Former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed has finally admitted that he accepted money from a lobbying firm to work on behalf of gambling interests - sort of.
The federal courts continue to issue rulings against officially sponsored prayers in the public schools.
Earlier this week, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction covers the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas, concluded that prayers held at mandatory public school staff meetings violate the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.
A new front has opened in the move toward "faith-based" prisons.
The "faith-based" initiative has attracted the attention and support of corrections officials in a number of states, including Florida, Texas, Kansas and Iowa. Now Georgia is joining the list.
Georgia newspapers reported yesterday that faith-based dormitories have been set up in six state prisons with plans to add the special units to all of the state's prisons.
Jerry Falwell just can't seem to escape his reputation as being fast-and-loose with the truth. The Religious Right leader encountered unexpected criticism as he prepared to speak in Lufkin, Texas, today.
Bishop T.D. Jakes, a prominent Dallas pastor and author, has voiced serious concerns about President George W. Bush's much-touted "faith-based" initiative.
Agapepress reported Aug. 18 that Jakes, pastor of Potter's House Church, has declared that churches accepting federal funds should set up separate entities to carry out publicly funded social services.
It's been a rough week for advocates of so-called "school choice" programs.
For the last three years, the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance have sown the seeds of controversy. When a federal appeals court ruled on the issue, church-state separationists were disturbed by the reflexive response of politicians and the media.
TV preacher Pat Robertson simply can't help himself. When given the opportunity to discuss any issue involving the separation of church and state, he inevitably lobs falsehoods and personal attacks at his opponents. Instead of reasoned debate, Pat would rather assail the other side with ad hominem attacks and outright lies.
That's just what he did yesterday on his "700 Club" broadcast.
Defenders of church-state separation hoped that the court defeat of Judge Roy Moore's 5,280-pound Ten Commandments monument would discourage others from following the same unconstitutional course. Now it seems that instead of just wanting to display the Commandments, some Religious Right activists are agitating for the entire Christian Bible.
Darla Kayne Wynne, a South Carolina Wiccan, sued Great Falls town officials for opening their meetings with only Christian prayers, and she has won at every level of the courts. Government, the judges held, can't favor one faith over others.
After last month's victory before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, Wynne went home thinking the case was over. A unanimous ruling from the usually conservative court all but ensures that the decision will stand.