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Chaplaincy Challenge: Why Don’t U.S. House Members Pay Their Own Preacher?

Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending.

That’s House Speaker John Boehner’s mantra and the reason the House Republicans claim they were put in charge.

Yet despite this, Boehner and his friends are continuing to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for a House chaplain. Boehner has nominated the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Jesuit priest and theology teacher at a Catholic school in Portland, Ore., to fill the position. Read more

Fundamental Error: KJV Resolution In Congress Should Be DOA

Of all the things Congress should and could be spending time on, a resolution celebrating the influence of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is certainly not one of them. Read more

College Class: Students Express Support For Church-State Separation

It’s always a pleasure to find fellow church-state separationists who are as passionate about the First Amendment as we at Americans United are.

This week, two college students have taken the time to speak out against what they see is unconstitutional government mingling with religion. Read more

Slander From Santorum: Former Senator Once Again Proves That He’s No Jack Kennedy

We’ve criticized former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on this blog before for his poor understanding of church-state separation.

Santorum believes President John F. Kennedy was wrong when, in a famous 1960 speech, Kennedy vowed to be the president of all people and make his policy decisions not on the basis of what his Roman Catholic faith demanded but on the grounds of what was good for the country. Read more

Marriage In Maryland: Senators Resist Lobbying Campaign By Church Hierarchy

Last night, when the Maryland Senate passed a marriage equality bill by 25-21, a win was scored for equal protection -- and for church-state separation.

The measure, if approved by the House and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, will allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.  It’s legislation that isn’t sitting well with the Catholic hierarchy, especially considering the large number of Catholics who hold public office in the state. Read more

A Political Pastor’s Penitence: Graham Wishes He Hadn’t Been So Close To Power After All

There is a myth about the famous evangelist Billy Graham that goes like this: Graham was apolitical, a pastor to all presidents, Republican and Democratic. His main goal was to provide comfort by sharing faith. He was above politics.

The only problem with this is that it’s not true. Sure, Graham did pray with presidents from both parties. But he had a bad habit of interjecting himself into right-wing politics. He often took ultra-conservative stands and during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon became a type of informal White House advisor. Read more

All The President's Clergy: Obama Looks To Five Religious Leaders For Counsel

Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times uncovered some interesting news yesterday about President Barack Obama and his personal expressions of faith. Read more