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Holy-War Fever: Radical Rhetoric Stokes Flames Of Right-Wing Paranoia

Is America on the verge of a holy war?

One writer seems to think so. In a provocative Esquire article, John H. Richardson detects an increasingly radical – and potentially violent – stream of religious-political activism afoot in the United States. Read more

Falwell Fast One?: Lynchburg Preacher's Sectarian House Prayer Doesn't Track Chaplain's Online Version

This weekend, for the first time since I have lived here, I found myself at a Washington-area Hindu temple.

That's because my parents were in town, and when my mom visits, it's on the top of her to-do list. So to satisfy my mother, and my religious quota for a while, I spent 10 to 15 minutes at a local temple.

I may not spend much time praying, but I still consider myself a Hindu and a follower of the faith. I don't need to listen to prayer all the time or have images of my faith displayed all around to know that. Read more

Palin's Parlay: What Lies Ahead For The Former Alaska Governor – And Her Religious Right Base?

Yesterday's newspapers were reminiscent of those heady days of fall 2008 – a time when the media and public obsessed over a little-known Alaska politician named Sarah Palin.

Palin stepped down from her position as governor of Alaska on Sunday. As I read news accounts of her resignation speech, it seemed her reasons for leaving the position were vague – but what's even more unclear are her plans for the future. Read more

'Family' Values?: Secretive C Street Band Is Wild And (Not So) Innocent

An otherwise non-descript house at 133 C St. S.E., in Washington, D.C., is getting a lot of attention lately. Last week I swung by to take a look at it myself.

What did I see? Not much. It's a red brick house with an American flag unfurled above the door and well-maintained shrubbery in the yard. So why all the fuss? Read more

Obama In Cairo: President Says Religious Liberty Is Necessary For World Peace

We're sure in the coming days we're going to hear a lot of grunting from Religious Right groups over President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo this morning.

After all, his address, intended to improve relations between Islam and the West, celebrated religious diversity, reached out to Muslims and discussed how important it is to tolerate the beliefs of others. Not exactly what the Religious Right would want to hear. Read more

Wright Is Wrong: Religious Right Leader Attacks Obama – And Jesus

Hang on to your pews, flock. I'm about to preach some.

Turn in your Bibles to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 6. Now sit tight while I explain my sudden interest in exegesis. Read more

Back From The Grave: Reports Of The Religious Right's Death Are Premature (Again)

Have you heard the news? The "culture wars" are over! Well, not really. They were over for about five minutes. Now they're back on again.

Here's what happened: Word started getting around that James Dobson of Focus on the Family had given a farewell speech to his staff during which he conceded that the Religious Right had failed to achieve many of its policy goals. Some in the media interpreted this as an admission of defeat and a sign that the Religious Right is giving up. Read more

He's Baaaaack!: Newt Gingrich Slithers Out From Under A Rock – Again

Here's some news you might have missed: Newt Gingrich is trying to refashion himself yet again – this time as a moral leader who seeks to "renew" America.

No, no, I was not taken in by a story from The Onion. This is true. Yep, everyone's favorite serial adulterer, the mother of all toxic assets, Newt Gingrich wants to lecture you, me and everybody else on how to live a good, decent and Christian life. Read more

A Knight In Shining Armor: Evangelical Pastor Says Church-State Separation Benefits Religion

Is church-state separation a threat to Christianity? Religious Right forces want you to think so.

During the past few months, Religious Right leaders have railed against the alleged secularization of Christmas and agitated in favor of government recognition of the Christian aspects of the holiday. In a Tuesday column in The Christian Post, for example, Mark Earley groused that "city leaders are going all out to yank the Christ child out of any and all Christmas events." Read more

Ballot Bias: California's Proposition 8 Writes Discrimination Into Law

Last Wednesday morning, I woke up to the disappointment that California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, was most likely going to succeed.

Many of my Californian friends were shocked that the usually progressive state they live in actually passed a measure that overturned the California Supreme Court's decision ensuring that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry. Read more

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