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A Week Off?: New Religious Right-Inspired Event Promotes Bad History

Kansas schoolchildren will take part in “Celebrate Freedom Week” next month thanks to a recently-passed bill intended, its authors say, to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Sounds innocuous enough—who could possibly object to a celebration of the Constitution?  
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The Presidential Debate: What I’d Ask The Candidates About Church-State Separation

If you’re at all interested in politics, there’s one thing uppermost in your mind today: the presidential candidates’ debate tonight at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will field questions from PBS “NewsHour” host Jim Lehrer. The focus of the debate is domestic policy. 

I’m sure a lot of the questions will turn on the economy – the unemployment rate, the budget deficit, taxation, health-care reform, funding for Medicare and Social Security, etc. Read more

Satisfying Survey: Evangelical Leaders Reject ‘Christian Nation’ Designation

A few months ago, the good folks at Free Inquiry magazine asked me to write an article debunking the “Christian nation” myth. I decided to pen a breezy piece listing five reasons why the United States is not an officially Christian nation, but I could have left it at just one: The Constitution doesn’t say we are. Read more

Is America A Christian Nation?

Religion, Government and Religious Freedom

Is the United States a "Christian nation"? Some Americans think so. Religious Right activists and right-wing television preachers often claim that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation. Even some politicians agree. If the people who make this assertion are merely saying that most Americans are Christians, they might have a point. But those who argue that America is a Christian nation usually mean something more, insisting that the country should be officially Christian. The very character of our country is at stake in the outcome of this debate.

Faith, Freedom And Frankfurters: An Independence Day Reflection

Last week, I gave a talk about church-state history at my wife’s church. I called my speech “The ‘Christian Nation’ Myth.”

Although I’m not an attorney, I laid out the case against the idea that the United States is some sort of officially Christian nation as one would in a courtroom, by marshaling the evidence.  I put forth the following points: Read more

Founded On Freedom: Treaty With Tripoli Reminds U.S. Of Our Origins

A new year is just getting started and Religious Right activists are already agitating for a government based on their fundamentalist Christian beliefs.

Blogger Shane Vander Hart discusses a new book by Dr. Wayne Grudem, professor of systematic theology at Phoenix Seminary, called Politics According to the Bible. In Grudem’s tome, he claims that anyone who thinks the government should exclude religion is plain wrong. Read more

Beck’s Dreck: Fox News Host’s Real Target Is Religious Liberty

Now that Glenn Beck’s Lincoln Memorial rally is over, it’s time to step back and ask the all-important question: What the heck was that all about?

Beck portrayed the “Restoring Honor” event as a celebration of civil rights. But the reporting I read about the bombastic Fox News Channel host’s D.C. get together made some of it sound more like a fundamentalist religious revival. Read more

History Test: Will Texas – And America – Ace Our Social Studies Final?

The social studies war in Texas continues to rage.

According to today's Houston Chronicle, those reviewing the state's social studies curriculum are deeply divided on what our Founding Fathers intended when it comes to church-state separation. Read more

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