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Bully Pulpit: President Bush Offers An Amen To The Dobsons' Dubious Agenda

It's no surprise that Religious Right leaders James and Shirley Dobson dropped by the White House this morning to join the National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance there. The Dobsons have been strong supporters of President George W. Bush, and Shirley heads the NDP Task Force, a private group that promotes fundamentalist Christian-oriented NDP events around the country. Read more

Crossing The Line: Religious Right Activists Plump For Politics In The Pulpit

The Family Research Council (FRC) has big plans for this election year – perhaps even legally questionable ones.

Kenyn Cureton, FRC's vice president for church ministries, appeared April 22 on Religious Right activist Janet Folger's "Faith2Action" radio program, discussing his organization's plans for mobilizing pastors this year. He may have been a little too frank. Read more

Tax Facts: IRS Reminds Churches About Rules Governing Political Activity

Clergy, take note: in this election year, the Internal Revenue Service is trying to help you stay out of tax trouble.

Earlier this month, the federal agency announced that it will continue its campaign to educate churches and other tax-exempt charities about the rules governing political activity. It will also enforce the law through appropriate intervention and penalties. Read more

Baby-Steps In The Bayou: Federal Judge Says Religious Display Was Unconstitutional, But Lets Altered Display Stay

The dispute over Jesus & Co. hanging in a Slidell, La., courthouse ended last week with a mostly favorable ruling by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle.  

It all started in early July, when City Court Judge Jim Lamz publicly refused to remove a 16th century Russian Orthodox painting called "Christ the Savior" and its accompanying message, "To know peace, obey these laws" from the courthouse foyer. Read more