Televangelist Jerry Falwell has vehemently denied that any tax-exempt group affiliated with his ministry has ever run afoul of the federal tax regulation that bars houses of worship and other nonprofit groups from endorsing or working to elect politicians.
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Three Tampa, Fla., city council members walked out of chambers recently rather than listen to an atheist give the invocation.
U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) says his proposed legislation to permit religious leaders to endorse candidates for public office is necessary to restore free speech in America's pulpits. He even calls his bill the "Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act" (H.R. 235).
But now the truth has come out. As it turns out, the bill really isn't intended to promote free speech at all. Instead, Jones sees it as a vehicle to elect more conservatives to public office.
The reporter who broke the recent story about a "Christian nation" flag on display in the Florida General Counsel's office has come under pressure from the office of Gov. Jeb Bush. The governor himself has called S.V. Dte's questions to staffers "unprofessional conduct," according to the Palm Beach Post where Dte is the Tallahassee bureau chief.
Money from a federal program intended to expand public school choice has instead been used to prop up a scheme cooked up by William J. Bennett to boost home schoolers in Arkansas, Education Week has reported.
After years of trying to ban the Harry Potter books, the Religious Right is now pushing their own "Christian" alternative to the best-selling series.
TV preachers and the Religious Right have tried to undermine Harry Potter since the books first appeared on American shelves in 1998. In addition to being national best-sellers, the Harry Potter books hold the dubious distinction of being the most censored books in America, according to the American Library Association. Public schools and libraries have been under siege as the far-right demands that the books be struck from shelves.
On a campaign swing through Ohio yesterday, John Kerry attended services at the First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. The Democratic presidential candidate was introduced by the pastor and given an opportunity to speak to the overflow crowd. In light of so many recent controversies over church electioneering, isn't this another example of illegal activity?
Probably not, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Depending on the circumstances, the federal tax agency says, politicians may be invited without jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of the religious organization.
All citizens who need to do business with Gov. Jeb Bush's top lawyer must walk past a small American flag that is a little different than the one you might be used to seeing. Superimposed over the stars is a white cross.
An aide to the governor claims that the card has been posted in the reception area of General Counsel Raquel Rodriguez's office for some time and was intended as "a tribute to those brave souls who were lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11."
In the debates over school vouchers and President George W. Bush's so-called "faith-based" initiative, there is a constant dilemma for religious organizations: stand for the founding principles of our republic or accept government money. The suffering economy has hurt the coffers of many congregations and the promise of government dollars can be difficult to resist.
The Christian Coalition of America is again mired in controversy. An Oklahoma direct mail company has taken the group to court over an unpaid $87,000 bill. Although both sides declined to comment, the lawsuit reflects ongoing problems at the once influential Religious Right organization.