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Million Dollar Baby: Ralph Reed Recruited Dobson Into High-Stakes Casino Game

Poor James Dobson! A few weeks ago, the prominent Religious Right broadcaster had a much-publicized and much-lampooned run-in with cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Now Dobson's name is being dragged through the mud in connection with a Washington lobbying scandal.

According to news media accounts, political consultant (and former Christian Coalition Executive Director) Ralph Reed recruited Dobson into a controversial multi-million-dollar attempt to help Native American casino owners block the opening of a competing casino in Louisiana.

Faith-Based Fiasco: Department Of Justice Backs Bias

In 2003, more than a dozen workers at the Salvation Army in New York City filed a lawsuit against the group's new practice of discriminating on the basis of religion. As in many civil rights cases, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights division joined the case. Oddly enough, they joined in support of the Salvation Army instead of the employees accusing the group of discrimination.

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Reject Parochial School Bailout

After a Tuesday meeting with Cardinal John Egan, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared that a tax credit subsidizing Catholic school tuition "is not something they would consider" reported the Ithaca Journal.

The cardinal had been working to drum up support for the special tax credit in the hopes of adding $460 million to the coffers of his private school system. In his lobbying, Egan appealed to the fact that 42 Catholic schools are slated to close in June.

State-Sponsored Prayer Encouraged In Virginia

Not satisfied with promoting religion in their personal lives, members of the Virginia legislature have passed a law designating a period of "meditation" before any official governmental body can be called to order. Official declarations of "meditation" time or a "moment of silence" are usually an underhanded attempt at establishing publicly sponsored prayer. The author of this legislation is not so subtle as all that.

Schwarzenegger Pumps Church-State Separation

When a high-profile politician and governor of the nation's largest state offers a ringing endorsement of church-state separation, it is well worth applauding. Especially in current conditions, where a media-fueled conventional wisdom holds that politicians can only succeed by pandering to the Religious Right.

During an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged his Catholic beliefs, but said they would not and should not control his political actions.

Virginia's Religious Freedom Survives Legislative Attack

An attempt to rewrite Virginia's religious freedom provisions - words crafted by Thomas Jefferson and honed by James Madison and George Mason - has failed.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10 to 5 Monday to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would have opened the door to state-sanctioned prayer in public schools and other institutions.

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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

Million Dollar Baby: Ralph Reed Recruited Dobson Into High-Stakes Casino Game

Poor James Dobson! A few weeks ago, the prominent Religious Right broadcaster had a much-publicized and much-lampooned run-in with cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Now Dobson's name is being dragged through the mud in connection with a Washington lobbying scandal.

According to news media accounts, political consultant (and former Christian Coalition Executive Director) Ralph Reed recruited Dobson into a controversial multi-million-dollar attempt to help Native American casino owners block the opening of a competing casino in Louisiana.

Faith-Based Fiasco: Department Of Justice Backs Bias

In 2003, more than a dozen workers at the Salvation Army in New York City filed a lawsuit against the group's new practice of discriminating on the basis of religion. As in many civil rights cases, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights division joined the case. Oddly enough, they joined in support of the Salvation Army instead of the employees accusing the group of discrimination.

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Reject Parochial School Bailout

After a Tuesday meeting with Cardinal John Egan, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared that a tax credit subsidizing Catholic school tuition "is not something they would consider" reported the Ithaca Journal.

The cardinal had been working to drum up support for the special tax credit in the hopes of adding $460 million to the coffers of his private school system. In his lobbying, Egan appealed to the fact that 42 Catholic schools are slated to close in June.

State-Sponsored Prayer Encouraged In Virginia

Not satisfied with promoting religion in their personal lives, members of the Virginia legislature have passed a law designating a period of "meditation" before any official governmental body can be called to order. Official declarations of "meditation" time or a "moment of silence" are usually an underhanded attempt at establishing publicly sponsored prayer. The author of this legislation is not so subtle as all that.

Schwarzenegger Pumps Church-State Separation

When a high-profile politician and governor of the nation's largest state offers a ringing endorsement of church-state separation, it is well worth applauding. Especially in current conditions, where a media-fueled conventional wisdom holds that politicians can only succeed by pandering to the Religious Right.

During an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged his Catholic beliefs, but said they would not and should not control his political actions.

Virginia's Religious Freedom Survives Legislative Attack

An attempt to rewrite Virginia's religious freedom provisions - words crafted by Thomas Jefferson and honed by James Madison and George Mason - has failed.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10 to 5 Monday to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would have opened the door to state-sanctioned prayer in public schools and other institutions.

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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

Million Dollar Baby: Ralph Reed Recruited Dobson Into High-Stakes Casino Game

Poor James Dobson! A few weeks ago, the prominent Religious Right broadcaster had a much-publicized and much-lampooned run-in with cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Now Dobson's name is being dragged through the mud in connection with a Washington lobbying scandal.

According to news media accounts, political consultant (and former Christian Coalition Executive Director) Ralph Reed recruited Dobson into a controversial multi-million-dollar attempt to help Native American casino owners block the opening of a competing casino in Louisiana.

Faith-Based Fiasco: Department Of Justice Backs Bias

In 2003, more than a dozen workers at the Salvation Army in New York City filed a lawsuit against the group's new practice of discriminating on the basis of religion. As in many civil rights cases, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights division joined the case. Oddly enough, they joined in support of the Salvation Army instead of the employees accusing the group of discrimination.

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Reject Parochial School Bailout

After a Tuesday meeting with Cardinal John Egan, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared that a tax credit subsidizing Catholic school tuition "is not something they would consider" reported the Ithaca Journal.

The cardinal had been working to drum up support for the special tax credit in the hopes of adding $460 million to the coffers of his private school system. In his lobbying, Egan appealed to the fact that 42 Catholic schools are slated to close in June.

State-Sponsored Prayer Encouraged In Virginia

Not satisfied with promoting religion in their personal lives, members of the Virginia legislature have passed a law designating a period of "meditation" before any official governmental body can be called to order. Official declarations of "meditation" time or a "moment of silence" are usually an underhanded attempt at establishing publicly sponsored prayer. The author of this legislation is not so subtle as all that.

Schwarzenegger Pumps Church-State Separation

When a high-profile politician and governor of the nation's largest state offers a ringing endorsement of church-state separation, it is well worth applauding. Especially in current conditions, where a media-fueled conventional wisdom holds that politicians can only succeed by pandering to the Religious Right.

During an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged his Catholic beliefs, but said they would not and should not control his political actions.

Virginia's Religious Freedom Survives Legislative Attack

An attempt to rewrite Virginia's religious freedom provisions - words crafted by Thomas Jefferson and honed by James Madison and George Mason - has failed.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10 to 5 Monday to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would have opened the door to state-sanctioned prayer in public schools and other institutions.

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