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Risky Business: Religious Right Attorney Tells Christian Pastors To Defy The IRS

Some far-right Christians have a hard time obeying the law. Among them is Religious Right attorney Matt Barber, who really dislikes the idea of church-state separation and particularly has a bone to pick with the Internal Revenue Code’s prohibition against pulpit politicking by houses of worship.

In a recent column, Barber spouted the tired, old line that “the words ‘separation of church and state’ are found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution….” Read more

Club Fight: Tenn. Residents Complain About High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance

At public schools around the country, students, mostly high schoolers, are forming Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. Fundamentalist Christians often freak out over the existence of these clubs, like these people are doing in Winchester, Tenn.

Whenever this happens, I have to explain, once again, who made it possible for students to form Gay-Straight Alliances at public secondary schools.

It was fundamentalist Christians. Read more

Just In From The X Files: Secular Humanism Is (Still) Coming To Get Your Mom!

Back in the 1980s, Religious Right groups frequently spread conspiracy theories about “secular humanism.” Members of this secretive, worldwide cabal, we were told, had seized control of educational institutions, the media and the government in the United States. Read more

Irony Implosion: Pat Robertson Opposes Politics Masquerading As Religion – When The Religion Is Islam

TV preacher Pat Robertson and I go way back. In 1996, I wrote a book about him, and I’ve followed his career since.

I long ago concluded that no one can track every zany thing the oracle of Virginia Beach spouts. Doing that would be a full-time job, and I have other things to do. Read more

Score One For Science: Astronaut (And Presbyterian) John Glenn Says Evolution Should Be Taught In Schools

John Glenn is a pretty cool guy, to say the least. The former U.S. senator and astronaut flew more than 120 combat missions combined in both World War II and the Korean War, but he is best known as the first American to orbit the earth – a feat he accomplished in 1962.

Glenn, now 93, recently granted an interview to the Associated Press, during which he made it clear that he is a religious man who supports evolution. Read more

Bumpy Lane: Religious Right Operative Seeks To Build (Another) Church-Based Political Machine

Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

Bye, Bye Bob: Faith Can’t Save Former Va. Gov. McDonnell From Federal Prison

One-time Pat Robertson golden child Robert F. McDonnell’s fall from grace reached its conclusion yesterday as the former Virginia governor was sentenced to two years in federal prison for what has been described as “lending the prestige of the governor’s office” to a local businessman in exchange for money, trips and fancy toys. Read more

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