The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Over the weekend, The Washington Times and The Washington Post ran opinion pieces on President-elect Barack Obama's search for a new school for his daughters.
The editorial page writers made an argument on behalf of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—a federally funded pilot program that has given school vouchers to students to attend religious or other private schools instead of Washington, D.C.'s public schools. Read more
Should America's Roman Catholic bishops deny themselves communion for engaging in forbidden political activities?
I'm certainly no scholar of church law, but I think you can make a pretty good case that they should.
As everyone knows, a large faction of the Catholic hierarchy has spent much of this year demanding that Catholic politicians conform American law to the church's doctrinal stance on abortion. These same bishops have demanded that Catholics vote only for political candidates who comply with church teachings as well. Read more
I have to tip my hat to Tony Perkins and the gang at the Family Research Council: Within a week of the election, they issued what I am sure will be first of many fund-raising letters attacking Barack Obama. That's fast turn around.
This mean-spirited missive arrived at my home on Monday. I was impressed. Many Americans were still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, and here's the FRC with its inaugural hate-gram. Nice work, guys. Read more
Political junkies continue to pore over the results from last week's election. One question that has been on many minds is to what extent Barack Obama's religious outreach was successful.
The Los Angeles Times has already pronounced the effort a success. "Religious voters helped propel Obama to victory," blared a Nov. 9 headline.
But you know what they say: There are lies, damn lies and statistics. In this case, it's worth taking a closer look at the statistics. Read more
Last Wednesday morning, I woke up to the disappointment that California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, was most likely going to succeed.
Many of my Californian friends were shocked that the usually progressive state they live in actually passed a measure that overturned the California Supreme Court's decision ensuring that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry. Read more
Poor Cal Thomas.
The nationally syndicated conservative pundit is a plaintive voice crying out in the evangelical wilderness. Thomas doggedly keeps calling on Religious Right politicos to repent, and they just keep saying no.
In a column I read this morning in The Washington Times, Thomas rails against the Religious Right's sadly misguided political power trip and pleads with evangelical Christians to turn to other means to spread their influence. Read more
Barack Obama's historic election as president has dominated the news, as pundits pour over the results in an effort to explain what went right for Obama and wrong for John McCain.
Several Senate and House races remain too close to call, meaning we may not see the dust settle from campaign '08 for a few more weeks. There's a lot to chew over here. Read more
Religious Right forces did everything possible to keep Barack Obama from winning the White House.
Leaders of the movement successfully mobilized their flock at the ballot box. Exit polls show that 74 percent of white born-again Christians voted for Republican candidate John McCain.
But there weren't enough evangelicals to win the presidency for McCain. Now Religious Right strategists are pondering what to do next. Read more