Religious Right legal organizations claim to be standing up for Christian values and the highest standards of ethics and morality. In fact, several of the groups’ leaders and associates seem to have often fallen short of those ideals.
TV preacher Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), for example, has a complicated – and some say troubling – financial profile. Read more
The broken record that is Mat Staver, founder of the Religious Right group Liberty Counsel, is at it again: Christmas is under attack. Christmas is under attack. Christmas is under attack.
You could have fooled me. I stopped in a local mall last weekend, and it sure looked to me like Christmas was in full swing. On my way there, I passed more than one church with a Nativity scene on its lawn. Based on the decorations on my block alone, which include both the secular and the sacred, you’d have a hard time not knowing it’s Christmastime. Read more
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
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
Take a look at the picture of me accompanying this blog post. Do I look scary to you?
I didn’t think so.
But I’ve apparently managed to terrify Jerry Newcombe and some of his Religious Right friends. They say I’ve been stalking the land like a kind of civil liberties Godzilla, stomping on the rights of Christian pastors all over the nation. . Read more
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