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Faith-Based Flight Pattern: White House Staffers Earn Their Wings, Thanks To Religious Right Cash

The White House is apparently a heavenly place to pick up some free travel, courtesy of religious lobbying groups.

According to a recent article in The Hill, White House travel records show that churches and other religious entities paid for close to a quarter of the privately funded trips taken by White House aides since late 2006. Read more

Prescription For Controversy: Bush Endorses Move To Curtail Access To Birth Control

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Justice Injustice: Regent Grad Hired Only The 'Pro-God' And The 'Pro-GOP' At The DOJ

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Juvenile Injustice: DOJ 'Faith-Based' Grants Were Steered To Bush Allies, Says ABC

Thanks to a strong push by the Bush administration, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded part of a $1.2 million grant to an evangelical Christian organization, Victory Outreach, whose mission is to carry "the hope and message of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the earth," ABC News has reported.

The other part of the $1.2 million was awarded to a consulting firm run by Lisa Trevino Cummins, who previously headed Hispanic outreach efforts for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Read more

Capital Opportunity: Congress Should Flunk D.C. School Voucher Scheme

A House appropriations subcommittee holds hearings today on whether to renew Washington, D.C.'s school voucher scheme. The "Opportunity Scholarship Program," which has an annual budget of $15 million, provides 1,900 vouchers worth up to $7,500 each for students to attend religious and other private schools in the nation's capital. Read more

God's Earmarks: Congress' Religious Pork Isn't Kosher

The New York Times reported last May that religious groups' ability to secure federal funds for land, buildings and social services was increasing dramatically. The Times noted that "some religious organizations are also hiring professional lobbyists to pursue the narrowly tailored individual appropriations known as earmarks." Read more

Unsound Science: Former Surgeon General Laments Bush Administration's Theology-Driven Health Policies

It should come as no surprise that the Bush administration is silencing science to push its political and religious agenda. A string of government scientists, from the National Institutes of Health to NASA, has criticized Bush for ignoring scientific evidence demonstrating the promise of embryonic stem-cell research and the dangers of global warming. Read more

Rally Around The Wall: Pro-Separation Baptists Celebrate Religious Liberty

The Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) shift to the far right is a familiar and disconcerting story. One of its most prominent voices, Richard Land, the SBC's top lobbyist in Washington, is widely seen as an influential player into today's Religious Right movement and a strident opponent of church-state separation.

But the SBC does not speak for all Baptists. Baptist bodies in the United States are diverse, and even many Southern Baptists oppose the strident stands taken by Land. Read more

Earmark Of The Beast: Behind-The-Scenes Lobbying Collars Religious Pork From Congress

Religious Right lore holds that religious groups in America are treated like second-class citizens. They are scorned and relegated to the back of the public policy bus.

But like so many things portrayed as "conventional wisdom," this claim about religion in the United States is false. In fact, religious organizations are quickly becoming savvy at playing the lobbying game in Washington, D.C., and are increasingly tapping the federal purse for millions in taxpayer support. Read more

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