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Gerson Goes Goofy: Columnist Bashes Obama’s Decision To Side With People Over Prelates

I know that there are thoughtful conservative commentators in the world, but I do have to wonder why, when it comes to issues of religion and church-state separation, so many of them go off the deep end.

Consider Michael Gerson. The former speechwriter for President George W. Bush is now a syndicated columnist, and, while I don’t agree with much of what he says, he sometimes writes columns that make me think. Read more

A Bad Deal: Budget Agreement Advances School Vouchers, Trashes Church-State Separation

The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a shutdown of the federal government has been the talk of the nation. Pundits are going over the agreement with a microscope, listing the winners and losers.

We already know one loser: religious liberty. Read more

Towey’s Hypocritical Hooey: Bush ‘Faith Czar’ Complains About Politicization Of White House Faith-Based Office

James Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush, had an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal recently carping because President Barack Obama has used his administration’s “faith-based” offices to let Americans know about the new health-care law.

Towey says if he had politicized his office that way, Bush would have fired him.

Oh, now that is rich. Read more

Prayer Day Politics: In Louisiana, Religion And Government Mix Like Oil And Water

I understand why people living along the Gulf Coast are frustrated. The BP oil spill is an unmitigated environmental disaster, with as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil pouring into the region every day.

What’s especially frustrating is that, despite all of our modern technology and know-how, we don’t seem to be able to plug the well. The oil just keeps gushing forth. Read more

More Faith-Based Follies: One Year Later, Initiative Remains Plagued With Problems

The one-year anniversary today of the unveiling of President Barack Obama’s version of the “faith-based” initiative has pushed the issue back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, the news is not good.

Speaking at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast, Obama boasted that he had “turned the faith-based initiative around.”

I was surprised to read that statement, because everything I see indicates that we’re still fighting the same old battles over faith-based funding that erupted during the Bush years. Read more

Dobson And Destiny: Will Religious Right Leader Turn His Focus To Electioneering?

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family (FOF), is not a happy camper these days.

"What is happening in Washington right now is my greatest nightmare," Dobson said during a recent radio broadcast. He opined that everything he has worked on for 25 years is "coming apart.... It's unbelievable what's taking place."

In separate remarks while accepting an award from the secretive right-wing Council for National Policy, Dobson blamed his discontent on President Barack Obama. Read more

Pastor Of Hate: When Religious Right Rhetoric Goes Too Far

By now, many of you have heard about the preacher in Tempe, Ariz., who is praying for the death of President Barack Obama.

Thanks to You Tube, Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church has become kind of famous. Anderson's recent "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon has attracted wide attention. Read more

Grim Reaper: Wiley Drake Expands Death Prayers To Include President

The Rev. Wiley Drake is on the warpath again -- and this time, he has really gone too far.

As you may recall, Drake is the pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif. He urged supporters to offer "imprecatory prayers" (curses) against Americans United and specific staff members in August 2007. Read more

The Real World: Why Supreme Court Appointments Are So Important

It's possible "Tonight Show" Host Jay Leno already has conclusive results on this, but for today's purposes, I'm just going to make a wild assumption.

I'm going to assume that if I stopped the average American on the street and asked him or her to name all the U.S. Supreme Court justices, most would probably have no clue.

In fact, I doubt it would be much of a gamble to claim that many would not even know there are nine justices. Read more

Job Bias Blasted: The Washington Post Urges President To Fix 'Faith-Based' Initiative

Should taxpayers be forced to subsidize social service programs that discriminate in hiring on religious grounds?

Most Americans would quickly and emphatically say, "No!" If taxpayers of all faiths (and none) are paying for a program, taxpayers of all faiths (and none) should be eligible to work there. Applicants should be judged on their qualifications, not their theological opinions.

Yet former President George W. Bush allowed exactly that kind of job bias in publicly funded programs run by faith-based agencies. Read more

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