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Persecution Complex: Why Religious Right Claims Of Hostility Toward Christians Ring Hollow

Yesterday I received an e-mail from the Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association advertising a new DVD titled "Speechless: Silencing the Christians."

"Facing rising persecution and discrimination, many Christians feel hopeless, uncertain what to do," reads the promotional copy. The e-mail promises that I will learn "how you can be prepared if you feel the pressure to be silenced for your faith." Read more

Fallacious Factor: Fox's O'Reilly, Religious Right Blame Wrong Party For Christmas Conflict

Fox News talk-show host Bill O'Reilly seems to be channeling his anger in the wrong direction yet again.

In an op-ed in The Washington Times today (and on his show), O'Reilly slams Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire for "allowing" an atheist group to post a Winter Solstice display next to a Christmas tree and a Nativity scene in the state's capitol building. Read more

Uncivil Union: Catholic Prelate Says He Wooed Mormons For California Marriage Battle

The more you learn about California's Proposition 8, the more it raises church-state concerns.

When well-funded sectarian allies manipulate the democratic process to take away the civil rights of a small minority of Americans, fundamental constitutional safeguards are gravely jeopardized. Conservative religious forces wanted to write their theological viewpoint about marriage into civil law, and they didn't mind trampling on the rights of same-sex couples in the process. Read more

Thanksgiving 2008: Be Thankful For Religious Liberty

Note: This post is a re-publication of one that originally appeared on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Enjoy the holiday!

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?

If so, what religious tradition will the prayer come from? Will it be a blessing from the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu faiths? Will it be Catholic, Mormon or one of the infinite varieties of Protestant denominations?

Maybe you won't offer a prayer at all, instead simply thanking the cook for the bounteous meal set before you rather than a deity of any sort. Read more