You may not realize it, but this is a significant day in the United States. Yes, it is Cinco de Mayo, which means you can have your fill of margaritas and guacamole. But it’s also the National Day of Prayer (NDP) – and that means we’re all getting treated to a big bowl of church-state mixing.
More and more Americans are moving away from rigid, fundamentalist denominations or adopting a secular outlook, but the Religious Right shows no evidence of changing its tactics. A few of the movement’s biggest stars urged the faithful to enmesh themselves even further in the political process at a recent North Carolina conference.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has decided the Religious Right isn’t actually religious enough for his liking.
Three years ago, Religious Right phony historian David Barton published a ridiculous book called The Jefferson Lies that argued, in part, that Thomas Jefferson was a fundamentalist Christian who wanted Christianity to form the basis of the U.S. government.
The tome marked a turning point for Barton. His previous books had been self-produced, but The Jefferson Lies was issued by Thomas Nelson, a respectable publisher of evangelical works.
The presidential election’s still 458 days away, but last night, candidates for the Republican nomination participated in their first televised debates.
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse. Basic Books 352 pp.
For advocates of the separation of church and state, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that the concept of “Judeo-Christian America” is a myth, and a relatively recent one at that. In his latest book, Princeton University historian Kevin Kruse reveals the economic and political roots of its origin story.
It is well documented that the Religious Right thinks President Barack Obama either isn’t religious enough or is the “wrong” religion. But it turns out that when it comes to presidents and their personal beliefs, these sentiments are nothing new. As it turns out, Americans have a long history of claiming that the president just isn’t Christian enough for their liking.
The Religious Right doesn’t want the government getting involved with church activities – except when churches do things fundamentalists don’t like.
You may have heard about the recent flap over the Muslim prayer service held last week at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. On Nov. 14, the church hosted several hundred Muslims in an attempt to build positive relations between Islam and Christianity.