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Drake's Bad Companions: Is California Pastor An Ally Of The 'Army Of God?'

Thanks to our friends in the blogosphere, we are learning more and more about the Rev. Wiley S. Drake, and it's far from pretty. The Buena Park, Calif., pastor, who is urging supporters to pray for the demise of Americans United and its staff, is a radical character with alleged ties to some of our nation's most extreme Religious Right operatives. Read more

Moore Bad Advice: Ousted Alabama Judge Continues Crusade For 'The Law Of God'

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is a driven advocate for an American jurisprudence based on his strain of Christianity.    

Moore lost the top spot on the Alabama Supreme Court four years ago for refusing to follow a federal court order to remove an attention-grabbing Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. Now he seemingly spends most of his hours trying to convince as many people as possible that fundamentalist Christianity is the root of all things American, especially the U.S. Constitution. Read more

Flunking History: Idaho Congressman Misunderstands America's Heritage Of Religious Pluralism

When Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed gave a 90-second prayer to open the U.S. Senate July 12, little did he know that he was sparking a rancorous national debate about religious diversity in America. Yet that debate is still percolating a month later.

Last week, an Idaho congressman blasted Zed's invocation and, to make matter worse, criticized Minnesotans for electing a Muslim as a member of the U.S. House. Read more

Trouble In Texas: School Board Chairman Seeks Religion In Science Class

The Texas Freedom Network (TFN) on Tuesday revealed a side of "intelligent design" proponents rarely seen by the public at large. The group released a transcript and recording of an extraordinarily candid speech given in 2005 by recently named State Board of Education Chairman Ron McLeroy. Read more

Rewriting History, By George: Washington Recruited Into The Religious Right

George Washington, the patriotic legend has it, could not tell a lie. If only we could say the same about the propagandists of the Religious Right.

In an interview Monday with Focus on the Family Action's CitizenLink Daily Update, Religious Right activist Stephen Mansfield waxes eloquent about the religious character of our first president. Read more

Gold-Plated Gambit: Congress Shouldn't Buy Commandments Commission – Or Its Pricey Decalogue Trinkets

Here we go again.

Religious Right activists are pushing a U.S. House resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) that lauds the Ten Commandments Commission.

H. Res. 598 asserts that the House "supports the goals of the Ten Commandments Commission and recognizes the vital contributions of America's tens of thousands of spiritual leaders, churches, synagogues, fellowships, ministries, and organizations participating in" the group's work. Read more

Halt, Christian Soldiers: Pentagon Report Faults Military Support For Evangelistic Group

A new Defense Department report finds that four generals and three other officers improperly used their official positions to promote a fundamentalist Christian evangelistic group.

The officers appeared in 2005 in a 10-minute video for Christian Embassy, a non-profit organization. The video showed the officers, in uniform, explaining the role faith and Christian Embassy play in their lives. Some appear in their offices at the Pentagon. The group used the video as fund-raising tool. Read more

The Bishop And Obama: Robinson's Personal Endorsement Doesn't Violate IRS Rules

Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson endorsed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president yesterday. So the New Hampshire bishop has violated the Internal Revenue Service's rules on partisan political intervention, and his diocese must lose its tax-exempt status, right?

Wrong. As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, Robinson took pains to point out that he was issuing the endorsement as an individual, which he may legally do. The newspaper reported, "He [Robinson] stressed that his endorsement was as an individual, not as bishop." Read more