The Bush administration's hostility towards church-state separation and indifference to religious diversity was on full display at a recent White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Conference on Hispanic Youth in Washington, D.C.
Religion saturated the agenda at the Sept. 24 event: Two invocations were given by Christian clergy, one before a videotaped welcome by President George W. Bush and the other preceding Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' keynote address. Read more
One of the most foolish arguments the Religious Right uses against church-state separation is that the concept is communistic.
Political and religious leaders like Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Roger Williams, John Leland and others pioneered church-state separation in colonial America long before anyone knew what a communist was. Yet over the years, advocates of church-state separation had to fend off claims that the Soviet constitution separated church from state. Read more
The nation's Religious Right leaders may still be hunting for an appropriately far-right candidate to get behind in the 2008 presidential election, but until that special someone is found they'll continue to rely on bashing gays to motivate their supporters to the polls. Read more
It looks like some officials in the military just can't grasp that fact that freedom of belief means all beliefs – even those they personally dislike.
Earlier this week, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a federal lawsuit charging that Army officials violated the rights of a soldier serving in Iraq who attempted to convene a meeting of atheists and freethinkers.
The legal complaint alleges that Jeremy Hall, an Army specialist at Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq, was threatened by a major after Hall met with fellow non-believers. Read more
Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson has made it clear once again that he does not think much of the presidential candidacy of former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.
Earlier this year, Dobson questioned Thompson's Christian bona fides, saying, "I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression." (Thompson is a member of the Church of Christ.) Read more
James Carroll, author of the best-selling book Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, has strong opinions about the dangers Christian fundamentalism presents not just to the United States but to the world. Read more
Today is the 220th birthday of the United States Constitution. On a day when people across the country will (hopefully) pause to reflect on our nation's governing charter, we'd like to draw your attention to an often-overlooked clause in the penultimate article.
Article VI, Clause 3 says that all public servants will be bound by "oath or affirmation" to uphold the Constitution of the United States, "but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Read more
For years, civil liberties activists have worked to warn public school officials about a Bible curriculum offered by a group called the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS). Read more