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Rotten Ralph: Religious Right Operative Reed Resumes Effort To Politicize Churches

Like a sleazy political version of movie monster Freddy Krueger, Ralph Reed just won’t go away.

The notorious Religious Right operative is back in Washington, D.C., today for a conference and strategy briefing at the Mayflower Hotel. Call it “Nightmare on Connecticut Avenue.” The event is sponsored by Reed’s latest vehicle, the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Read more

Call And Response: Religious Right Rallies To Fire Up Base For November Elections

This weekend, Religious Right groups will kickoff election season by holding the first in a series of rallies, conferences and other events to stir up their base and turn out the vote in November.

On Sept. 3-4, Lou Engle, the raspy-voiced founder of the neo-Pentecostal group TheCall, will lead the initial event in Sacramento. “Faithful Christians” will gather to pray for the “sanctity of life,” the “sacredness of marriage,” and the “preservation of religious liberty.” Read more

Trouble In Paradise: Hawaii GOP Official Warns Of ‘Unrighteous’ Government

It’s not often we hear much church-state news from Hawaii, but today is the exception.

The head of the Hawaii Republican Party has taken it upon himself to send out an e-mail warning pastors that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann is “not righteous.”

Hannemann’s campaign has been looking to visit churches across the state, and Hawaii GOP head Jonah Kaauwai believes any church that allows him to speak will in effect be furthering “unrighteousness.” Read more

Dove Feels The Love: Alachua County Tax Man Calls On Florida Church

Dove World Outreach Center likes being in the news media. The Gainesville, Fla., congregation is infamous for its vicious attacks on Muslims, gay people and others who fail to see things through a narrow fundamentalist Christian lens. Read more

Mayoral Mistake: Harrisburg Official’s Staff Meeting Prayers Are Wrong

Let’s say your boss holds a prayer meeting every morning at 10. Let’s say you’re not comfortable attending. At the next prayer meeting, your boss says, “Anyone who doesn’t like this can go stand in the hall while the rest of us pray.”

What are the chances you’ll walk into the hall? Isn’t it more likely you’ll be worried about getting on the bad side of your boss? Won’t you fret over your next promotion or raise – or even keeping your job in this troubling economy? Read more

Holier Than Thou: Tennessee Candidates Tout Their Religiosity

As I cruised some news headlines online this morning, I came across an interesting tidbit: Bronislaw Komorowski, the newly elected president of Poland, campaigned in part on a promise to increase the separation of church and state. Read more

Bobby’s Bad-News BFFs: Jindal’s Religious Right Cronies Write His Prayer Proclamation

We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis. 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

Prayer Day Decision: The Religious Right (Predictably) Gets It Wrong

Last night, Americans United celebrated a decision by a U.S. district court judge who ruled the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, AU’s executive director, hailed the decision as a “tremendous victory for religious liberty. Congress has no business telling Americans when or how to pray.” Read more

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