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Separation of Church and State

Amanda Terkel

Sen. Jim DeMint: Gays And Unmarried, Pregnant Women Should Not Teach Public School | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) attempted to convince pastors that economic issues are moral issues at the Greater Freedom Rally at a church in Spartanburg, ...

The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.

'Pulpit Freedom Sunday': Church Leaders To Defy IRS, Endorse Political Candidates

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Nearly 100 pastors across the country planned to take part in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an in-your-face challenge Sunday to what the government says can ...

Why The Campaign For Politics In The Pulpit Is A Bad Idea

K. Hollyn Hollman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
K. Hollyn Hollman

Despite IRS efforts, some preachers continue to direct their parishioners in the voting booth, including some who proclaim that a political party or particular candidate is the choice of God.

Challenges to the Privileging of Married People, from Across the Ideological Spectrum

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

[This post is co-authored by Bella DePaulo and Rachel Buddeberg.] Today marks the beginning of Singles Week (or, more formally, National Unmarried an...

Taking on the GOP's "Fairy Tale Politics"

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Obama needs to combat the GOP's Fairy Tale Politics so that voters understand how we got into this mess and that it simply is too risky to go back to Neverland.

Glenn Beck Goes After HuffPost For Mocking A T-Shirt Quoting Washington -- But It's A Fake Quote!

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

Mr. Beck, I would never call a quote from George Washington ridiculous, but I will call the one on that t-shirt what it is -- a fake! Even your new pal David Barton tells his followers not to use this quote.

Message to U.S. Airmen: "Accelerate Your Christian Journey"

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

How long do you think a banner saying "Accelerate Your Islamic Journey" or "Accelerate Your Atheistic Journey" would be allowed to stay up on a military base for all to see?

U.S. Soldiers Punished for Not Attending Christian Concert

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

"Spiritual fitness" is the military's new term for promoting religion, particularly evangelical Christianity. And this concert series is no different.

The Case for Blending Church and State

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew Anderson

We should create a series of religious classes taught in every school between the seventh and twelfth grades. The Bible, Torah, Koran, Bhagavad Gita and even the teachings of the Buddha would be required along with other religions.

Sarah Palin's 'Ground Zero' Mosque Tweets Demand Answers From Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin took to Twitter and Facebook Saturday and demanded that President Obama explain whether or not he supports the decision by a Muslim Center...

Does the National Day of Prayer Violate Church-State Separation?

K. Hollyn Hollman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
K. Hollyn Hollman

There is no problem when Americans -- including public officials -- gather to pray. Questions properly arise, however, when the government, by an official act of Congress, urges citizens to engage in a religious exercise.

National Day Of Prayer 2010 Goes On Despite Controversies

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

National Day of Prayer 2010 is today, May 6, 2010. It is occurring this year in spite of a recent court ruling declaring its unconstitutionality. On ...

Happy National Day of Prayer...Or Is It National Day of Fighting Over Prayer?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Media reports on the recent National Day of Prayer controversies peddle a common tale: religious pluralism has undermined the American practice of harmonious prayer. However, no storyline could be further from historical reality.

Virginia's State-Sponsored Prayer, If Legal, Should Include Jesus

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has restored the right of Christian chaplains serving the State Police to pray in the name of Jesus. Although I am a rabbi and a member of a religious minority, I think that he was right to do so.

Workplace Religious Freedom Bill Finds Revived Interest

Religion News Service | By LAUREN E. BOHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren E. Bohn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) More than a decade after it was first introduced, an on-again off-again bill to protect empl...

Is Supreme Court's Cross Ruling Good For Christians?

Religion News Service | ADELLE M. BANKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals cheered when a Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday (April 28) allowed a cross to...

A Cross by Any Other Name

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Geoffrey R. Stone

According to the Court's conservative justices, the Cross is not solely "a symbol of Christianity." I supposed by this logic the American flag doesn't symbolize America, either?

Supreme Court Says War Memorial Cross Can Stay

Religion News Service | By Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 28) overruled a lower court that had said Congr...

No, Mr. Beck, Jefferson Did Not Date His Documents 'In the Year of Our Lord Christ'

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

I'm going to take on another of pseudo-historian David Barton's favorite lies: that Thomas Jefferson dated his presidential documents "in the year of our Lord Christ.'

This Jew Says 'Sorry Sarah, America is Not a "Christian" Nation

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Sarah Palin apparently hasn't heard of Separation of Church and State.

Glenn Beck: the Televangelist Con Man Selling God's Plan for America

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

If religious zealots blur the line between what happens in the pulpit and what happens in Congress, it's that much easier for Congress to tax and regulate what happens in the pulpit. Be careful what you wish for, Beck and Palin.

Rather Than a National Day of Prayer, How About a Humility Day?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Surely, reasonable people -- those who are ready to tune out the hate talk for a few minutes and think for themselves -- can agree that you don't need an act of Congress to get Americans to pray.

Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Using the Bible As a Political Weapon Is Terrorism

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

With his "Armageddon" reference, John Boehner committed a sort of biblical terrorism: He used a spiritual document that speaks of healing and hope and used it to instill fear and misinformed confusion in those who support him.