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Intolerant Of Tolerance?: Critics Question Obama’s Call For Inclusion

President Barack Obama last month made a goodwill visit to a mosque in Baltimore. It was the first time Obama had visited an Islamic center on U.S. soil.

During remarks at the mosque, Obama reminded Americans of the importance of religious freedom. He noted that Muslims have been living in America from the beginnings of the country and spoke against hateful rhetoric directed against Muslims today.

Armed And Dangerous?: Falwell Suggests That LU Students Get Guns To Fend Off ‘Those Muslims’

I sometimes help out with logistics when Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn is traveling for a speech or a debate. I’m used to people asking me what hotel chains Barry prefers or what he likes to eat, but in September when Barry was debating Religious Right attorney Mat Staver at Liberty University, I got a question I hadn’t heard before: The folks at Liberty wanted to know if Barry or anyone traveling with him would be armed. The school had no objection to Barry or a member of his party carrying a concealed weapon, they just wanted to know beforehand.

How Do You Get Policy Change In Washington?: Persistence, Persistence, Persistence

When President George W. Bush took office, his administration set about to change the rules for how the federal government funds faith-based organizations to perform social services, like running soup kitchens, job training programs and homeless shelters. He established the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which worked with agencies across the federal government to weaken the longstanding church-state protections that had applied to these programs.

A Decade Of Disgrace: Marking Ten Years Of The ‘Values Voter Summit’

The annual Values Voter Summit (VVS), the nation’s largest gathering of the Religious Right, begins today. The event, sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association (AFA) and other far-right groups, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In light of that, I thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the highlights (or lowlights, if you will) of this event.

Here we go:

Down With Discrimination: Broad Coalition Of 130 Organizations Asks President Obama To End Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination

President Barack Obama’s White House website stresses that he is a civil rights president who is “leading the fight to protect everyone – no matter who you are, where you’re from, what you look like, or who you love.” Yet, the president continues to enforce a policy that allows taxpayer-funded religious discrimination.

Obama Says Religion Can Fight Poverty

President Barack Obama urged faith groups to “speak out” in a “more forceful fashion” on the subject of poverty and argued that there is a “transformative power” in religion to help low-income people during a May 12 discussion at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The event was part of a three-day symposium hosted by the university’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the National Association of Evangelicals, reported Religion News Service. About 700 people attended the symposium, which promised attendees a faith-based look at pressing social issues.

Say You Want A Christian Nation?: Let’s Try This One

Last week an article began circulating on social media claiming that 57 percent of Republicans in a recent poll said they believe Christianity should be the country’s official religion.

I didn’t want to believe this at first. I figured it must be an internet poll, or one that relied on a confusing question.

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