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.
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.
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."
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.
The White House is apparently a heavenly place to pick up some free travel, courtesy of religious lobbying groups.
According to a recent article in The Hill, White House travel records show that churches and other religious entities paid for close to a quarter of the privately funded trips taken by White House aides since late 2006.
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The Religious Right is once again flexing its political muscle.
It's odd. Some media analysts say this movement is dead or dying – but the leadership of the Religious Right apparently hasn't gotten the word yet.
A shadowy collection of Religious Right fat cats appears to be working behind the scenes to encourage churches to promote the presidential candidacy of Mike Huckabee.
For months, Americans United has been receiving reports about state-based groups with names that include words like "renewal" and "restoration." The idea seems to be to bring together fundamentalist pastors for closed-door meetings that, organizers say, discuss social issues.