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Religious Test: FRC Explains Why Real Christians Must Be Right Wing

For years, Religious Right groups like the Family Research Council (FRC) have complained that the Democrats are too secular. They've scored the party for failing to take faith seriously and criticized many of its leaders for being reluctant to talk about religion on the stump.

These days, many Democratic presidential candidates are talking more about religion. (Some would say they're talking about it too much.) During the debates, Democratic candidates have been quizzed on their favorite Bible verse, what they pray for and what sins they've committed. Read more

Where Would Jesus Shop?: Mainstream Leaders Reject Religious Right Humbuggery

Jesus wants you to go shopping this Christmas at Wal-Mart, Macy's and J.C. Penney's. But whatever you do, don't venture into The Gap, Eddie Bauer or Old Navy.

Well, I guess I shouldn't say it's Jesus who wants you to make those shopping decisions. It's Dr. James Dobson and some of the other Religious Right honchos who claim to speak for Jesus in our day. Read more

Don't Worry, Be Happy!: Religious Right Attorney Tries To Spin InnerChange Court Loss

Yesterday a federal appeals court ruled in Americans United's favor in an important case testing the "faith-based" initiative, declaring tax-funded support of a fundamentalist Christian prison rehabilitation program in Iowa unconstitutional.

That's what happened in the real world. In an alternate universe occupied by the Religious Right, the outcome was a little different: The Religious Right won the case! Read more

Standing Pat: TV Preacher Robertson Retrenches, But Keeps Power At CBN

Every morning at 10 o'clock, I settle down in front of the TV for a little time with Pat Robertson. We at Americans United like to keep an eye on his "700 Club," in case he attacks church-state separation or says something outrageous.

My morning routine has come in handy several times (like the time we leaked to the media that Robertson said, and then denied saying, that the U.S. should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez). Usually there's not much worth repeating. Read more

Unintelligent Decision: Texas Education Official Forced Out For Supporting Sound Science

I've worked at Americans United for 20 years, and in that time, I've read about -- and even witnessed -- a lot of dumb things happening because of pressure from the Religious Right. I thought I'd seen it all, but every now and then something occurs that takes my breath away.

Something like that just happened in Texas. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has forced its director of science curriculum to resign because – horror of horrors! – she had the temerity to issue an e-mail pointing out a speech by a noted opponent of "intelligent design" (ID). Read more