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Air Force Action: New Religion Guidelines Issued

Repercussions are still being felt from Americans United's report to Pentagon officials earlier this year about evangelical Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy.

Yesterday Air Force officials released a set of guidelines covering religious expression that apply not only to the Academy but to bases nationwide.

The document makes it clear that while service members retain the right to discuss religion with their peers, senior officers must take pains to avoid imposing their religion on subordinates.

Robertson Repents, Sort Of: TV Preacher Struggles To Overcome Comments On Chavez

Televangelist Pat Robertson spent most of yesterday attempting damage control after his call for the American military to assassinate President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

During his Aug. 24 "700 Club" broadcast, the 75-year-old TV preacher insisted that he had not used the word "assassination," during his rant against the Venezuelan leader two days earlier. "I said our Special Forces should 'take him out,'" Robertson maintained. And then he blamed the Associated Press for misinterpreting his words and essentially igniting a national and international uproar.

Pat's Prevarication: 'Reverend Terminator' Says He 'Was Misinterpreted'

TV Preacher Pat Robertson's call for the American government to assassinate Venezuela's president may have done irreparable damage to his already shaky standing among the nation's religious and political circles.

Robertson's Aug. 22 comments during a broadcast of "The 700 Club," that killing President Hugo Chavez would be "a whole lot cheaper than starting a war," was condemned by American officials and drew worldwide attention. Even Religious Right leaders, some of whom have been close allies of Robertson, sought to distance themselves from the televangelist's commentary.

Blessing Court-Bashing: Justice Nominee Roberts Gave His Amen To Bill Bennett Blast

More documents about Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts continue to be released by the White House – and for defenders of church-state separation, the news is not good.

According to a Washington Post report, in 1985 Roberts, then working as a legal advisor in the Ronald W. Reagan White House, was asked to review a speech then-Education Secretary William J. Bennett planned to deliver to the Knights of Columbus.

Declaration Of Truth: Bogus School Bias Case Ends In California

California public school teacher Stephen J. Williams created quite a stir last year with his claim that he had been told not to use the Declaration of Independence in class due to its reference to "the Creator."

Backed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a well-heeled Religious Right legal group bankrolled by TV preachers, Williams filed a lawsuit. He also made a round of appearances on right-wing television programs, spilling out his tale of woe to sympathetic hosts.

Discriminatory Divorce Decree Overturned In Indiana

The Indiana Court of Appeals has invalidated a county judge's order that barred divorcing Wiccan parents from exposing their only child to their spiritual practices.

In early 2004, Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford granted a divorce to Thomas E. Jones Jr. and Tammie U. Bristol. The order directed the Indianapolis residents "to take such steps as are needed to shelter [the child] from involvement and observation of these non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

Injudicious Rhetoric: Religious Right Works To Divert Discussion Of Justice Nominee Roberts' Record

Right-wing activists are rallying around President George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts and slamming the nominee's critics as hate-mongers.

Televangelist Jerry Falwell, who relishes attacking Americans United for Separation of Church and State as well as a host of other progressive groups, recently issued an e-mail to supporters decrying critics of Roberts.

In his July 29 "Falwell Confidential," the televangelist argues, in a typically shrill fashion, that organizations such as Americans United are working to "DESTROY JUDGE ROBERTS."

Science Divide In White House? Bush Touts 'Intelligent Design,' But His Science Adviser Calls Evolution 'Cornerstone of Biology'

So where does President George W. Bush stand on the issue of teaching so-called "intelligent design" (ID) as a scientific alternative to evolution in the public schools?

At the White House Monday, Bush was asked by a reporter whether he believes ID – the latest variant of creationism -- should be taught in the nation's public schools. According to a Knight-Ridder reporter and other reporters' accounts, Bush said yes.

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

Air Force Action: New Religion Guidelines Issued

Repercussions are still being felt from Americans United's report to Pentagon officials earlier this year about evangelical Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy.

Yesterday Air Force officials released a set of guidelines covering religious expression that apply not only to the Academy but to bases nationwide.

The document makes it clear that while service members retain the right to discuss religion with their peers, senior officers must take pains to avoid imposing their religion on subordinates.

Robertson Repents, Sort Of: TV Preacher Struggles To Overcome Comments On Chavez

Televangelist Pat Robertson spent most of yesterday attempting damage control after his call for the American military to assassinate President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

During his Aug. 24 "700 Club" broadcast, the 75-year-old TV preacher insisted that he had not used the word "assassination," during his rant against the Venezuelan leader two days earlier. "I said our Special Forces should 'take him out,'" Robertson maintained. And then he blamed the Associated Press for misinterpreting his words and essentially igniting a national and international uproar.

Pat's Prevarication: 'Reverend Terminator' Says He 'Was Misinterpreted'

TV Preacher Pat Robertson's call for the American government to assassinate Venezuela's president may have done irreparable damage to his already shaky standing among the nation's religious and political circles.

Robertson's Aug. 22 comments during a broadcast of "The 700 Club," that killing President Hugo Chavez would be "a whole lot cheaper than starting a war," was condemned by American officials and drew worldwide attention. Even Religious Right leaders, some of whom have been close allies of Robertson, sought to distance themselves from the televangelist's commentary.

Blessing Court-Bashing: Justice Nominee Roberts Gave His Amen To Bill Bennett Blast

More documents about Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts continue to be released by the White House – and for defenders of church-state separation, the news is not good.

According to a Washington Post report, in 1985 Roberts, then working as a legal advisor in the Ronald W. Reagan White House, was asked to review a speech then-Education Secretary William J. Bennett planned to deliver to the Knights of Columbus.

Declaration Of Truth: Bogus School Bias Case Ends In California

California public school teacher Stephen J. Williams created quite a stir last year with his claim that he had been told not to use the Declaration of Independence in class due to its reference to "the Creator."

Backed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a well-heeled Religious Right legal group bankrolled by TV preachers, Williams filed a lawsuit. He also made a round of appearances on right-wing television programs, spilling out his tale of woe to sympathetic hosts.

Discriminatory Divorce Decree Overturned In Indiana

The Indiana Court of Appeals has invalidated a county judge's order that barred divorcing Wiccan parents from exposing their only child to their spiritual practices.

In early 2004, Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford granted a divorce to Thomas E. Jones Jr. and Tammie U. Bristol. The order directed the Indianapolis residents "to take such steps as are needed to shelter [the child] from involvement and observation of these non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

Injudicious Rhetoric: Religious Right Works To Divert Discussion Of Justice Nominee Roberts' Record

Right-wing activists are rallying around President George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts and slamming the nominee's critics as hate-mongers.

Televangelist Jerry Falwell, who relishes attacking Americans United for Separation of Church and State as well as a host of other progressive groups, recently issued an e-mail to supporters decrying critics of Roberts.

In his July 29 "Falwell Confidential," the televangelist argues, in a typically shrill fashion, that organizations such as Americans United are working to "DESTROY JUDGE ROBERTS."

Science Divide In White House? Bush Touts 'Intelligent Design,' But His Science Adviser Calls Evolution 'Cornerstone of Biology'

So where does President George W. Bush stand on the issue of teaching so-called "intelligent design" (ID) as a scientific alternative to evolution in the public schools?

At the White House Monday, Bush was asked by a reporter whether he believes ID – the latest variant of creationism -- should be taught in the nation's public schools. According to a Knight-Ridder reporter and other reporters' accounts, Bush said yes.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

Air Force Action: New Religion Guidelines Issued

Repercussions are still being felt from Americans United's report to Pentagon officials earlier this year about evangelical Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy.

Yesterday Air Force officials released a set of guidelines covering religious expression that apply not only to the Academy but to bases nationwide.

The document makes it clear that while service members retain the right to discuss religion with their peers, senior officers must take pains to avoid imposing their religion on subordinates.

Robertson Repents, Sort Of: TV Preacher Struggles To Overcome Comments On Chavez

Televangelist Pat Robertson spent most of yesterday attempting damage control after his call for the American military to assassinate President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

During his Aug. 24 "700 Club" broadcast, the 75-year-old TV preacher insisted that he had not used the word "assassination," during his rant against the Venezuelan leader two days earlier. "I said our Special Forces should 'take him out,'" Robertson maintained. And then he blamed the Associated Press for misinterpreting his words and essentially igniting a national and international uproar.

Pat's Prevarication: 'Reverend Terminator' Says He 'Was Misinterpreted'

TV Preacher Pat Robertson's call for the American government to assassinate Venezuela's president may have done irreparable damage to his already shaky standing among the nation's religious and political circles.

Robertson's Aug. 22 comments during a broadcast of "The 700 Club," that killing President Hugo Chavez would be "a whole lot cheaper than starting a war," was condemned by American officials and drew worldwide attention. Even Religious Right leaders, some of whom have been close allies of Robertson, sought to distance themselves from the televangelist's commentary.

Blessing Court-Bashing: Justice Nominee Roberts Gave His Amen To Bill Bennett Blast

More documents about Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts continue to be released by the White House – and for defenders of church-state separation, the news is not good.

According to a Washington Post report, in 1985 Roberts, then working as a legal advisor in the Ronald W. Reagan White House, was asked to review a speech then-Education Secretary William J. Bennett planned to deliver to the Knights of Columbus.

Declaration Of Truth: Bogus School Bias Case Ends In California

California public school teacher Stephen J. Williams created quite a stir last year with his claim that he had been told not to use the Declaration of Independence in class due to its reference to "the Creator."

Backed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a well-heeled Religious Right legal group bankrolled by TV preachers, Williams filed a lawsuit. He also made a round of appearances on right-wing television programs, spilling out his tale of woe to sympathetic hosts.

Discriminatory Divorce Decree Overturned In Indiana

The Indiana Court of Appeals has invalidated a county judge's order that barred divorcing Wiccan parents from exposing their only child to their spiritual practices.

In early 2004, Marion County Superior Court Chief Judge Cale J. Bradford granted a divorce to Thomas E. Jones Jr. and Tammie U. Bristol. The order directed the Indianapolis residents "to take such steps as are needed to shelter [the child] from involvement and observation of these non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

Injudicious Rhetoric: Religious Right Works To Divert Discussion Of Justice Nominee Roberts' Record

Right-wing activists are rallying around President George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts and slamming the nominee's critics as hate-mongers.

Televangelist Jerry Falwell, who relishes attacking Americans United for Separation of Church and State as well as a host of other progressive groups, recently issued an e-mail to supporters decrying critics of Roberts.

In his July 29 "Falwell Confidential," the televangelist argues, in a typically shrill fashion, that organizations such as Americans United are working to "DESTROY JUDGE ROBERTS."

Science Divide In White House? Bush Touts 'Intelligent Design,' But His Science Adviser Calls Evolution 'Cornerstone of Biology'

So where does President George W. Bush stand on the issue of teaching so-called "intelligent design" (ID) as a scientific alternative to evolution in the public schools?

At the White House Monday, Bush was asked by a reporter whether he believes ID – the latest variant of creationism -- should be taught in the nation's public schools. According to a Knight-Ridder reporter and other reporters' accounts, Bush said yes.

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