Dennis Prager's recent column, "America, not Keith Ellison, decides what book a Congressman takes his oath on," is astounding. The arrogance, bigotry and ignorance of our most basic legal principles in the title alone leave me speechless. Read more
The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Last Wednesday evening, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" to offer the evangelical take on many current events. King and Dobson discussed everything from O.J. Simpson's now-defunct book and movie deal to Dobson's unwillingness to sit on a three-man "spiritual restoration panel" for fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard.
The conversation got testy when discussion turned to same-sex marriage and the separation of church and state. Read more
After less than two months on the job, the Christian Coalition's new president has been sent packing.
In early October, Christian Coalition Chairman Roberta Combs announced the appointment of Dr. Joel C. Hunter, pastor of Northland Church, an interdenominational congregation near Orlando, to the volunteer position. Read more
A Religious Right law group has once again announced its Friend or Foe Campaign to "save" Christmas from "secular Scrooges."
More than 900 lawyers aligned with the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) have pledged to go after the "organized plot to remove all religious meaning from the holiday," The Arizona Republic reports in a recent article.
The problem is that the so-called "War on Christmas" is a myth and the Religious Right's offensive is as choreographed as "The Nutcracker." Read more
Two major newspapers published op-eds on same-sex marriage this week. That's not an uncommon topic, but both invoked a relevant, yet often overlooked, argument: banning same-sex marriage crosses the church-state line. Read more
It is rather remarkable to read the open displays of bigotry that proliferate on Religious Right Web sites.
Far-right religious zealots write the most outrageous things and offer up opinions that can only be described as intolerant, mean-spirited and ignorant – with absolutely no shame. Read more
The Religious Right's obsession over same-sex marriage is no longer limited to the United States.
In the generally more liberal nation of Canada, Religious Right groups and individuals are using same-sex marriage as a means to raise money and create a religio-political movement similar to the one that cropped up in America in the early 1980s. Read more
Washington has been abuzz lately with the revelation that some "values voters" broke from the Republican Party and voted Democratic on Nov. 7. The numbers were not huge, but the trend was perhaps big enough to tip the scales in several tight races.
Pundits from across the ideological spectrum have opined on why the GOP lost a slice of its base. Moderate evangelical magazine editor Jim Wallis pointed out that many centrist and even conservative Christians were fed up with the narrow "pro-family" agenda being limited to abortion and same-sex marriage. Read more
David Paszkiewicz is a youth pastor at Kearny (N.J.) Baptist Church. He is also a history teacher at Kearny High School. Sometimes, it seems, he gets the two roles mixed up.
Matthew LaClair, a student in Paszkiewicz's public school classs, recorded his teacher offering his class an array of religious opinions. Read more