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Wary Of Harry: Dobson Denounces Potter Books For Promoting Witchcraft

Dr. James Dobson never lets me down. When controversy erupts, I always count on Focus on the Family's grand inquisitor to come down on the wrong side.

You can imagine my shock, then, when I read in Wednesday's Washington Post that Dr. D. had praised the Harry Potter books. I almost fell off my chair. Read more

The Naked Truth: Bible Literacy Project's Censorship Of Adam And Eve Unveils Fundamentalist Agenda

Medieval theologians reportedly spent a lot of time debating whether Adam had a navel. The question was never firmly settled, but one thing's for sure: The rest of him was probably intact.

You would never know that by consulting the latest edition of The Bible and Its Influence, a glossy tome produced by the Bible Literacy Project (BLP) for use in public school Bible classes. Read more

Tortured History: Author Mansfield Mangles America's Treasured Church-State Tradition

A recent op-ed in the USA Today distorts Thomas Jefferson's vision, and the Supreme Court's interpretation, of church-state separation. The piece is by Stephen Mansfield, author of Ten Tortured Words: How the Founding Fathers Tried to Protect Religion in America and What's Happened Since.

Mansfield's evidence that the Supreme Court has strayed from the Founders' vision of church-state separation is weak, if not flat-out false. Read more

Casper's Commandments Caper: 'Historic Plaza' Offers Thin Disguise To Decalogue Display

Sometimes it seems politicians strive for ways to waste time and public funds.

For example, city officials in Casper, Wyo., are dead set on frittering away taxpayer dollars on public promotion of religion.

Apparently facing no budget difficulties and itching to appease the city's religious majority, Casper Mayor Kate Sarosy and other city officials today will dedicate a so-called "historic plaza," containing a large granite Ten Commandments monument surrounded by other displays. Read more

Prayer War On The Hill: Hindu Invocation In Senate Reveals Religious Right Rancor

Our nation's Religious Right cabal carps constantly about a lack of religion in the public square and promotes the wildly misleading notion that the nation's Founding Fathers envisioned a government devoted to Christianity.

This morning an incident unfolded in the U.S. Senate that provided a glimpse of the nastiness that movement has wrought. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had invited a Hindu clergyperson to offer a prayer to open today's session, and it was disrupted by angry howls from a gaggle of Religious Right protestors. Read more

Unsound Science: Former Surgeon General Laments Bush Administration's Theology-Driven Health Policies

It should come as no surprise that the Bush administration is silencing science to push its political and religious agenda. A string of government scientists, from the National Institutes of Health to NASA, has criticized Bush for ignoring scientific evidence demonstrating the promise of embryonic stem-cell research and the dangers of global warming. Read more

Repentant Evangelicals?: Conservative Christians Reconsider Salvation Through Politics

A growing number of evangelicals seems to be going through a new "great awakening" by realizing that salvation does not come through partisan politics.

Recent books by evangelicals such as David Kuo, Randall Balmer and Darryl Hart have challenged the Religious Right's view that Christians have a duty to use the political system to exercise control over society. Read more

Arlington Advance: Wiccan Pentacle Placement Represents Religious Liberty Progress

Among the many memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery this Independence Day was a small gathering at the gravesites of Army Captain William O'Rourke and his wife, Jan Deanna.

Captain O'Rourke passed away 11 years ago and had a Christian cross engraved on his headstone. His wife's side of the marker, however, has remained blank since her death in 2005 because she was Wiccan. Read more

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