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George Washington And The Religious Right: Theocratic Movement Seeks To Recruit Founding Fathers

In honor of Presidents' Day, let's talk presidents.
Religious Right activists devote large amounts of their time and resources to revising history. Certain facts about the nation's founding have been terribly inconvenient for that movement for decades.

These historical revisionists loathe the church-state separation principle. They've knocked it as un-American, linked it to communism and derided it as a modern-day tool used to prod Christianity from the public square. Read more

Of Death Prayers And Facts: A Response To The Southern Baptists' 'Request For Correction'

Is the Rev. Wiley S. Drake typical of the fundamentalist leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention? As one of the targets of Drake's Baptist fatwah, I have a pressing need to know.

Earlier this week, Americans United issued a press release announcing that Drake's First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park is being investigated by the IRS for illegal electioneering. Read more

Wishful Wallis: Death Of Religious Right Is Greatly Exaggerated

Here we go again.

"Moderate" evangelical leader Jim Wallis has yet again proclaimed the death of the Religious Right. Wallis has a new book out pushing this idea, and on Monday he joined a few others on a press call promoting a new poll that supposedly shows that evangelicals are fed up with the Religious Right. Wallis said they are leaving the movement in droves.

I sat in on the call. I read the poll. I'm not convinced. Read more

Courting Disaster: Honaker Nomination Is An Insult To The Constitution

No one should make the mistake of assuming that President George W. Bush considers himself a lame duck. In fact, Bush is as busy as ever trying to put his cramped view of church-state separation into practice in as many places as possible.

That includes the federal judiciary. Bush has nominated Richard Honaker, a former member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, to a federal judgeship. It's an alarming move, considering Honaker's extreme views. Read more

Dobson's Choice: Perpetually Disgruntled Dogmatist Threatens To Stay Home On Election Day

Is Dr. James Dobson an Old Testament prophet standing in the street corners decrying wickedness and calling for righteousness? Or is he just a crank and a closed-minded zealot?

He thinks he's the former. I lean toward the latter.

This week, the Religious Right leader issued an Election Day jeremiad in which he vowed never to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Read more

Colorado Collision: Religious Groups Demand Taxpayer Dollars, But Without Anti-Bias Rules

Some religious groups in Colorado are protesting a bill to ban discrimination in publicly funded jobs.

HB 1080, sponsored by House Majority Leader Alice Madden (D-Boulder), would forbid faith-based groups from discriminating based on disability, race, religion and sexual orientation when making employment decisions for publicly funded social service positions. Read more

Presidential Preachment: Campaigns Commandeer Pulpits For Partisan Purposes

Today is Super Tuesday. Naturally, the presidential candidates want to scare up every vote they can. As part of that effort, some of them spent the weekend appearing in churches.

During this election season, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has repeatedly expressed concern about church-based politicking. While we've focused most of our efforts on educating houses of worship, campaign officials have a role to play as well. Candidates and their staff members should not ask houses of worship to engage in possibly illegal activities. Read more