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Religious phrases such as “In God We Trust” on currency and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance have survived court scrutiny, having been declared ceremonial and broadly non-sectarian. No student can be forced to recite the Pledge. Most courts, however, have refused to declare that recitation of the Pledge is unconstitutional due to its religious content. (It should be noted that these practices did not originate during America’s founding period. “Under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954.” The phrase “In God We Trust” first began appearing on coins during the Civil war but was not mandated on paper money until 1956.)

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

Kansas Preacher Gets Political

The Rev. Jerry Johnston of Oakland Park, Kan., recently organized a group of local clergy to argue that churches must get more involved in politics. Upset about the Kansas legislature's defeat of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Johnston began distributing a pamphlet containing background information on incumbent state legislators from the area. If they supported the amendment against gay marriage, the word YES appears by their picture.

Ralph Reed: Ramblin, 'Gamblin' Man?

An upcoming issue of The Nation (July 12) will carry a terrific piece about former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed's recent work on behalf of legalized gambling.

When Reed ran the hyper-moralistic Coalition in the 1990s, he denounced state-sponsored gambling as anti-family. As Jack Newfield points out in The Nation, Reed once called the spread of gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children."

Moon Over Congress: About That 'King Thing'...

Fallout continues from revelations that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was crowned "king of America" at a ceremony held in the Senate Dirksen Office Building in March.

Yesterday, The New York Times ran a story about the controversy, noting, with some understatement, that the royal congressional recognition of the controversial Korean evangelist (and self-proclaimed messiah) is "causing a bit of a stir" in the nation's capital.

IRS Warns Political Parties: Don't Politicize Churches

In election years, it's not uncommon for the Internal Revenue Service to issue a letter to non-profit groups, including houses of worship, reminding them that they may not intervene in partisan politics.

This year, the IRS is taking an additional step. It recently issued a three-page letter to officials with seven political parties reminding them not to lure non-profits into politics. It is believed to be the first time the IRS had issued such a letter to political parties.

Religion And Politics: A Moment In TIME

The role of religion in American politics is getting a great deal of press recently, so much so that TIME magazine devoted its cover story to exploring just how religious America wants their public officials to be. Of all likely voters, only 28% felt it very important that a presidential candidate be a religious person, according to the TIME poll. Despite this fact, 56% see religious values as a tool that public figures should use to guide their actions.

'Christian Nation' Controversy In Texas

Religious Right activists often insist that America is a Christian nation. Although most Americans are indeed Christians, the TV preachers who talk about America as a "Christian Nation" mean something more -- that America should be officially Christian.

Bush And The Vatican: Political Parley?

President George W. Bush has apparently asked top Vatican officials to push American bishops to become more politically active. In a talk with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the president reportedly declared that 'Not all the American bishops are with me' on the cultural issues, according to stories by the National Catholic Reporter and The New York Times. Some observers saw his remarks as an appeal for hierarchical help in the upcoming elections.

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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

Kansas Preacher Gets Political

The Rev. Jerry Johnston of Oakland Park, Kan., recently organized a group of local clergy to argue that churches must get more involved in politics. Upset about the Kansas legislature's defeat of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Johnston began distributing a pamphlet containing background information on incumbent state legislators from the area. If they supported the amendment against gay marriage, the word YES appears by their picture.

Ralph Reed: Ramblin, 'Gamblin' Man?

An upcoming issue of The Nation (July 12) will carry a terrific piece about former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed's recent work on behalf of legalized gambling.

When Reed ran the hyper-moralistic Coalition in the 1990s, he denounced state-sponsored gambling as anti-family. As Jack Newfield points out in The Nation, Reed once called the spread of gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children."

Moon Over Congress: About That 'King Thing'...

Fallout continues from revelations that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was crowned "king of America" at a ceremony held in the Senate Dirksen Office Building in March.

Yesterday, The New York Times ran a story about the controversy, noting, with some understatement, that the royal congressional recognition of the controversial Korean evangelist (and self-proclaimed messiah) is "causing a bit of a stir" in the nation's capital.

IRS Warns Political Parties: Don't Politicize Churches

In election years, it's not uncommon for the Internal Revenue Service to issue a letter to non-profit groups, including houses of worship, reminding them that they may not intervene in partisan politics.

This year, the IRS is taking an additional step. It recently issued a three-page letter to officials with seven political parties reminding them not to lure non-profits into politics. It is believed to be the first time the IRS had issued such a letter to political parties.

Religion And Politics: A Moment In TIME

The role of religion in American politics is getting a great deal of press recently, so much so that TIME magazine devoted its cover story to exploring just how religious America wants their public officials to be. Of all likely voters, only 28% felt it very important that a presidential candidate be a religious person, according to the TIME poll. Despite this fact, 56% see religious values as a tool that public figures should use to guide their actions.

'Christian Nation' Controversy In Texas

Religious Right activists often insist that America is a Christian nation. Although most Americans are indeed Christians, the TV preachers who talk about America as a "Christian Nation" mean something more -- that America should be officially Christian.

Bush And The Vatican: Political Parley?

President George W. Bush has apparently asked top Vatican officials to push American bishops to become more politically active. In a talk with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the president reportedly declared that 'Not all the American bishops are with me' on the cultural issues, according to stories by the National Catholic Reporter and The New York Times. Some observers saw his remarks as an appeal for hierarchical help in the upcoming elections.

Pages

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

Kansas Preacher Gets Political

The Rev. Jerry Johnston of Oakland Park, Kan., recently organized a group of local clergy to argue that churches must get more involved in politics. Upset about the Kansas legislature's defeat of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Johnston began distributing a pamphlet containing background information on incumbent state legislators from the area. If they supported the amendment against gay marriage, the word YES appears by their picture.

Ralph Reed: Ramblin, 'Gamblin' Man?

An upcoming issue of The Nation (July 12) will carry a terrific piece about former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed's recent work on behalf of legalized gambling.

When Reed ran the hyper-moralistic Coalition in the 1990s, he denounced state-sponsored gambling as anti-family. As Jack Newfield points out in The Nation, Reed once called the spread of gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children."

Moon Over Congress: About That 'King Thing'...

Fallout continues from revelations that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was crowned "king of America" at a ceremony held in the Senate Dirksen Office Building in March.

Yesterday, The New York Times ran a story about the controversy, noting, with some understatement, that the royal congressional recognition of the controversial Korean evangelist (and self-proclaimed messiah) is "causing a bit of a stir" in the nation's capital.

IRS Warns Political Parties: Don't Politicize Churches

In election years, it's not uncommon for the Internal Revenue Service to issue a letter to non-profit groups, including houses of worship, reminding them that they may not intervene in partisan politics.

This year, the IRS is taking an additional step. It recently issued a three-page letter to officials with seven political parties reminding them not to lure non-profits into politics. It is believed to be the first time the IRS had issued such a letter to political parties.

Religion And Politics: A Moment In TIME

The role of religion in American politics is getting a great deal of press recently, so much so that TIME magazine devoted its cover story to exploring just how religious America wants their public officials to be. Of all likely voters, only 28% felt it very important that a presidential candidate be a religious person, according to the TIME poll. Despite this fact, 56% see religious values as a tool that public figures should use to guide their actions.

'Christian Nation' Controversy In Texas

Religious Right activists often insist that America is a Christian nation. Although most Americans are indeed Christians, the TV preachers who talk about America as a "Christian Nation" mean something more -- that America should be officially Christian.

Bush And The Vatican: Political Parley?

President George W. Bush has apparently asked top Vatican officials to push American bishops to become more politically active. In a talk with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the president reportedly declared that 'Not all the American bishops are with me' on the cultural issues, according to stories by the National Catholic Reporter and The New York Times. Some observers saw his remarks as an appeal for hierarchical help in the upcoming elections.

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March 2016 Church & State

Debunker Of Lies

Chris Rodda Refutes 'Christian Nation' Pseudo-Historian David Barton In New Book

January 2016 Church & State

God On The Campaign Trail

Months Shy Of November, Religious Issues Are Already Roiling The 2016 Presidential Election

December 2015 Church & State

Bogus Battle

Religious Right Claims Of A ‘War On Christmas’ Are Thinner Than Cheap Wrapping Paper

October 2015 Church & State

Pugnacious Plaintiff

An Interview With Southern Baptist Minister Bruce Prescott, Who Successfully Challenged Government Display Of The Ten Commandments In Oklahoma