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It Turns Out It’s ‘Unbiblical’ For A Woman To Be President. Sorry!

Every now and then, I find it useful to take a break from monitoring the familiar Religious Right groups and venture into the darker corners of the web where the lunatic fringe lurks. You see some interesting – and disturbing – things there.

For example, a group of far-right, fundamentalist Lutherans has been debating whether a woman can be president. Their answer is no. It is, you see, unbiblical.

What About The Children? Third Presidential Debate Offers No Insight On Issues Like Education

The nation heard more of the same during the third and final presidential debate last night. Once again, the main topics of discussion were things like national security, jobs and the deficit.   

The state of the economy and how we’ll fight ISIS are important, to be sure. But we heard a lot about these issues during the first two debates. At times, last night’s debate felt like a repeat of the first two.   

Taking A Break From Evangelicals, Trump Stumps At Hindu Event

Beleaguered Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been aggressively wooing conservative evangelical Christians for months, but he recently took some time out to target another religious group: Hindus.

Last week Trump spoke to the crowd at a Hindu charity concert in New Jersey. Politico reported that Trump addressed about 10,000 attendees between acts of the Bollywood-themed show.

A Week After The Release Of The Infamous Tape, Top Religious Right Leaders Are Standing By Their Man

On Saturday, AU’s Director of Communications Rob Boston wrote a blog post detailing the Religious Right’s reaction to videotape that exposed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about how he can commit sexual assault and harassment and get away with it because he’s famous.

In case you need a reminder:

Does The IRS Really Take Political Activity By Churches As ‘Seriously’ As It Claims?

It seems in recent years that whenever churches break the federal law prohibiting houses of worship and other 501(c)(3) non-profits from endorsing or opposing candidates, the Internal Revenue Service treats those violations with a shrug. And with all the talk this election season about repealing that anti-politicking law, Americans United felt it necessary to ask the IRS what it plans to do going forward to enforce a law that is good for both democracy and faith.    

You Might Have Missed It For The Insults, But An Important Question About Judges Was Asked Last Night

Given the events of the past few days, there was relatively little hope that last night’s presidential debate would turn into a substantive discussion of policy issues. Indeed, The Washington Post noted that the night was dominated by insults, and its print edition called the event a “dark, bitter faceoff.”

Go Ahead And Break The Law, Ky. Governor Tells Pastors

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) had a major ethics lapse recently when he advised clergy to break the law.

In an address to a group of pastors at the governor’s mansion, Bevin told them that even though the federal tax code prohibits houses of worship (and other 501(c)(3) organizations) from endorsing or opposing candidates for office, the Internal Revenue Service is just a “paper tiger” so there’s nothing to worry about.