Posts tagged "culture wars"

Assimilation Nation

“‘What’s happening now in the Islamic community is very similar to what was happening in the 1920s and ’30s…with the Jewish community.'” No, not persecution. Cultural assimilation, via the Boy Scouts of America, the requirements of which — an adherence to faith and what director of the organization’s relationship describes as religious ideas, such as...

Pagan Filters

The Wildhunt Blog reads between the lines of this Herald Tribune story describing a forum on religion in public schools held in Sarasota, Florida. Superintendent Gary Norris was a panelist at the event, hosted by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and was heckled by an audience member after admitting, vaguely, to installing...

Muzzle Men

A petition organized by Jay Sekulow, of the conservative action group American Center for Law and Justice, which is signed by more than 80,000 people and supported by dozens of congressmen, aims to get President Bush to issue an executive order forbidding the “muzzling” of military chaplains by sensitivity guidelines that discourage evangelical proselytization of...

The Unusual Plan B

A USA Today editorial makes the case that religion is the prime mover at the Food and Drug Administration, and is shocked (shocked…) to think of one group imposing its values upon another in “a nation founded on religious freedom and personal choice.” The outrage comes after the release of a report (PDF) from the...

It’s a Celebration

“Finally, a day in which we can come together and celebrate God’s eternal moral law.” Mark your calendars for February 5, 2006 (or February 4th, for those Saturday-Sabbath observers), when one of this year’s most tedious religio-political controversies could be gloriously resurrected by the interfaith attentions of Christians and Jews celebrating “Ten Commandments Day”: “a...

Kansas: The Truth is Out There

Nearly ten months after the Kansas State Board of Education proposed altering the definition of “science” for statewide standards, removing the phrase, “Science is the human activity of seeking natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us,” in order to remove bias towards “non-theistic belief systems,” the measure has been approved, reports...

Newdow Files Again

Michael Newdow files again, this time taking aim at the “In God We Trust” motto on U.S. currency. Newdow announced on Sunday his plans to file a federal lawsuit asking for the removal of the motto on the grounds that constitutional rights take precedence over historical references to the religious roots of the country.

Australian Design

All this past year, Australian culture wars have been following the U.S. playbook faithfully, erupting over gay marriage, public religiosity, and prison salvations just as, or just after, did America. Intelligent Design is apparently no different, and Australia’s Campus Crusade for Christ has announced that it intends to freely distribute copies of a pro-design DVD...

Pat Will Survive

Pat Robertson warns Dover voters not to be surprised — nor to ask for divine help — if God comes a’smiting after they booted eight pro-Intelligent Design school board members from office in last week’s election. In the event of such a holy retalition, Robertson advised the town to ask for disaster assistance from Charles...

White Knights Embarass Texas

A handful of representatives of the “White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” and the World Church of the Creator rallied in Austin this past weekend in support of Proposition 2, a ballot initiative altering the Texas Constitution to ban gay marriage. The dozen Klansmen were, according to this colorful report from The Austin Chronicle,...

And Tennessee Associations Embarrass Dover

It was the bad p.r. that did it for voters in Dover, Pennsylvania, who this week voted to oust all eight school board members who were up for re-election after they had supported the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools — a controversy that led to the court case that closed last week. In...

People At War

By Rebecca Beyer First, there is no war in Dover, Pennsylvania. There are no armies clashing. No weapons flashing. Not real ones, anyway. Yet in the latest issue of People magazine, a town that happens to have birthed the latest and greatest courtroom confrontation between evolution and intelligent design is called “A Town at War.”...