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Stars And Stripes And Crosses?: Florida's Clashing Symbols

All citizens who need to do business with Gov. Jeb Bush's top lawyer must walk past a small American flag that is a little different than the one you might be used to seeing. Superimposed over the stars is a white cross.

An aide to the governor claims that the card has been posted in the reception area of General Counsel Raquel Rodriguez's office for some time and was intended as "a tribute to those brave souls who were lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11."

Jewish Groups Stand Up For Church-State Separation

In the debates over school vouchers and President George W. Bush's so-called "faith-based" initiative, there is a constant dilemma for religious organizations: stand for the founding principles of our republic or accept government money. The suffering economy has hurt the coffers of many congregations and the promise of government dollars can be difficult to resist.

Senator Booked Moon's Room, But He Didn't Know For Whom...

The mystery has been solved. We now know who arranged for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon to get space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building March 23 for the self-proclaimed messiah's coronation. U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) admitted yesterday that he got the room for the controversial Korean evangelist – but he says he did so unknowingly.

Republican Revival?: David Barton's Partisan Pulpit Tour

For years, a self-proclaimed historian named David Barton has traveled the nation, offering fundamentalist Christian audiences a cut-and-paste version of American history that intends to prove that separation of church and state is a myth and that America's founders intended for the United States to be a "Christian nation."

Roy Moore's Ten Commandments Road Show

Three years ago this month, Roy Moore, then chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, waited until the end of the day and then arranged to have a two-and-a-half ton Ten Commandments monument placed in the lobby of the state Judicial Building.

The action sparked a lawsuit. Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center joined forces to challenge Moore's religious display on behalf of state residents. Moore lost at every level, and when he refused to remove the monument anyway, was removed from the court.

In Memory Of Sidney G. Schempp

An unsung heroine of church-state separation died on Monday, July 5, of liver disease in Castro Valley, Calif. Sidney G. Schempp, 91, was a key figure in one of the most controversial church-state cases in American history. The decision that bears her family's name, Abington Township School District v. Schempp, barred school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools.

Kansas Panel Addresses Questions Of Church Electioneering

Recent political debates have left some religious leaders confused about the legal ins and outs of their role in this campaign year. The eagerness of some preachers to advocate on both sides of marriage amendment debate risk the tax-exempt status of their churches if they cross the boundary into partisan politicking. In an attempt to clear the air, top law enforcement officials in Kansas convened an unprecedented summit to discuss current tax law governing church electioneering.

Sen. Frist's Missionary Positioning: Playing Politics With The Constitution

Any doubts that the Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment was a Religious Right-driven election-year scheme should have evaporated the morning of July 14. With the vote just minutes away, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) took time out from his busy schedule to conduct a live interview on TV preacher Pat Robertson's "700 Club" program.

Robertson introduced Frist as "the man who has led the fight on this issue from the start" and asked him a series of softball questions, mostly designed to give Frist an opportunity to attack the Democrats.