With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a story that reminds me why I am thankful to work for Americans United and the cause of church-state separation.
Here they go again.
It seems that Religious Right activists are up to their usual dubious tactics — this time recruiting Georgia churches to try to secure a victory for U.S. Senate Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss in his Dec. 2 run-off. Read more
What is it with Religious Right zealots and holidays?
In recent weeks, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and other Religious Right zealots have ginned up their annual assault on "Happy Holidays." In a shameless bid to raise money and add a dollop of bitterness to the Christmas season, these folks are DEMANDING that merchants use the term "Merry Christmas" in their advertisements and in-store greetings. Read more
At yesterday's Texas State Board of Education meeting, Barney the Dinosaur asked board chairman Don McLeroy, "How old am I? 4,000 or 64,000,000?" (See Barney here.)
Someone dressed as PBS's big purple pal was there in Austin with dozens of scientists, students, teachers, clergy and other citizens to give testimony in support of sound science standards for Texas public school children. Read more
Next week, Americans will kick off the holiday season, but sadly, several employees at James Dobson's Focus on the Family (FOF) probably have lost that festive spirit.
On Dobson's radio broadcast yesterday, he shared that Colorado-based FOF is "experiencing the same financial shortfall and some of the pressures that have resulted from the economic downturn in this country." With that said, he announced that 149 filled staff positions and 53 open staff positions are to be cut, 20 percent of the total staff. Read more
Over the weekend, The Washington Times and The Washington Post ran opinion pieces on President-elect Barack Obama's search for a new school for his daughters.
The editorial page writers made an argument on behalf of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—a federally funded pilot program that has given school vouchers to students to attend religious or other private schools instead of Washington, D.C.'s public schools. Read more
Should America's Roman Catholic bishops deny themselves communion for engaging in forbidden political activities?
I'm certainly no scholar of church law, but I think you can make a pretty good case that they should.
As everyone knows, a large faction of the Catholic hierarchy has spent much of this year demanding that Catholic politicians conform American law to the church's doctrinal stance on abortion. These same bishops have demanded that Catholics vote only for political candidates who comply with church teachings as well. Read more
I have to tip my hat to Tony Perkins and the gang at the Family Research Council: Within a week of the election, they issued what I am sure will be first of many fund-raising letters attacking Barack Obama. That's fast turn around.
This mean-spirited missive arrived at my home on Monday. I was impressed. Many Americans were still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, and here's the FRC with its inaugural hate-gram. Nice work, guys. Read more