of about one square mile is a nice piece of seaside land where residents and businesspersons own structures but lease the land beneath them from an entity called the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. Read more

Faith-Based Flop: Okla. Religious Program For Ex-Prisoners Fails To Deliver

The "faith-based" initiative is a constitutional nightmare because it uses tax funds to support social programs loaded with sectarian dogma. But an interesting side question has always lurked on the fringes of the debate: Does the approach even work?

From the beginning, proponents of the faith-based approach have repeated over and over again that religious groups provide social services more effectively and cheaper than their secular or government counterparts. It's like a mantra, but is it actually true? Read more

Poll Of Separation: Conn. Voters Oppose Mixing Religion And Politics

"Connecticut voters want God off the campaign trail, out of the voting booth and away from the halls of government," concludes a recent poll sponsored by the Hartford Courant.

The poll, which surveyed 488 adults earlier this month, revealed some fascinating statistics about voters in the Nutmeg State. Read more