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Pork For The Church Potluck: Tennessee Lawmaker Questions Use Of Public Funds For Churches

Let's not even entertain the notion that lawmakers could one day in the far-off future stop dishing out pork to win over voters. It's just too much to hope for.

But blocking the shoveling of tax dollars to churches is a cause worth fighting. That's because the First Amendment and many, if not all, state constitutions prohibit public funding of religion. And until the theocrats take over, we have church-state separation in this country. Read more

PBS Revelation: Network's 'Wall Of Separation' Has Religious Right Genesis

I like PBS. I really do. So I'm deeply troubled about a church-state program being rolled out on the network this month.

"The Wall of Separation" is a production of Boulevard Pictures, a California outfit that describes itself as "a motion picture production company committed to bringing moviegoers high-quality stories from the world's most innovative filmmakers—films that bring hope, inspire us to the good, and that show us what the human spirit can attain." Read more

Getting Personal: Questions About Presidential Candidates' Religious Lives Spark Controversy

Is there too much talk about religion in this year's presidential race?

On Tuesday, three Democratic candidates appeared at an event sponsored by Jim Wallis' Sojourners. Billed as a forum on "Faith, Values and Poverty" and televised on CNN, the discussion featured questions about a few political issues but also religious inquiries of a rather personal nature. Read more

Spirit One, IRS Too: Kansas Church Investigated For Political Endorsements

Yesterday "The Wall of Separation" noted that the Internal Revenue Service has issued a new report on questionable political activity by non-profit groups and a new revenue ruling giving guidance in this area.

The IRS is once again reminding non-profits that they may not legal intervene in partisan campaigns by endorsing or opposing candidates. Over the past few years, the IRS has repeatedly issued reports and warnings like this. Read more

Misjudgment In Malaysia: High Court Fails To Protect Woman's Religious Liberty

Malaysia's highest federal court earlier this week refused to recognize the conversion of a Muslim-born woman to Christianity. The panel ruled 2-1 that the decision was beyond the secular court's discretion.

Lina Joy, 43, converted from Islam to Roman Catholicism in 1998. Her troubles began shortly thereafter when she tried to change her religious affiliation on her national identification card. Because Islam requires adherents to marry within the faith, Joy would not be allowed to wed her Catholic fiancée if she was registered as a Muslim. Read more

'Bama Battle: Christian Coalition Civil War Heads Into State Court

The implosion of the Alabama chapter of the Christian Coalition last year has sparked some interesting fallout. The two sides are now in court battling over assets and flinging inflammatory charges at one another.

In August of 2006, "The Wall of Separation" reported that John Giles, head of the Alabama Christian Coalition, decided the national group was losing relevance and jumped ship. Giles formed a new organization, Christian Action Alabama. Read more

Man On A Mission: Tom DeLay Says God Has Sent Him On A Crusade To Save The GOP

It's good to know that TV preacher Pat Robertson isn't the only one who gets messages from God these days. The Almighty has also been talking to Tom DeLay, the former majority leader  of the House of Representatives.

God is apparently worried about the rough patch the Republican Party is going through, and he's tapped DeLay to fix it up.

DeLay explains it all in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Read more

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