Feb 18, 1999
The Bible mandates death by stoning for rebellious teenagers, according to a Pennsylvania preacher and Religious Right activist.
The Rev. William O. Einwechter's article, "Stoning Disobedient Children," appeared in the January issue of Chalcedon Report, a monthly journal published by the Chalcedon Foundation in Vallecito, Calif.
In the article, Einwechter cites Deuteronomy 21:18-21, which advises parents to take "a stubborn and rebellious son" before city elders to be stoned to death if he will not change his ways.
Einwechter's viewpoint drew criticism from church-state separationists.
Feb 10, 1999
Television preacher and Religious Right leader Jerry Falwell has warned parents that "Tinky Winky," a character on the popular PBS children's show, "Teletubbies," may be gay.
In a "Parents Alert" in the February issue of Jerry Falwell's National Liberty Journal, the Falwell newspaper says the "sexual preference of Tinky Winky" is the subject of debate and notes that the character sometimes carries a red purse.
The newspaper article, headlined "Tinky Winky Comes Out Of The Closet," cites other evidence as well.
"He is purple — the gay-pride color;" observes the alert, "and his antenna is shaped like a triangle — the gay pride symbol."
Feb 09, 1999
Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn issued the following statement today concerning the resignation of Donald Hodel as president of the Christian Coalition:
"When Pat Robertson announced the appointment of Don Hodel and Randy Tate to run the Christian Coalition in June of 1997, he said their assignment was to double the group's membership, train twice as many political candidates and double the organization's legislative initiatives in Congress and in state legislatures.
Feb 01, 1999
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should cancel his scheduled appearance before a Republican-focused right-wing group that seeks the ouster of President Bill Clinton and takes controversial stands on issues that come before the court.
That's the view of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization that monitors the far right.
Jan 27, 1999
The Arizona Supreme Court's ruling approving a tax credit scheme to aid private religious schools jeopardizes public education and church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the state high court upheld a 1997 law allowing people to take a tax credit for money donated to organizations that subsidize private school tuition.