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Checking The Scorecard: IRS May Be Cracking Down On Biased Religious Right 'Voter Guides'

Yesterday my colleague Jeremy Leaming wrote about spending his birthday at the Religious Right's "Values Voter Summit" this past weekend. I was there too, and while it wasn't my birthday, Saturday was a spectacular fall day in Washington, D.C., and I'd much rather have been out bike riding with my son.

But it's necessary that someone keep tabs on the Religious Right, so there I was. (I'll make it up to my son next weekend.) I saw, felt and experienced a lot over those two days, and I will have a full report about the conference in November's Church & State. Read more

At The 'Values Voter Summit': Religious Right Briefing Showcases Presidential Candidates

By the time the last speaker at a Religious Right gathering of so-called "values voters" wrapped up with a discussion on how to organize a political precinct, a headache that had been creeping up on me for hours seemed to have reached an excruciating crescendo. I couldn't find my painkillers – or the exit doors – fast enough. Read more

Extreme Event: 'Values Voters' Gather In Nation's Capital

Today and tomorrow, the top guns of the Religious Right are meeting in Washington, D.C., to screen the Republican presidential candidates.

The so-called "Values Voter Summit" is sponsored by Family Research Council Action, the action arm of the Family Research Council (FRC), along with Focus on the Family Action, the Alliance Defense Fund, American Family Association Action and Gary Bauer's American Values group. Read more

Faded Glory: IRS Is Investigating Oral Roberts University For Alleged Political Misconduct

Oral Roberts claims the university he founded in the 1960s because God ordered him to do so is still functioning "for the glory of God."

The colorful televangelist's defense of the Tulsa, Okla.-based Oral Roberts University (ORU) was prompted because of a slew of alleged wrong-doings leveled against his son, Richard, who is the university's president. In early October, three former ORU professors sued the school arguing they were wrongly dismissed after speaking out against the school's involvement in a political race. Read more

Irked In Akron: Some Ohioans Misunderstand AU Stance On Lord's Prayer At Council Meetings

The Americans United e-mail inbox is on fire! Critical correspondence is nothing new, but why all the hateful rhetoric today? I'm certain none of my colleagues were guests on the Fox News Network last night.

"You all must be some sort of terrorists," says one note, "to continually threaten people with this bull crap of separation....This country does not need stupid groups to fight for worthless causes." Read more

Campus Crusade For Accuracy: California Colleges Resist Fundamentalist Demands

How would you react if you found out that your daughter's ninth-grade public school history teacher believed that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were fundamentalists who sought to establish a "Christian nation"? Would you be upset if you sent your son to a summer camp on geology only to learn that it was taught by a creationist? Read more

Memphis Missteps: Churches Jump Headlong Into Mayoral Battle, Despite Federal Tax Law

Perhaps because of years of misguided advice from powerful Religious Right advocacy groups, houses of worship sometimes confuse their religious work with the machinations of politics.

Recently in Memphis, it appears that three churches sidestepped Internal Revenue Service regulations that prohibit all non-profits, religious and secular, from using their resources to support or oppose a candidate's run for public office. Read more

Coulter's America: Will Religious Right Leaders Distance Themselves From Awful Ann?

Religious Right leaders deny that their movement is intent on Christianizing the country. From time to time, however, close associates of the movement will veer off script and tell us what they really think.

For example, earlier this week, Ann Coulter, the right-wing pundit with a knack for selling boatloads of books and offering up over-the-top rhetoric, said the nation would indeed be a much better place if everyone were Christian. Read more

Santa Claus In Bethlehem?: A Christmas Skirmish Breaks Out In Berkley, Mich.

Was Santa Claus present in Bethlehem when Jesus was born? Some people in Berkley, Mich., may get that idea if a town referendum passes.

On Nov. 6, voters in Berkley will cast their ballots on a Charter Amendment that requires the local government to display a Nativity scene and other Christmas symbols on city hall property from the Monday after Thanksgiving until Jan. 6. Read more

Supremely Radical: Analyzing Clarence Thomas's Theocratic Vision

The First Amendment Center on Monday released a superb collection of essays analyzing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's treatment of First Amendment law.   The essays by leading constitutional law scholars and attorneys delve into Thomas's interpretation of the Amendment in general and of free speech and church-state separation in particular.     Read more