It’s Friday and time for another quick roundup of stories about church-state separation and the Religious Right you might have overlooked in the media. Let’s get right to it.
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Today is the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer (NDP), and despite a recent federal court decision ruling the day unconstitutional, it must still go on.
Jerry Falwell Jr.’s attempts to forge Liberty University students into a dominant political machine and take over the city of Lynchburg (Va.) have been thwarted – for now.
In Lynchburg’s municipal elections yesterday, a slate of candidates closely aligned with Falwell fared poorly, and a Liberty University student who ran for a spot on the city council came in last.
Bust out your radios, kiddies, because Dr. James Dobson has returned to the airwaves.
You might recall that Dobson, founder of the Religious Right powerhouse Focus on the Family (FOF), announced last year that he planned to retire from the group and cease his daily radio broadcasts.
This past weekend, I attended my sister’s graduation ceremony at the University of Michigan, where President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address.
The Ann Arbor ceremony included a variety of speeches welcoming the students, their families and the president. Some speeches were inspiring, others were congratulatory and most contained a good deal of school spirit. (Being a Buckeye myself, hearing “Go Blue” shouted by our president particularly stung.)
Mat Staver is a piece of work, isn’t he?
Staver, in case you case you haven’t been keeping up with the Falwell Empire, is dean of the Liberty University School of Law and head of Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal group.
More than 200 years ago, Virginia was the most powerful state in the fledgling United States of America, spawning visionary leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
How times have changed in the Old Dominion.
Instead of leaders such as Jefferson and Madison, who fought state-established religion and labored to bring full religious liberty to all, Virginia’s government today is saddled with a collection of ideologues who kowtow to the Religious Right and constantly seek to fan the flames of the “culture war.”
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a religious symbol dispute that is almost certain to leave a Latin cross standing in a public park in California.
The court was split 5-4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the plurality opinion. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Antonin Scalia backed the decision, while Justices John Paul Stevens, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.
Did you know that President Barack Obama’s name is really “Barry Soetoro”? Did you know that he “obviously hates Christianity”?
Were you aware that Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is an “atheist Jew” who deserves to be thrown into a swamp?
Have you heard that God was so angry over a recent court ruling striking down the National Day of Prayer that he sent a fireball soaring over Wisconsin?
I don’t really look to Bob Barr for sound advice on religious liberty issues.