Despite fevered lobbying, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has failed again to convince the state's legislature to amend the state constitution and gut its provision for church-state separation.
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The Maryland General Assembly has been considering a proposal that would amend the state's constitution to bar same-sex marriages. The measure was rejected in the House, but is being discussed in the Senate.
Earlier this month, a debate in a Senate committee showcased what has been obvious about this issue since its inception – the primary force behind this effort is the fundamentalist Christian movement.
During the Judiciary Committee's consideration of SB 690, Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R) heralded the Religious Right's offensive against same-sex unions.
In a conservative church, being asked if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior is to be expected. But in political discourse, the question is more than a little jarring.
The issue of "religious tests" for public office recently came to a head in Kentucky, where Jeff Sharp, county attorney for Barren County, is working with a church youth group to ask all Kentucky legislators and legislative candidates one question: "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?"
The Bush administration's desire to turn more and more government responsibility over to houses of worship -- along with lots of tax dollars -- appears to be insatiable.
In the heart of the Bible Belt, a few Missouri state lawmakers are trying to give Christianity a measure of government approval and protection. House Concurrent Resolution No. 13, introduced by State Rep. David Sater (R), claims America's Founding Fathers "recognized a Christian God" and established the nation on that God's principles.
Religious Right activists are trying to defend Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's thank-you note to James C. Dobson by minimizing the missive's political importance and dubbing it a small matter of religious devotion and good etiquette.
A federal court in Virginia has refused to buy into the arguments of a public school teacher that his rights were violated when the principal removed posters with religious messages from his classroom bulletin board.
The 35-page opinion from U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith relied on decades-old precedent that says public schools are not wide-open public forums and that public school teachers do not have unbridled free speech rights during the work day, just as students don't.
Advocates of "intelligent design" creationism suffered another setback recently when the Utah Senate rejected a bill that would have weakened the teaching of evolution in the state.
The so-called "Origins of Life" bill would have required Utah science teachers to read a disclaimer to their students asserting that not all scientists agree with evolution. Such disclaimers are a common tactic of intelligent-design (ID) advocates, who seek to instill doubts about the validity of evolution.
When you drop a donation into the collection plate at your chosen house of worship, is the money spent for religious purposes or does it wind up in the campaign coffers of some politician?
The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday that more than a 100 Maryland churches have contributed money to political candidates. According to The Sun's study, thousands of church dollars have wound up supporting politicians.
The Georgia House of Representatives is considering a bill that gravely threatens separation of church and state. HR 1345 would amend Article I, Section II of Georgia's Constitution, which governs religious freedom. This constitutional provision has protected the separation of church and state for 229 years. The safeguards that have helped religion flourish in Georgia since 1777 must not be abandoned.