Back in the 1990s when I was regularly covering the antics of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition, one part of the job was particularly distasteful: listening to speeches by Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
Yesterday I traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to speak at the Rutherford Institute. The Institute, founded by attorney John W. Whitehead in the 1980s as a conservative Christian legal group, has changed a lot over the years. These days, John is critical of the Religious Right, and he has expanded the work of the Institute, taking on cases dealing with “zero tolerance” policies in public schools and government surveillance of citizens.
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:
Britney Spears' "Circus" tour is just getting under way. Brittany McComb's tour through the federal court system is about to come to an end.
In 2006, McComb made national headlines with her high school valedictorian speech.
As the Nevada senior began to tell her fellow graduates how God's "love is something that we all desire, it's unprejudiced, it's merciful, it's free, it's real, it's huge, it's everlasting.... God's love is so great that He gave up His only son," school officials pulled the plug on her microphone.