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Survey Says: Mainline Clergy Like Church-State Separation

An interesting survey was issued recently, indicating that many members of the clergy remain strong supporters of church-state separation.

The 2009 Clergy Voices Survey, issued May 20, sampled mainline clergy on their views regarding the separation of church and state.   The findings were really rather encouraging. Read more

Of Politics And Piety: How I Spent My National Day Of Prayer

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer (NDP). He called on Americans to "to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love."

Obama saluted the men and women of the armed forces and added, "We recognize that it is because of them that we continue to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience." Read more

The First 100 Days: President Obama's Scorecard On Church And State

I guess it's a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Barack Obama on his performance during his first 100 days in office. I'm not his teacher, and he's not my student.

But what the heck? It's a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here goes.

I'm focusing on issues with church-state implications. Somebody else can tackle the other topics. Read more

Iran, North Korea And The Family Research Council: Has FRC Joined The 'Axis Of Evil'?

Just when you think Religious Right groups can't get any farther out on the edge of the flat Earth, they do.

Last week, the Family Research Council (FRC) was apoplectic that the Obama administration has decided to endorse a UN Declaration on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Read more

All The President's Clergy: Obama Looks To Five Religious Leaders For Counsel

Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times uncovered some interesting news yesterday about President Barack Obama and his personal expressions of faith. Read more

Rolling Back Religious Liberty: Virginia Group Attacks Church-State Separation

Does the Virginia Statute for Religious Liberty need updating?

As many of you probably know, the Virginia Statute, approved by the state legislature in 1786, ended the Anglican Established Church and guaranteed broad freedom of religion in the commonwealth for the first time.

In ringing language written by Thomas Jefferson, the Statute proclaimed that "no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever." Read more

Defend The Wall!: Conn. Bishops Rally For Church-State Separation – Sort Of

Today, the Roman Catholic bishops sponsored a rally at the Connecticut Capitol building in support of church-state separation. They didn't exactly bill it that way, but that's what it was.

Considering this is the same church hierarchy that speaks so adamantly against same-sex marriage and reproductive rights -- and believes that our country's laws should reflect the church's doctrines on these issues -- a rally to support the church-state wall seems rather ironic. Read more

No Regrets: Dole Staffer Defends Ad Attacking 'Godless Americans'

Let's pretend it's the middle of October, and John Doe and Jane Smith are both seeking the same U.S. Senate seat. Doe, who is down a few points in the polls, hears a rumor that Smith attended a fund-raiser sponsored by a Jewish group at the home of a couple who happen to be Jewish.

Doe's campaign runs a television ad, replete with scary music, that says: "Jewish Americans and Jane Smith. She hid from cameras. Took 'Jewish' money. What did Jane Smith promise in return?" Read more

Sooner Prejudice: Oklahoma Legislators Protest Gay Minister's Prayer

Religion is a controversial thing, isn't it? Especially when it occurs in a political or governmental context.

Exhibit A today is the flap over a minister's opening prayer at the Oklahoma House. Read more

Mormon Might: LDS Church Leaders Have Inappropriate Government Role In Utah

Is the state of Utah a theocracy?

You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.

More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda. Read more

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