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South Dakota Scofflaw: Rapid City Pastor Tries To Backpedal On Candidate Endorsement

Yesterday Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a South Dakota church whose pastor openly admitted that he endorsed a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

The Rev. H. Wayne Williams of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle in Rapid City hasn’t been shy about what he did. In fact, state Sen. Gordon Howie, the candidate Williams endorsed during a May 16 church service, sent out a press release bragging about it.

Howie had challenged churches to endorse him and was ecstatic when one did. Read more

Religion At The Polls: Religious Right-Backed Candidates Fail At The Ballot Box

Yesterday was primary election day in a number of states. Several candidates who ran on platforms bashing church-state separation fared poorly.

Here are some results that might be of interest: Read more

South Dakota Scofflaws: Pastors Mount Campaign To Rush More Pulpit Endorsements

A few misguided religious leaders in South Dakota have decided they are above the law and are plowing ahead with a plan to endorse a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit. Read more

Testifying At The Piggly Wiggly: Candidate Professes Faith In 'Every Word' Of The Bible

Some people in Alabama seem to have their priorities mixed up.

There's a Republican gubernatorial primary currently underway in the state, and you would think that citizens would be focused on the candidates' positions on issues such as education, health care and the economy. What has some people reeling, though, is a candidate's views on the Bible!

Back in November, the Mobile Press-Register quoted candidate Bradley Byrne as saying, "I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not." Read more

Pat's Prognosis: TV Preacher Robertson's Forecast Is Bleak, But He's Riding High In Virginia

As the new year turns, most Americans make pretty conventional resolutions: I will lose enough weight to fit back into my skinny jeans, I'm going to finally assemble the IKEA bookshelf that's been collecting dust in my basement, this season I'm going to play kickball — and I'm going to be good.

Our resolutions are frequently mundane and rarely more than fleeting moments of inspiration, immediately forgotten and tucked safely away along with those old rock -washed jeans from high school.

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'Palin-tology': Have Former Alaska Governor's Views On Creationism Evolved?

I regard Sarah Palin's new book like I do the movie "New Moon" – I'm not the intended audience and I don't really care about it.

But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin's book, it has become obvious that I'm going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though I'd rather not.

So let's just plunge right in, shall we?

It turns out there's actually a church-state angle because release of the book has reopened questions about what Palin does (or does not) believe about evolution. Read more

Iowa Insight: Don't Rashly Mix Religion And Politics, Hawkeye Politicians Urge

With the Iowa caucuses just a week a way, two Hawkeye State leaders have tackled the increasingly problematic mixing of religion and politics in the presidential race.

Writing in the Des Moines Register, former Democratic lieutenant governor Sally Pederson and former Republican lieutenant governor Joy Corning challenged the misuse of faith by political candidates.

"We both are political people," Pederson and Corning wrote. "And, we both are religious people. Read more

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