When I picked up my Washington Post at the breakfast table this morning, the first thing I saw was a blaring headline reading, "Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum." All I could think was, "This ought to be good." Read more
It appears Cyprus is to the Middle East what Las Vegas is to the United States.
Well, sort of. Just as Sin City has become the destination for many American nuptials, Cyprus apparently has a booming wedding industry as well – but for a completely different reason. Read more
An interesting survey was issued recently, indicating that many members of the clergy remain strong supporters of church-state separation.
Are you an agent of Satan? Bishop Robert W. Finn thinks you might be.
In a recent address to the Catholic Church-sponsored "Gospel of Life Convention," Finn stated bluntly, "We are at war!"
Using highly intemperate language, the Kansas City, Mo., prelate said the "Church Militant" is "engaged in a constant warfare with Satan" and "human enemies," people who are "deceived by Satan's distortions and lies." Read more
Every day, Americans United staff members read numerous secular and religious publications, check out TV and radio preachers and drop by various Religious Right Web sites and other sources. We monitor the theocrats, so you don't have to. (No, there's no need to thank us.)
Here's a roundup of some recent tidbits you might have missed: Read more
Spring seems to finally be making an appearance here in Washington, D.C. Besides the flowers, warmer temperatures and upbeat moods, one other thing spring brings is the start of the wedding season.
I spent four days in Cleveland last week celebrating the wedding of a close friend. She had a Hindu ceremony with all the bells and whistles — from the groom arriving on a horse, to henna on her hands, to guests wearing colorful saris. Read more
Is the state of Utah a theocracy?
You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.
More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda. Read more
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
In all the emotional public debate over same-sex marriage, the overarching issue of church-state separation often gets lost. I'm glad to see that situation beginning to change.
Last week, Mike Swift of the San Jose Mercury News called to talk to about Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that takes away gay couples' right to get married in the Golden State. Read more
Sunday was Father's Day. Like millions of men all over the country, I enjoyed a little extra attention from my family. I got cards from my daughter and son, and my wife made one of my favorite meals, topping it off with her sinfully decadent coconut cake.
Alas, this domestic bliss will soon be a thing of the past. The Family Research Council (FRC) has informed us that this could be the last Father's Day ever. Why? Because same-sex couples are allowed to marry in California! Read more