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Fundamentalist Legislators Lose Primaries In Two States

Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) and U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) lost primaries for their respective seats in June.

Klingenschmitt, who once publicly prayed for the death of Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, had decided to abandon his seat in the state House of Representatives in order to run for the Colorado Senate. He lost to veteran Republican lawmaker Bob Gardner.

God’s Will Not Done?: Disgraced Former Navy Chaplain Loses Bid For Public Office

It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran legislator Bob Gardner beat Klingenschmitt in a landslide. Gardner will face a Democratic challenger in November.

Lodi Letdown: Calif. City Votes To Continue Official Prayers

I wrote earlier this week about the increasing religious diversity of America and the rise of "nones" – people who say they belong to no specific religious group.

As the face of American religion changes, it's bound to have implications for public policy. All units of government will need to find ways to include everyone, regardless of what they believe or don't believe about God.

Pastor Of Hate: When Religious Right Rhetoric Goes Too Far

By now, many of you have heard about the preacher in Tempe, Ariz., who is praying for the death of President Barack Obama.

Thanks to You Tube, Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church has become kind of famous. Anderson's recent "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon has attracted wide attention.

No Credence: Carpetbagger Crank Klingenschmitt Shouldn't Get Stuck In Lodi

Lodi, Calif., is a city of about 62,000 residents between Sacramento and Stockton. I've never been there, but Wikipedia tells me the town is known for its wine production – it's the "Zinfandel Capital of the World." The band Creedence Clearwater Revival once penned a tune called "Stuck in Lodi."

But lately Lodi has been in the news for another reason: a nasty spat over prayers before city council meetings.

Spiritual Warfare: Ex-Chaplain Prays For Death Of AU's Lynn

On Friday I wrote about Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who has been trying to raise money and recruit supporters through a Religious Right Web site titled

Americans United and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) took issue with Klingenschmitt's site and his e-mail alerts that referred to him as "Chaplain Klingenschmitt" and showed him in a Navy uniform. We wrote to Navy officials, arguing that Klingenschmitt was attempting to mislead people, as he is a former chaplain.