Editor’s Note: Today is the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer. “The Wall of Separation” is pleased to offer this guest post by James C. Nelson, a retired justice of the Montana Supreme Court. Nelson was appointed to the court by Gov. Marc Racicot in 1993 and was reelected to the position three times, serving until his retirement in 2013.
Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and if you want to pray, by all means have at it.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: You can pray (or not) as dictated by your very own conscience. You don’t need any branch of the government to tell you what to do when it comes to religion.
A letter drafted by Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family (FOF), has been getting some attention on social media sites and blogs lately.
In the missive, Dobson, a child psychologist who founded what has become one of the largest and most powerful Religious Right groups in the nation, surveyed the results of the November election. He’s not happy.
Like a lot of you, I got way too many political calls in the lead-up to the election. In fact, I stopped answering the phone.
The Roman Catholic bishops seem to have a problem with strong, independent women, don’t they?
The hierarchy recently launched an offensive against American nuns, accusing them of supporting “radical feminism” and failing to show sufficient enthusiasm for the bishops’ efforts to ban abortion and deny civil rights to gays. Now the all-male church leadership has decided to subject the Girl Scouts to an inquisition.
Is America a fundamentalist Christian nation where government and religion are merged?
Of course not. But if you stopped by the Cannon House Office Building here in Washington, D.C., today, you’d certainly think so.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force commandeered a large room there for the morning and turned it into a fundamentalist revival tent, replete with the usual Religious Right mix of faith and partisanship.
I was doing some grocery shopping this weekend, and as I left the store I was persuaded to make one last purchase. Outside were several Girl Scouts sitting at a table surrounded by boxes of cookies. I immediately reached for my wallet.
Girl Scout cookies rock. I’m partial to Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas. Plus, my daughter was a member of the Scouts when she was younger, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the organization.
But now there’s an added bonus to buying the cookies: You get to annoy the Religious Right.
It seems that some Republicans in the House of Representatives are awfully worried about government infringing on the liberties of the Religious Right, so the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution has called for a hearing today on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”
Attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) should be ashamed of themselves. They have succeeded in temporarily hindering sound science and impeding research that could save lives – just to push their fundamentalist religious agenda.
Yesterday, a district court issued a preliminary injunction to stop embryonic stem cell research. The ADF, along with Advocates International, had gone to court to stop the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding experiments using human embryonic stem cells.