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Religious Right Pushes 'Christian Ideals' In Congress

In an election-year ploy designed to energize Religious Right conservatives, the House of Representatives is planning to vote on several "culture war" issues over the next few days.

Votes are expected on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as well as bills that would legalize church-based partisan politicking and strip the federal courts of their ability to hear cases challenging the constitutionality of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

'Holy Warrior' General Takes To CBS To Repair Reputation

After months of keeping from public view, the Army general who sparked international condemnation for his public statements describing the U.S. war on terrorism as a Christian battle against evil Islamists is now working to salvage his reputation.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin took to a CBS News program to argue that his controversial statements before Christian evangelical gatherings had been badly represented in the media and that he was not a bigot.

Religious Liberty Cherished, Not Understood

Although a clear majority of Americans cherish their religious liberties, too many of them don't recognize the importance of keeping government and religion separate, according to a new poll from a Virginia-based nonprofit.

The survey, released today by the Council for America's First Freedom (CAFF), finds that 52 percent of respondents ranked religious freedom above other fundamental rights, such as freedom of the press and the right to assemble.

IRS Reminds Churches Not To Break The Law

In this heated election year, Jerry Falwell and his allies on the far right are working to confuse America's pastors about tax law. In late July,  the Lynchburg, Va.-based televangelist   wrote to churches telling them not to worry about federal tax law.

Under the headline, "NO CHURCH HAS EVER LOST ITS TAX-EXEMPT STATUS," Falwell wrote, "Every American pastor, as a tax-paying citizen, is free to express his views and opinions."

Falwell also claimed that the IRS rarely enforces the "no politicking" rule, implying that churches should not worry about it.

Dobson Demagoguery: On The Road In Carolina

Religious Right leader James C. Dobson is on the warpath. Under the aegis of his new political outfit, Focus on the Family Action, the religious broadcaster is holding a series of rallies around the country this fall.

The ostensible purpose is to rally support for a federal marriage amendment. But many people think the tour is intended to increase the turn-out of religious conservatives in November and elect Dobson allies to public office. If the kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 6 is any indication, the wall of separation between church and state is in for some serious bashing.

A Far-Right Powerhouse You Haven't Heard Of

We all know about the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. Thanks to David Kirkpatrick at The New York Times, we now know a little more about the Council for National Policy(CNP), a secretive group of the country's most powerful Religious Right leaders and their allies. (The organization met in New York City last week.)