Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. Attorney General. In anticipation of that vote, Americans United today joined nearly 200 other organizations on a letter organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights that urges the committee to question Sessions on his role in developing executive orders and proposals advanced by Pres. Donald Trump this month.
The allegations the Rev. Derrick Gomez brought against the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2008 were shocking.
Gomez, who is African American, asserted that during a three-year stint as the church’s mission director, he was shunned from staff meetings, forced to work in a supply closet and subjected to various racial epithets. He said the atmosphere got so bad he resigned.
Is church-state separation a liberal concept – or a conservative one?
In a recent column in the Lexington Herald Leader, Kentucky preacher Paul Prather says such definitions are malleable. They can even morph over time from one extreme to the other.
Prather, now pastor of Bethesda Church near Mt. Sterling, found himself caught in a culture-war crossfire a few years ago.
The U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to come back into session Oct. 5, and just in time for that, Justice Antonin Scalia has decided to pop off in the media about how much he hates church-state separation – again!
In what is billed as an "Historic Exclusive Interview" in the Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish newspaper Hamodia, Scalia attacks one of the core concepts of church-state separation – the idea that government must remain neutral between religion and non-religion.