Posts tagged "separation of church and state"

Goliath Wants In

For those who care about such things, there’s a yawny story in The Washington Times about some gung-ho ex-state trooper-turned-Virginia legislator names Charles Carrico, all ticked off because he’s not allowed to tell school kids about Davy and Goliath so now’s he absolutely determined to “open” schools to prayer with a new law. Go on, Chuck. Spread ‘em...

Daily Links 20 December 2004

Don’t Bum to the Monks Thailand’s National Buddhism Office has proposed that Thai cigarette packs carry an additional consumer warning, that “‘Donating cigarettes to monks is a sin.’” If the Wall Ain’t Broke Florida State Senator Daniel Webster said last week that he is “exploring the possibility” of proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal Florida’s separation of church...

Daily Links October 7 2004

NYT Just Plain Wrong Turns out the NYT Jodi Wilgoren piece on Kerry and Catholics (blogged below) was not only so boring and beside the point that it numbed us into tongue-twisting alliteration; it was also factually wrong. Honor Killing What’s God got to do with it? Not much, in Hadil Jawad‘s harrowing tale of “honor” crimes in Iraq, as told...

14 September 2004 Daily Links

“‘They’ve done so much with outlawing and restricting access to abortion that they’ve set their sights on birth control because there’s nothing else really they can do to further restrict abortion here in Wisconsin. Which is counter-intuitive because if you’re against abortion in the least you’d think you would see the value in enhancing access...

On a Shaky Wall

By Jeff Sharlet Beacon Press has just published a useful little volume for journalists on the God beat: The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by American Founders. It’s sized to fit beside cash registers in bookstores, and as such it should easily find space on any reporter’s bookshelf. The editor, Forrest...

05 August 2004 Daily Links

BP News, the publication of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the anti-abortion LifeSite gleefully pick up the same quote from Julia Duin’s article yesterday in The Washington Times – William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights asking, “‘Are [the Democrats] out of their minds? Would they hire a gay basher to reach out to homosexuals?’” The...

15 June 2004 Daily Links

A bewildering report from the Norwich Bulletin describes the eviction of the God’s House group from the Moosup Manor housing complex. 9:03 am: Yesterday’s cuddly guru: CNN’s Todd Leopold interviews New Age author Neale Donald Walsch on his latest book, Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge. 8:45 am: A round-up of pledge reactions: –”How the Supreme Court might rule if forced to decide...

Don’t Mess With Texas

Washington Times: “The Texas Republican Party plank says, ‘Christian Nation — The Republican Party of Texas affirms that the United States of America is a Christian nation, and the public acknowledgment of God is undeniable in our history. Our nation was founded on fundamental Judeo-Christian principles based on the Holy Bible. The party affirms freedom...

Keep It To Yourself

Gregg Easterbrook writes: “I’ll tell you what shakes my belief. Not natural selection; not the evil and injustice of the world; not the televangelist hucksters with their flashing 800 numbers; not the constant use of religion to create prejudice and hatred rather than brotherhood. No, what really shakes my faith is the National Prayer Breakfast.” Writing...

Constitutional Christ

Now that a European constitution has been scuttled by more worldly concerns, the question of which gods (if any) should find a place in its preamble seems largely moot. But that’s no reason not to read this provocative interview with Professor Joseph Weiler of New York University. Weiler, an Orthodox Jew, speaks with Nextbook‘s Sara Ivry about his forthcoming book, A Christian...

Another Schism, Another Story

“Compared to the upcoming [Supreme Court] case on the Pledge of Allegiance and the use of the words ‘under God,’” David G. Savage writes in The Los Angeles Times, Locke v. Davey– a church/state case for which the court heard opening arguments yesterday — “is unlikely to receive much attention, but many legal experts say it will have a...

The Kids Are Alright

The editors of The New Republic argue in this week’s edition that the Supreme Court should allow the words “under God” to remain in the Pledge of Allegiance, since “even schoolchildren understand that the Pledge is a patriotic rather than a religious exercise.” In its attempt to respect the role of religion in American history, TNR gives it a...