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The Invention Of A Christian America

Editor’s Note: Steven K. Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Green, who served as legal director of Americans United from 1992—2001, is the author of several books on church-state relations, most recently Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding (Oxford University Press). Green dis­cussed his new book with Church & State Editor Rob Bos­ton recently. Read more

Operation Exclusion?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year in Town of Greece v. Galloway that communities may open their official meetings with prayer – as long as they strive to be inclusive.

It seems that Lincoln County, N.C., Commissioner Carroll Mitchem didn’t get that memo.

Mitchem, who identifies as Christian, announced recently that non-Christians, especially Muslims, would not be permitted to deliver prayers or invocations at county commission meetings. Read more

Founded On Faith?

It was June 28, 1787, and the delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia had reached an impasse. At a critical moment in which it seemed the convention was nearing dissolution, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin made an impassioned plea for all present to join together in prayer as a means of easing the mounting tension. Read more

Lost In Translation: Yet Another David Barton Claim Comes Under Scrutiny

When we last left David Barton, the Religious Right’s favorite pseudo-historian and “Christian nation” advocate , he was under fire for claiming that he had played on a record-setting basketball team at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in the mid- 1970s. Read more

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

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