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Grisham's Testament: Top-Selling Author Warns Baptists About The Pitfalls Of Church Politicking

Mega-best-selling author John Grisham doesn't deliver public speeches often. But he made a recent exception for a massive national gathering of Baptists in Georgia.

At the "Celebration Of A New Baptist Covenant" in Atlanta over a three-day period, almost 15,000 Baptists from about 30 varying denominations and associations gathered to discuss how to become more involved with helping the less fortunate and less involved with internal divisiveness. Read more

Non-Partisan Pulpit: Texas Televangelist Osteen Keeps Partisan Politics At Arm's Length

Too frequently the 2008 presidential hopefuls, regardless of their party persuasion, appear too eager to commandeer a pulpit on any given Sunday to shill for votes.

Indeed, the Religion Clause blog reports that candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee all made speeches at Sunday services yesterday in states with approaching primaries. Read more

More Lies From Lynchburg: What Jonathan Falwell Didn't Tell You About Preachers And Politicking

To employ a turn-of-phrase we use in the South, Jonathan Falwell "sure takes after his daddy, doesn't he?" Jonathan may not look much like Jerry, but he sure acts like him.

In his "Falwell Confidential" last week, the Lynchburg televangelist urged pastors to plunge neck-deep into partisan politics. He quoted Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, on ways to circumvent the federal ban on electioneering by churches and other tax-exempt entities. Read more

Religious Test: Film Touts Article VI To Reluctant Religious Right

When most Americans think about religious freedom, the First Amendment springs to mind – and rightly so. After all, religious liberty and church-state separation are embedded in those 16 eloquent words: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...."

But another important provision in our Constitution ensures religious freedom and shouldn't be overlooked. Article VI states in part, "[N]o religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Read more

Moore Baloney: Alabama 'Commandments' Judge Gives Two Thumbs Up To Evangelistic Film At Public School

Roy Moore, Alabama's infamous "Ten Commandments judge," has a penchant for misconstruing church-state law, and now he's giving bad advice to school officials in Tuscaloosa.

In 2001, when he was serving as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore placed a massive Commandments monument inside the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies sued, contending that the display was a blatant violation of the First Amendment. Read more