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Bumpy Lane: Religious Right Operative Seeks To Build (Another) Church-Based Political Machine

Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

Bye, Bye Bob: Faith Can’t Save Former Va. Gov. McDonnell From Federal Prison

One-time Pat Robertson golden child Robert F. McDonnell’s fall from grace reached its conclusion yesterday as the former Virginia governor was sentenced to two years in federal prison for what has been described as “lending the prestige of the governor’s office” to a local businessman in exchange for money, trips and fancy toys. Read more

Fall From Grace: What The Religious Right Should Learn From The McDonnell Scandal

Leaders of Religious Right groups are fond of telling us that if we elect more fundamentalist Christians to office, we’ll have less corruption. Biblical literalists must be more ethical, right? Read more

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Va. TV Preacher Blasts ‘Nonsense’ Of Church-State Separation

It has been a while since we visited the Pat Robertson Carnival of Craziness, so fasten your seatbelts and strap on your helmets. We’re going in.

In an extended rant last week, the volatile TV preacher warned America that militant Muslims and atheists are at work to “destroy the fabric” of society. Robertson opined that the only way to stop them is to put an end to this “nonsense” about separation of church and state. Read more

Church Of Mammon?: IRS Says Large Televangelist Group Qualifies As A House Of Worship

If you want to start a church, all you need is your own television show. So says the Internal Revenue Service, anyway.

A recent report by National Public Radio (NPR) told the puzzling story of Daystar, a televangelist network based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The network, which is run by Marcus and Joni Lamb, is “dedicated to spreading the Gospel 24 hours a day, seven days a week” to its potential audience of 2 billion worldwide. Read more

A Tribute To Frank Lautenberg: New Jersey Senator Was Strong Supporter Of Church-State Separation

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) died early this morning, and with his death, the last of a generation has passed from the U.S. Senate. At 89, he had been the oldest member of the upper chamber and the last to have served in the Second World War. Read more

Sudden Conversion: Religious Right Warms Up To Church-State Separation In Calif. Yoga Case

Religious Right groups spend a lot of time beating on church-state separation. TV preacher Pat Robertson once called that constitutional principle “a lie of the left” and said it comes from the old Soviet Constitution.

Not to be outdone, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association asserted that Adolf Hitler invented church-state separation.

Others have been less hyperbolic but have still made it clear that they’re no fans of the handiwork of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Read more

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