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. Read more
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. Read more
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: Read more
The Family Research Council’s (FRC) annual Values Voter Summit (VVS) will be held this weekend in Washington, D.C., and it seems FRC President Tony Perkins is getting a head start on that gathering’s indulgence in Islamophobia. Read more
The Obama Administration recently issued the latest in a series of regulations designed to ensure that Americans have access to affordable birth control, but the move is unlikely to resolve litigation over the matter, says Americans United. Read more
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. Read more
Proposed regulations released today by nine federal agencies will bring about necessary reforms to the rules that apply to partnerships between the government and faith-based social-services providers, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Right on cue, the right wing is in high dudgeon over comments President Barack Obama made during last week’s National Prayer Breakfast that are supposedly anti-Christian and offensive.
The president was pointing out that the terror and bloodshed of groups like ISIS is hardly unique from an historical perspective. Read more