In October of this year, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) refused to vote for a resolution recognizing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He didn't exactly vote against it, but instead took no position because he didn't want people to think he was against government-supported religion. He just didn't want the U.S. Congress to support one of that religion's traditions. Read more
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A broken clock, they say, is right twice a day. That makes ultra-conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas the Big Ben of broken clocks. As I see it, he's wrong all day, every day, on just about every issue imaginable. Read more
On Sunday, a disturbed young man in Colorado named Matthew Murray shot and killed two people at a missionary training center in Arvada. He then went on to Colorado Springs, where he killed two more people at New Life Church before being shot dead by a church security guard. Read more
Thanks to the ascendancy of the so-called "values voter," the 2008 presidential campaign is filled with references to religion. As ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper recently pointed out, "You can't spend any time on the campaign trail this year without bumping into God." Read more
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
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
There exists a knee-jerk tendency among some enclaves in this country to equate American democracy with majoritarianism.
The U.S. Constitution, however, includes a Bill of Rights that tempers full-blown, survival-of-the-fittest type democracy. Thus that document protects minorities from majorities that, at times throughout our history, have showcased mob-rule mentality. Read more
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
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
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