Posts tagged "separation of church and state"

Religion and Real Estate in New York City

By Fred Folmer Should religious groups be allowed to worship in New York City public schools? This question is at the heart of an ongoing issue involving church leaders, congregants and public officials, who are challenging a decision by the Bloomberg administration and Department of Education to evict churches that use school buildings for their worship...

Outside the Law: Cheryl Perich and the First Amendment

There’s nothing quite like a First Amendment dispute to illuminate the subtleties of interpreting separation of church and state. By Elissa Lerner Last week, the Supreme Court ruled for the first time to uphold a forty year-old practice known as the “ministerial exception” in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs. Equal Employment Opportunity...

Analogue Media and the Politics of Print Nostalgia

Angela Zito:  The Bible as a book, printed, physically available for Christian devotion, remains a powerful and contested artifact in this digital age.  Just winding up its US tour, a traveling exhibition of the Bible in China—entitled “Thy Word is Truth: the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China”—might have slipped my notice....

The Chinese Church

The Christian Century reports that China's Minister of State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuo'an, is in Nairobi for a visit with the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya to "enhance the relationship between the Anglican Church, the Global South Anglican Communion and the Chinese church."

SCOTUS Approves Tax Credit for Religious Tuition

Two decisions come out of the Supreme Court today, one mentioned almost as a footnote to the other in a New York Times article.  Donate money for an award at a religious education institution, get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit, says the ruling on an Arizona case.  From the article:
The program itself is novel and...

House Opening Prayer, 3.14.11


Eternal God,
Before whom all creation bows,
and Father of all humanity
another week of life and testing unfolds before us.

With the breath of spring upon us,
may Congress be given fresh vision
on how to address the needs of Your people;
and as a good steward of national resources
be delivered from alien forces
and the tyranny...

As Goes Iowa:
The Family Leader, Religious Politics and 2012

by Andy Kopsa America’s culture wars are at full throttle: defunding Planned Parenthood, chipping away at a woman’s right to an abortion – and if possible taking away that right altogether, preventing or ending gay marriage (because it could lead to Sharia law), enacting Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to “restore religious liberty” that was never...

38 Years

My naive questions on this anniversary of Roe v. Wade are: Why, when organized anti-abortion groups are predominantly evangelical/fundamentalist/orthodox Christian, are we not having a broader discussion about separation of church and state laws governing patients' rights?  To do so would not undermine individual rights to personal or religious freedom.  Or is patient autonomy not...

Science, the State Religion

Young-earth creationist and founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, is taking the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of Natural History to task for their new Hall of Human Origins.  "The purpose of this exhibit on the origin of man," he writes, "is not only to indoctrinate children and adults in evolution, but also atheism."  Ham,...

Religious Studies in Illinois

An excerpt from the letter that Dr. Kenneth J. Howell sent to his University of Illinois "Introduction to Catholicism" students in preparation for a test, below.  After a student anonymously complained that the letter constituted "hate speech," Dr. Howell was removed from his position.  Alliance Defense Fund has taken up a law suit...

Atheist Solidarity with Religious Minorities?

An excerpt from Austin Dacey's review of Christopher Hitchens' new memoir, Hitch-22:
The Christian West, after all, did not migrate towards secular government by mass conversion to atheism. The leading public arguments and examples came from Christian minorities—Anabaptists like Balthazar Hubmaier; Puritans like Roger Williams, John Milton, and John Locke. Even Spinoza’s case for secularism...

Jim Wallis, Between a Wall and Glenn Beck

Despite calls from sponsors to disinvite Jim Wallis as keynote speaker at next week's Lifest, an Evangelical music event in Wisconsin that attracts tens of thousands of young attendees, the organizers of the event have decided to keep him on.  One sponsor, radio station Q90 FM, chose to end their support of the...