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Memo To The Religious Right: You Don’t Need The Government To Tell You When To Pray

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and if you want to pray, by all means have at it.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: You can pray (or not) as dictated by your very own conscience. You don’t need any branch of the government to tell you what to do when it comes to religion. Read more

Poison Pen: James Dobson’s Latest Missive Misses The Mark

A letter drafted by Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family (FOF), has been getting some attention on social media sites and blogs lately.

In the missive, Dobson, a child psychologist who founded what has become one of the largest and most powerful Religious Right groups in the nation, surveyed the results of the November election. He’s not happy. Read more

Girl Scouts On The Rack: Catholic Bishops Have Just A Few Questions….

The Roman Catholic bishops seem to have a problem with strong, independent women, don’t they?

The hierarchy recently launched an offensive against American nuns, accusing them of supporting “radical feminism” and failing to show sufficient enthusiasm for the bishops’ efforts to ban abortion and deny civil rights to gays. Now the all-male church leadership has decided to subject the Girl Scouts to an inquisition. Read more

Presidential Opt-Out: Obama Skips Dobsons’ Religious Right Prayer Rally

Is America a fundamentalist Christian nation where government and religion are merged?

Of course not. But if you stopped by the Cannon House Office Building here in Washington, D.C., today, you’d certainly think so.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force commandeered a large room there for the morning and turned it into a fundamentalist revival tent, replete with the usual Religious Right mix of faith and partisanship. Read more

Cookie Monsters: Religious Right Marks Anniversary Of Girl Scouts With Bogus Attacks

I was doing some grocery shopping this weekend, and as I left the store I was persuaded to make one last purchase. Outside were several Girl Scouts sitting at a table surrounded by boxes of cookies. I immediately reached for my wallet.

Girl Scout cookies rock. I’m partial to Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas. Plus, my daughter was a member of the Scouts when she was younger, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the organization.

But now there’s an added bonus to buying the cookies: You get to annoy the Religious Right. Read more

Halloween Comes Early: Congressional Hearing Will Showcase Religious Right Scare Tactics

It seems that some Republicans in the House of Representatives are awfully worried about government infringing on the liberties of the Religious Right, so the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution has called for a hearing today on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.” Read more

Stem Cell Tragedy: ADF Lawsuit Blocks Badly Needed Medical Research

Attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) should be ashamed of themselves. They have succeeded in temporarily hindering sound science and impeding research that could save lives – just to push their fundamentalist religious agenda.

Yesterday, a district court issued a preliminary injunction to stop embryonic stem cell research. The ADF, along with Advocates International, had gone to court to stop the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding experiments using human embryonic stem cells. Read more

Dominion v. Faithful Presence: Forces Battle For The Soul Of Evangelicalism

Should religion be politicized? Polls show that the vast majority of Americans don’t think so.

Unfortunately, an aggressive contingent of Religious Right activists disagrees.

In a recent issue of the Pentecostal magazine Charisma, charismatic religious leaders offered their vision of life for the church in 2020. Some had “visions” that would be a nightmare for the rest of us. Read more

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