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Celebrating The Secular: Obama Says U.S. Is Not A Christian Nation

The United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Nothing in the Constitution grants Christianity favored status. In fact, Article VI bans religious tests for federal office, and the First Amendment bars laws "respecting an establishment of religion" while protecting "the free exercise thereof" – for all faiths.

It's good to hear political leaders remind us of this fact from time to time, as President Barack Obama did yesterday during a press conference in Turkey.

Orange County Outrage: Supervisors May Divert Sex Ed Funds To Religious Group

Lock up the children! The Rev. Wiley Drake is on the loose again.

I'm sure you remember Drake, the controversial California pastor and media hound. Drake, a Southern Baptist, is perhaps best known for waging an "imprecatory prayer" campaign against Americans United and its staff (including me by name – thanks, Wiley!).

Veto Power: What James Madison Can Teach Barack Obama

In the history of church-state separation, certain dates are special: On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was officially ratified. On Jan. 1, 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury (Conn.) Baptists containing the famous "wall of separation between church and state" metaphor. The U.S. Supreme Court spoke strongly in favor of separation in Everson v. Board of Education, issued on Feb. 10, 1947.

'Faith-Based' Frenzy: AU Responds To Obama's Disappointing Announcement

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Have you ever had "one of those days" at work? I'm talking about the kind of day where something takes off, you get to working on it, and the next thing you know nine hours have flown by and you're surprised at how much you've accomplished.

Yesterday was like that here at AU. We knew that President Barack Obama would be issuing an executive order addressing the "faith-based" initiative. We didn't know what it would say, although speculation was rife.

You've Got (Hate) Mail!: The FRC's Tony Perkins Whips Out His Poison Pen About Obama's Election

I have to tip my hat to Tony Perkins and the gang at the Family Research Council: Within a week of the election, they issued what I am sure will be first of many fund-raising letters attacking Barack Obama. That's fast turn around.

This mean-spirited missive arrived at my home on Monday. I was impressed. Many Americans were still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, and here's the FRC with its inaugural hate-gram. Nice work, guys.

Confrontation Or Conversation?: Religious Right Leaders Ponder Tactics To Tackle Obama

Religious Right forces did everything possible to keep Barack Obama from winning the White House.

Leaders of the movement successfully mobilized their flock at the ballot box. Exit polls show that 74 percent of white born-again Christians voted for Republican candidate John McCain.

But there weren't enough evangelicals to win the presidency for McCain. Now Religious Right strategists are pondering what to do next.

Church Disservice: Candidates, Clergy Mix Religion And Politics Unwisely

Tomorrow, the 2008 election will be over, and the staff at Americans United can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

That relief won't be based on the election's outcome, but rather from no longer having to advocate constantly against the excessive use and abuse of religion in this presidential election -- an abuse committed by both the political left and right.

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