Wealthy Religious Right activist Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. has a problem: For years he poured money into the coffers of a theocratic organization so extreme that it advocated imposing "biblical law" on America and even executing gays, adulterers, fornicators, blasphemers, "witches," "incorrigible" teenagers and those who worship "false" gods.
Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson is controversial in part for his endorsement of spanking. The Religious Right leader's book Dare to Discipline endorsed corporal punishment at a time when many child-rearing experts were recommending other discipline techniques that did not rely on the infliction of physical pain.
Apparently, some Dobson acolytes have now concluded that a smack on the behind or striking a kid with a paddle is not punishment enough and have sought out more creative ways to inflict pain on recalcitrant youngsters. Enter "hot saucing."
The last time Kansas updated its science curriculum standards, we all know what happened. Religious Right-oriented members of the Kansas Board of Education tried to eliminate virtually every reference to evolutionary biology from the K-12 curriculum.
National and international outrage brought shame on the whole state. In the next election, the far-right members were swept out of office and replaced by moderates eager to restore science to science classrooms.
The Bush administration's point man for pushing the "faith-based" agenda has promised to fight local government ordinances that stand in the way of federal funding for religiously based social service providers.
TV preacher Jerry Falwell offered up a partial confession of sorts this weekend regarding his run-in with the Internal Revenue Service in the 1990s.
Following in the footsteps of a few bishops in other parts of the country, three Catholic bishops in the South have declared that politicians in their dioceses will be denied communion if they support a woman's right to choose to have an abortion.
The tenacious former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore is continuing his quixotic quest against church-state separation. Rejected by every court that heard his Ten Commandments display case and kicked off the bench for spurning a federal court order, Moore is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for his final reprieve.
Televangelist Jerry Falwell has vehemently denied that any tax-exempt group affiliated with his ministry has ever run afoul of the federal tax regulation that bars houses of worship and other nonprofit groups from endorsing or working to elect politicians.
Three Tampa, Fla., city council members walked out of chambers recently rather than listen to an atheist give the invocation.
U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) says his proposed legislation to permit religious leaders to endorse candidates for public office is necessary to restore free speech in America's pulpits. He even calls his bill the "Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act" (H.R. 235).
But now the truth has come out. As it turns out, the bill really isn't intended to promote free speech at all. Instead, Jones sees it as a vehicle to elect more conservatives to public office.