I recently heard some interesting news from my hometown in suburban Pittsburgh: A Ten Commandments monument that was the subject of a federal court battle has been removed from the grounds of a public high school.
David Brat is a Republican congressman from Virginia. He is also a conservative Christian who recently told the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios that President Barack Obama just doesn’t meet his exacting theological standards.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in the national news a lot lately – as I’m sure many of you have noticed.
Besides talk of his possible presidential run, the media has been very interested in the governor’s initiation and endorsement of “The Response,” a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally to be held in Houston Aug. 6.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is headed to the football stadium, but he’s already out of bounds.
Perry, a well-known Religious Right panderer, has proclaimed Aug. 6 to be an official day of prayer and fasting and is urging Christians to ask God for the “[h]ealing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.”
Every year around the National Day of Prayer (NDP) – which occurred last Thursday – Americans United gets really busy.
Media outlets and various interest groups want to hear our take on the government-mandated day to pray, which started in 1952 when Congress passed a federal statute ordering the president to declare a prayer day each year. (In 1998, the NDP was codified as the first Thursday of every May.)
Of all the things Congress should and could be spending time on, a resolution celebrating the influence of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is certainly not one of them.
Americans United got some good news yesterday in a “faith-based” funding case that began back in 2000.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Alicia Pedreira and other Kentucky taxpayers against the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children. Using millions in public funds, the sectarian childcare agency has been indoctrinating children in religious beliefs and discriminating on religious grounds in employment, firing Pedreira for being a lesbian.