A controversial Texas pastor who partnered with Dallas officials to offer counselling and support services to local law enforcement is under fire for making anti-LGBT comments.
Every other year during election season, Americans United reminds clergy nationwide to stay out of partisan politics.
Most religious leaders have no problem respecting the federal tax code’s prohibition against campaign intervention by houses of worship and other non-profits that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Religious Right leaders have complained a lot about President Barack Obama since he took office in January of 2009. Among their litany of gripes is that the president doesn’t go to church very often. (This, of course, just feeds kooky right-wing conspiracy theories that Obama is secretly a Muslim.)
Well, Obama and his family went to church on Sunday for Easter services. And guess what, the Religious Right still isn’t likely to be happy.
The end of the year is a time for lists. You’re probably seeing a lot of them – “25 Best Books of 2012,” “10 Overlooked Movies,” “What’s Hot and What’s Not” or whatever.
Along those lines, here’s a list of the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2012 (listed in no particular order):
The Alliance Defense Fund is trumpeting an Aug. 27 clip of “Christian nation” revisionist David Barton appearing on Glenn Beck’s program lauding pulpit politicking.
Barton is looking forward to the ADF’s Sept. 26 “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” during which pastors will openly violate the law by endorsing or opposing candidates from the pulpit. Beck seemed taken with the idea as well.
A few misguided religious leaders in South Dakota have decided they are above the law and are plowing ahead with a plan to endorse a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.
Right-wing Web sites have been all atwitter about the Alliance Defense Fund's "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" that took place Sept. 27, hailing it as a bold exercise in nose-thumbing at the Internal Revenue Service.
An interesting survey was issued recently, indicating that many members of the clergy remain strong supporters of church-state separation.
The 2009 Clergy Voices Survey, issued May 20, sampled mainline clergy on their views regarding the separation of church and state. The findings were really rather encouraging.