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No Mixing Religion And Politics, Please, We're British

In a discussion over the role of religion in British politics, both religious and political leaders seem to agree: they don't want to be like America.

The dialogue in the United Kingdom was sparked by a Catholic prelate's comments. In the midst of a heated election season, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor praised the opposition Conservative Party's proposal to limit abortion to 20 weeks from the current 24, according to the BBC.

Extreme Response: DeLay And Dobson Go Off The Deep End

In response to the news of Mrs. Terri Schiavo's death, some religious and political leaders showed their true colors by issuing disturbing statements. For weeks, U.S. Rep. Tom Delay and Focus on the Family's James Dobson have trumpeted their opposition to removing Mrs. Shiavo's feeding tube. But the rhetoric they used in responding to the Florida woman's passing was over the top.

Sadly these quotations are not an April Fool's Day joke; they are all too real.

Jurors And Justice: Why The Bible Was Out Of Bounds

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a death sentence must be overturned because the jury unconstitutionally consulted a Bible while deciding the penalty. Jurors admitted reading a passage from Leviticus that demands an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Bible citations and other outside material are explicitly prohibited from being used as a resource in American jury rooms. What is at issue here is not the crime that was committed but the obligation of the court to ensure that justice is doled out properly.

Bad Medicine: Prescription For Theocracy?

Who should decide what religious doctrines you obey? You or your pharmacist. In a move that troubles many civil liberties advocates, some pharmacists across the nation are refusing to fill certain prescriptions, claiming a First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Ohio Restoration Project: Bringing Theocracy To The Heartland

A fundamentalist congregation in Ohio is spearheading a right-wing Christian drive to dominate politics in the Buckeye State. Fairfield Christian Church of Lancaster has an ambition so great that it caught the attention of The New York Times, which recently reported that the church and its allies are "mounting a campaign to win control of local government posts and Republican organizations, starting with the 2006 governor's race."

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.