Are Americans finally waking up to the stranglehold the Religious Right has over the government?
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.
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.
Has the Religious Right gone too far in its control over the Republican Party? Some long-time GOP leaders are beginning to think so.
Today, in a New York Times op-ed piece, former U.S. Senator John C. Danforth, warned, "By a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians."
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.
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.
Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whom the Religious Right has fought to keep alive against her husband's will, isn't dead yet - but already right-wing groups are using her to make money.
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."
Americans United's release of a closed-door recording of top congressional leaders Tom DeLay and Bill Frist kowtowing to the Religious Right has generated significant media interest - and is helping Americans understand the threat theocratic extremists pose to our freedoms.
Michigan's Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has joined a growing number of politicians seemingly seeking to use the Bush' administration's so-called "faith-based" initiative to curry favor with those so-called "values voters."