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Military Missionaries: Christian Embassy Recruits Converts With Pentagon Help

The former White House lawyer who helped expose religious discrimination at the U.S. Air Force Academy, has again uncovered an effort to push evangelical Christianity in the military.

Michael "Mikey" Weinstein's Military Religious Freedom Foundation hosted a press conference Monday to air a 10-minute promotional video produced by the Christian Embassy, an evangelical group organized to bring government leaders "into an intentional relationship with Jesus Christ."  Read more

Over The Wall: New York Times Reports On 'Faith-Based' Prison Ministries That Flout Church-State Separation

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) last week spent a night behind bars in a high-security prison in Louisiana in a somewhat over-the-top effort to promote government funding of religious rehabilitation programs for inmates.

The senator, a staunch advocate of the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative, told the prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary that although he believes in a separation of church and state, he does not "believe in removal of faith from the public square."

Added Brownback, "Our motto of our land is, 'In God We Trust.'"  Read more

Bushes Get Naughty!: White House Declares War On Christmas – Again!

In our continuing effort to keep readers informed about developments in the "War on Christmas," we'd like to note the emergence of some new combatants: President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

The White House 2006 holiday card is just out – and it does not once mention the word "Christmas." Read more

Making A List And Checking It Twice: Falwell Knows Who's Naughty And Nice

It has come to this: So desperate is the Religious Right to prop up its claims of a "War on Christmas" that it is actually trolling retailers' Web sites and blowing the whistle on those that fail to use religiously correct terminology.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell's legal outfit, Liberty Counsel, has actually issued a list of companies it deems "Naughty" or "Nice" depending on the firms' use of the word "Christmas." (No, this is not a parody from "The Onion.") Read more

Religious Freedom Behind Bars: Prison Chaplains Oppose Government Coercion in Matters of Faith

Religious Right leaders often try to depict court decisions upholding church-state separation as hostile to Christianity. In fact, most American religious leaders know that separation is good for religion. Here's a recent example.

Last June, a federal judge ruled that a state-funded religious prison program in Iowa violated the First Amendment's promised separation between church and state. Read more

Resolution Revelation: Louisiana School Board Attack On Evolution Sparked By Religious Right

Once again, a Louisiana public school district is attempting a religiously grounded maneuver to hobble the teaching of science.

The Ouachita Parish School Board in Monroe has just passed a resolution dubbed "Teacher Academic Freedom To Teach Scientific Evidence Regarding Controversial Scientific Subjects." The measure, enacted unanimously, declares that evolution "can cause controversy" and, therefore, teachers must be allowed to "help students understand, analyze, critique and review" the alleged "weaknesses" of evolution. Read more

Thick As A Brick: Dobson Disses The 'So-Called Wall Of Separation'

Last Wednesday evening, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" to offer the evangelical take on many current events. King and Dobson discussed everything from O.J. Simpson's now-defunct book and movie deal to Dobson's unwillingness to sit on a three-man "spiritual restoration panel" for fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard.

The conversation got testy when discussion turned to same-sex marriage and the separation of church and state. Read more