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Sarah Saves Christmas!: Former Alaska Gov. Says Thomas Jefferson Would Oppose Atheist-Led ‘War On Christmas’

Sarah Palin is still on the defensive as part of her phony “War on Christmas,” and now she seems to have recruited a new ally for her fight: Thomas Jefferson. Read more

The Religious Right Empire Strikes Back: Fundamentalists Target Churches For 2014 Elections

We’re just a few months removed from the 2012 elections, and the Religious Right is already hard at work trying to lure churches into partisan politics for the 2014 elections.

This week, Mat Staver’s Liberty Counsel, which is affiliated with Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University, said it is gearing up to help fundamentalists take “dominion” over the United States and make us a “Christian nation.” Read more

Fundamentalist Football: Liberty University ‘Champions’ Have A Game Plan To Run Your Life

I’m not really a fan of professional or college sports and don’t normally look at the Sports page of the newspaper. But a recent New York Times piece about Liberty University’s football program did catch my eye. Read more

Careless Counsel: Falwell Legal Group Offers Bad Advice On Churches And Politics

As election season heats up, we’re sure to see an increase in the number of houses of worship intervening in partisan politics by endorsing or opposing candidates.

Churches are tax-exempt nonprofits, and most pastors know this is illegal and inappropriate. But a small percentage – often prodded and provoked by Religious Right legal groups – is determined to violate federal tax law and drag partisanship into the pulpit. Read more

Backdoor Endorsement: Liberty U. Chancellor Falwell Gives Romney A Boost

It seems Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. just can’t help himself when it comes to political endorsements.

At the Lynchburg, Va., school’s graduation ceremony over the weekend, Falwell made sure to say that inviting Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP candidate for president, in no way constituted an endorsement by the tax-exempt institution. He even said nonprofits like Liberty can’t endorse candidates for office, which is exactly right.

So what did Falwell do next? Read more

Liberty Counsel Con: What’s Falwell Lawyer Mat Staver Got To Hide?

Here’s a question for Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel – what do you and your organization have to hide?

Liberty Counsel is a Religious Right legal group operating from Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University. It does things like argue that the Ten Commandments should be displayed in public buildings, that all abortions should be illegal and that marriage equality should be denied to gay couples.  Read more

Falwell Follies, Episode Umpteen: Jerry Jr. Runs Liberty U. Ads In Iowa That Feature Candidate Gingrich

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. is up to his old tricks again.

According to media reports, television ads that feature Newt Gingrich extolling the virtues of Liberty University have appeared in Iowa just before today’s presidential caucuses.

It doesn’t take much political imagination to see this as a barely disguised endorsement of the Republican White House hopeful. Read more

Unorthodox Deal: Jewish Group In New York May Have Traded Political Support For State Aid

The state of New York faces a daunting budget shortfall of $10 billion. The state’s public schools and universities have been told to expect a 10 percent across-the-board funding cut.

So naturally it’s time for state legislators to approve an $18 million appropriation for Orthodox Jewish seminary students. Read more

Constitutional Commandment: Virginia School Board Obeys First Amendment – At Least For Now

Good news from Giles County, Va.! It looks as though local school board members may have decided not to waste precious financial resources on a church-state lawsuit they were almost certain to lose.

On Tuesday, Ten Commandments posters in all local schools came down.

That may mean the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Virginia ACLU will not be taking this constitutional violation into court. Read more

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