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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.

Bigotry At Lunch: Md. Delegate Bashes Dissenting Senior

Like a lot of older folks, Maryland resident Margaret Sayre enjoys taking meals at a nearby senior center. She doesn't have to cook and gets some social interaction at the same time.

But there was one thing about the practice that bothered Sayre: The meals at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center open with Christian prayers led by an attendee. Sayre says she had no problem when the meals opened with a moment of silence, but when Christian prayers became the norm, she wondered if that was appropriate at a government-funded facility.

Playing With Fire: Politics, Religion And Holy War

Tom Ehrich is fed up with the Religious Right's assault on American freedom. Ehrich, an Episcopal priest and columnist for the Religion News Service, tackled that topic in a July 6 RNS essay.

"In the 150 years preceding America's independence," writes Ehrich, "the religious did their best to carry on Europe's faith wars. Tensions within Protestantism and between Protestants and Roman Catholics did much to undermine American Colonial life.

'Faith-Based' Stumbling Block

Although the White House scheme to dole out tax dollars to religious ministries never passed Congress, the executive branch nonetheless has been cutting checks to advance President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative. A new federal court ruling published this week dealt this backdoor scheme a significant blow.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

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.

Bigotry At Lunch: Md. Delegate Bashes Dissenting Senior

Like a lot of older folks, Maryland resident Margaret Sayre enjoys taking meals at a nearby senior center. She doesn't have to cook and gets some social interaction at the same time.

But there was one thing about the practice that bothered Sayre: The meals at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center open with Christian prayers led by an attendee. Sayre says she had no problem when the meals opened with a moment of silence, but when Christian prayers became the norm, she wondered if that was appropriate at a government-funded facility.

Playing With Fire: Politics, Religion And Holy War

Tom Ehrich is fed up with the Religious Right's assault on American freedom. Ehrich, an Episcopal priest and columnist for the Religion News Service, tackled that topic in a July 6 RNS essay.

"In the 150 years preceding America's independence," writes Ehrich, "the religious did their best to carry on Europe's faith wars. Tensions within Protestantism and between Protestants and Roman Catholics did much to undermine American Colonial life.

'Faith-Based' Stumbling Block

Although the White House scheme to dole out tax dollars to religious ministries never passed Congress, the executive branch nonetheless has been cutting checks to advance President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative. A new federal court ruling published this week dealt this backdoor scheme a significant blow.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

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.

Bigotry At Lunch: Md. Delegate Bashes Dissenting Senior

Like a lot of older folks, Maryland resident Margaret Sayre enjoys taking meals at a nearby senior center. She doesn't have to cook and gets some social interaction at the same time.

But there was one thing about the practice that bothered Sayre: The meals at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center open with Christian prayers led by an attendee. Sayre says she had no problem when the meals opened with a moment of silence, but when Christian prayers became the norm, she wondered if that was appropriate at a government-funded facility.

Playing With Fire: Politics, Religion And Holy War

Tom Ehrich is fed up with the Religious Right's assault on American freedom. Ehrich, an Episcopal priest and columnist for the Religion News Service, tackled that topic in a July 6 RNS essay.

"In the 150 years preceding America's independence," writes Ehrich, "the religious did their best to carry on Europe's faith wars. Tensions within Protestantism and between Protestants and Roman Catholics did much to undermine American Colonial life.

'Faith-Based' Stumbling Block

Although the White House scheme to dole out tax dollars to religious ministries never passed Congress, the executive branch nonetheless has been cutting checks to advance President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative. A new federal court ruling published this week dealt this backdoor scheme a significant blow.

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