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Shariah Silliness: States Ponder Bigotry-Based Bans On Islamic Law

Just in case anyone is wondering, allow me to state, for the record, that Americans United for Separation of Church and State does not support the imposition of Islamic law on anyone in this country.

Of course, it would be unlikely that this would ever happen. Estimates of the U.S. Muslim population vary, but the high end is about 6 million – in a nation of more than 300 million people.

Palin Palaver: Constitution Based On Bible, Former Alaska Governor Tells O’Reilly

Once again, Sarah Palin has got it all wrong.

Last week, the former Alaskan governor appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to correct the “nonsense” she was hearing over the National Day of Prayer.

'Palin-tology': Have Former Alaska Governor's Views On Creationism Evolved?

I regard Sarah Palin's new book like I do the movie "New Moon" – I'm not the intended audience and I don't really care about it.

But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin's book, it has become obvious that I'm going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though I'd rather not.

So let's just plunge right in, shall we?

It turns out there's actually a church-state angle because release of the book has reopened questions about what Palin does (or does not) believe about evolution.

What I Saw (And Heard) At The Revolution: Lessons From The 'Values Voter Summit'

I'm back from the Religious Right Bizarro World that is the "Values Voter Summit." As always, it was quite an experience.

I'll have a full report on the event in the October Church & State, but I wanted to share some things I learned at the Summit with you today:

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.

A Christmas Calamity: Religious Right Scrooges Scuttle Moderate Evangelical Lobbyist Rich Cizik

The relentlessly grim James Dobson has a spring in his step today and a song in his heart. The hopelessly dour Richard Land is sipping eggnog and humming the Hallelujah Chorus. Chuck Colson is doing a little end-zone victory dance.

No, it's not a sudden burst of the Christmas spirit infecting these hard-line Religious Right Scrooges. It's the news that Rich Cizik has been forced out as vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).

Of Pigs, Lipstick And Elections: Candidates Should Be Talking About Serious Constitutional Concerns

For the past few days, both presidential candidates have been up in arms about a "lipstick on the pig" comment made by Barack Obama.

People have been wondering: does Obama's comment mean he's sexist? Is he calling Palin a pig? Or is it just an expression that the McCain camp has blown out of proportion?

Here's my thought: No matter who the pig is and what color lipstick he or she may or may not be wearing, Americans have a big decision to make come November -- and wasting even one day worrying about pigs and lipstick isn't helping this country make that decision.