In a bold move that clearly circumvents the will of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is allowing religious groups to discriminate in hiring on religious grounds in publicly funded programs.
The New York Times reported last May that religious groups' ability to secure federal funds for land, buildings and social services was increasing dramatically.
It's almost Halloween, and I like nothing better than to curl up with a classic monster movie. Just when you think the angry villagers have finally killed Frankenstein's monster, shot the wolfman with silver bullets or staked Count Dracula, up they spring again for another sequel.
There are all kinds of places where Akron City Council members can pray before their public meetings. Houses of worship, for example, are plentiful. Or city lawmakers could pray in their homes or other venues before getting down to council business.
Should a church be allowed to operate a public charter school?
Focus on the Family Chairman James C. Dobson is renowned for his animosity toward gays. He relentlessly opposes gay marriage, civil unions, job bias protections, hate crimes legislation and so on. Dobson once accused SpongeBob SquarePants of being a dupe for gay rights.
Government officials issue proclamations as the political winds demand. Although the proclamations carry no weight of law, they do bear the imprimatur of the government entity that issues them. Most are harmless gestures of goodwill that go largely unnoticed.
Yesterday my colleague Jeremy Leaming wrote about spending his birthday at the Religious Right's "Values Voter Summit" this past weekend.