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The First 100 Days: President Obama's Scorecard On Church And State

I guess it's a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I'm not his teacher, and he's not my student.

But what the heck? It's a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I'm focusing on issues with church-state implications. Somebody else can tackle the other topics.

Jefferson & Obama v. Hannity & Rove: You Know Who's Gonna Win This Bout

The partisan pugilists over at Fox News Channel have been howling about President Barack Obama's insistence that America is a pluralistic nation that respects all faiths.

Obama, you may recall, said during his recent visit to Turkey that the United States is "a secular country that is respectful of religious freedom, respectful of rule of law, respectful of freedom...."

Celebrating The Secular: Obama Says U.S. Is Not A Christian Nation

The United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Nothing in the Constitution grants Christianity favored status. In fact, Article VI bans religious tests for federal office, and the First Amendment bars laws "respecting an establishment of religion" while protecting "the free exercise thereof" – for all faiths.

It's good to hear political leaders remind us of this fact from time to time, as President Barack Obama did yesterday during a press conference in Turkey.

Orange County Outrage: Supervisors May Divert Sex Ed Funds To Religious Group

Lock up the children! The Rev. Wiley Drake is on the loose again.

I'm sure you remember Drake, the controversial California pastor and media hound. Drake, a Southern Baptist, is perhaps best known for waging an "imprecatory prayer" campaign against Americans United and its staff (including me by name – thanks, Wiley!).

Veto Power: What James Madison Can Teach Barack Obama

In the history of church-state separation, certain dates are special: On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was officially ratified. On Jan. 1, 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury (Conn.) Baptists containing the famous "wall of separation between church and state" metaphor. The U.S. Supreme Court spoke strongly in favor of separation in Everson v. Board of Education, issued on Feb. 10, 1947.

'Faith-Based' Frenzy: AU Responds To Obama's Disappointing Announcement

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Have you ever had "one of those days" at work? I'm talking about the kind of day where something takes off, you get to working on it, and the next thing you know nine hours have flown by and you're surprised at how much you've accomplished.

Yesterday was like that here at AU. We knew that President Barack Obama would be issuing an executive order addressing the "faith-based" initiative. We didn't know what it would say, although speculation was rife.

You've Got (Hate) Mail!: The FRC's Tony Perkins Whips Out His Poison Pen About Obama's Election

I have to tip my hat to Tony Perkins and the gang at the Family Research Council: Within a week of the election, they issued what I am sure will be first of many fund-raising letters attacking Barack Obama. That's fast turn around.

This mean-spirited missive arrived at my home on Monday. I was impressed. Many Americans were still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, and here's the FRC with its inaugural hate-gram. Nice work, guys.

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