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Saddleback Sideshow: Presidential Professions Of Faith Distract Voters From The Core Issues Of The Day

Right-wing Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity got all cranky on the air the other night about Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn's complaints regarding the recent presidential forum at Saddleback Church.

"Who cares what Barry Lynn says?" he blustered, after cohost Alan Colmes, in an exchange with Pastor Rick Warren, cited Lynn's take. Read more

Saturday Night Live: Pastor Warren's Biblical Pop Quiz Bombed With N.Y. Youth

I headed up to New York City this weekend to visit with some friends from college, but before I arrived, I made sure to let them know that on Saturday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., I had to watch the interviews the Rev. Rick Warren was holding with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at his evangelical mega-church.

To that, of course, my 27-year-old friends said, "What?! Why are they doing that at a church?" Followed by, "I will not be watching that. You're on your own." Read more

Call On The Mall: Religious Right To Lead 'Solemn Assembly' In D.C. Tomorrow

Most political observers will be watching the Rev. Rick Warren's Saddleback Church tomorrow evening, where Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are scheduled to take part in a presidential forum on faith and values.

The Saddleback event is not a debate, and McCain and Obama won't appear on stage at the same time. But both men are expected to answer a number of questions about how their personal religious views might affect their time in office. Read more

Shepard's All Wet: Rain Man Reined In At Focus On The Family

It's good to know that there are some members and supporters of Focus on the Family (FOF) who do not believe God is petty and vindictive.

These FOF backers spoke up recently after Stuart Shepard, FOF's director of digital media, made a short video for the Religious Right group's Web site urging people to pray for rain during Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. Obama plans to give the speech outdoors at Denver's Mile High Stadium, so rain would be very unwelcome. Read more

Public School Calumny: LaHaye Launches Vicious Attack On Public School System

I'm always amazed at the hatred the Religious Right aims at America's public school system.

Last Thursday, Concerned Women for America (CWA) sent out an email with the subject line: "Please Help Our Children." At first, I thought maybe the group had come up some sort of assistance program for needy youngsters.

What an incredibly foolish thought!

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Defending Deceit: Religious Right Legal Group Fights For Duplicity On The Ballot

The folks at the Alliance Defense Fund seem to think voters vote best when they have no clue what they are voting on.

In California, voters will cast ballots in November on Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that, as the title states, "Eliminates the Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry."

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Silly Sally: Kern Should Learn Some Facts About American History

Sally Kern, a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, says she has been called by God to be a cultural warrior.

Kern, a Religious Right favorite known for her strident attacks on gay people and insistence that her version of Christianity is the only true faith, told the Cleveland County Republican Luncheon Club recently that God urged her to run for office. Read more