Posts tagged "separation of church and state"

Defending Truth, With a Capital “T”

Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) -- the legal activist organization founded in 1993 by "a band of TV preachers and right-wing radio ranters" which now constitutes the strong arm of what I call the Legal Right -- is not taking the recent dismissal of a case they brought before the Idaho courts very well....

What is the Public Square?

No longer the patch of pounded earth in the middle of town, is the public square the shrinking footprint of legacy media? Is it the more than 200 million blogs that exist in cyberspace? Is it the school board meeting? Or the assembly at our local high school? Margaret Somerville, director...

Different Levels of Credibility Between Religions?

Hunter Baker blogs at First Things that he is not entirely happy with the way his email interview with Sarah Harland-Logan of Harvard Political Review was excerpted in the final article, "Is Godless Good?" Baker is author of the 2009 book The End of Secularism ("The provocative assertion of the book...

Missing: Mojave Cross

Yup. The same one that the Supreme Court just said in Salazar v. Buono was constitutional. (via Fox News and @JC_Christian)

To Heck With The Federal Government

No, Fox didn't pick up an Onion story. Yes, Wentworth, Georgia has a mayor named "Pig," aka Glenn Jones. Yes, a company named Senior Citizens, Inc. does feed seniors at a rest home, on the federal dime. And yes, they've asked the staff to refrain from organizing a before-meal prayer...

Scared Saved

Howard M. Friedman at Religion Clause notes that Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has announced a letter they presented to the Nebraska-based Todd Becker Foundation, an organization that offers presentations to high schools on the horrors of drunken driving. What's so bad about telling...

Election Time, Philippines

Despite constitutional separation of church and state, next week's presidential election is keeping many Filipino church leaders very busy. One prominent TV evangelist, Brother Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus is Lord church, is even a candidate, though running a distant fifth place. It is hoped that the closely watched election,...

“8: The Mormon Proposition” Coming To a Theater Near You

Out & About interviews director Reed Cowan about his new documentary film on the Mormon Church's efforts to pass Proposition 8 in California, a law which makes same-sex marriage illegal. Cowan says his documentary is more about separation of church and state than it is gay rights and predicts that the church's...

Everybody’s a Critic

Conservative Australian columnist, Cliff Kincaid, warns that the American people should be paying attention to the Catholic Church's other offense: facilitating the "foreign invasion" of the U.S. by supporting immigration reform. In a Beckian rant that proves Kincaid needs to spend more time doing his own thinking, he nonetheless cynically crushes any...

Salazar v. Buono

In a 5 to 4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that a cross erected in the Mojave desert to honor World War I soldiers will stand, proving the Court has neither the will nor the ability to establish precedent on separation of church and state issues. This is the first of such...

Christian Nation, Again

What does Sarah Palin mean when she says, as she adamantly did last week at a Women of Joy conference in Kentucky, that the U.S. is a Christian nation? Much was written during the presidential campaign about Palin's religious beliefs, but in this particular instance she was responding to a...

It’s Not What It Looks Like..

Speaking at an American Studies conference about “Politics and Religion in USA” at an Islamabad university, Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy Patricia A. Butenis felt compelled to explain that, despite all appearances, the U.S. really is still a¬†secular state¬†and proud of it. As evidence, Butenis offered the wording of the Constitution...