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  • Myth Busted: 'Separation of Church and State'

    01/31/2016 9:09:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 31, 2016 | Matt Barber
    The American church has a problem. It's one part fear, one part confusion and one part apathy. Pastors, priests and rabbis have long swallowed the false notion that all things religious and all things political are somehow mutually exclusive - that never the twain shall meet. Leading up to Ronald Reagan's landslide presidential victory in 1980, Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of Liberty University, captured the crux of the church's apathy problem. "I'm being accused of being controversial and political," he said. "I'm not political. But moral issues that become political, I still fight. It isn't my fault that...
  • Stockton threatened with lawsuit over prayer rally (Video)

    11/22/2015 1:18:42 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    KCRA TV ^ | Nov 20, 2015 | By Melinda Meza
    Scheduled town hall meeting to be held at church STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) —The city of Stockton is being threatened with a lawsuit because of a prayer rally, and a scheduled town hall meeting that is set to be held at a church. "As long as there is crime and homicides in Stockton, I'm going to continue to lead the city in prayer," said Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva. Silva said he does not believe he did anything wrong when he held a 12-hour prayer rally in Stockton last week. "I don't think I did anything wrong. My city had its 40th...
  • Legal Force [Church and State by RC Sproul]

    06/29/2015 10:01:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    The Sword and the KeysKey to resolving the issues regarding how the church must relate to the state is an understanding of the distinct functions Scripture assigns to each authority. Church and state are actually both ministers of God that are appointed to fulfill certain tasks. Historically, human beings have always run into trouble when the state attempts to do the work of the church and the church attempts to do the work of the state.
  • Satire: Houston Persists in Effort to Stifle Speech

    10/18/2014 12:15:39 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Though the City of Houston has backed off its demand for local area ministers to submit copies of their Sunday sermons to the City’s attorneys, it is now demanding copies of any non-sermon speeches they may have made. Mayor Annise Parker, Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor, defended this blatant invasion of freedom of speech, arguing that “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) is the law of this land. No one is entitled to speak out against the law, especially not church leaders.” “Churches have special exemptions from government taxes,” Parker pointed out. “As a quid-pro-quo for this benefit they ought to...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Washington State Pols Weigh Controversial "In God We Trust" Plaque

    07/29/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Publius · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 July 2014
    Should “In God We Trust” adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic — and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy. “’In God We Trust’ is universal,” he told the newspaper. “It doesn’t have ‘In Muhammad We Trust,’ it doesn’t have ‘In Jesus We Trust.’” Council...
  • Nevada County Church Ordered To Remove “Support Our Troops” Sign

    12/30/2013 6:25:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies ^ | December 28, 2013 | no attribution
    A church is in a clash with Nevada County after being told to take down a sign with an American flag and a message to support the troops. Simple Truth Church put up the sign to cover an old, rundown billboard. However the “Support Our Troops” sign is becoming quite controversial. If the church doesn’t remove the sign, it could be fined.
  • Atheists Mad As Hell Over Federal Court Ruling

    03/05/2013 10:36:10 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 22 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 5, 2012 | JP
    Hooray for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Unlike all too many liberal courts throughout the country, which have held that atheist hate speech against Christians is perfectly okay, the Sixth ruled last week that such anti-religious malice is not protected by the First Amendment. The case dates back to 2010, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist hate group based in Madison, Wisconsin, wrote a series of letters to Jim Fouts, Mayor of Warren, Michigan, demanding that the city remove a nativity scene from a holiday display it has put up for years. Mayor Fouts told the...
  • IRS Sued for Lax Response to Church Politicking

    11/17/2012 6:37:21 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 38 replies ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 |
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over its lax response to church politicking. The group argues that the tax agency is violating the Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to get involved in political campaigns. The suit points to several examples, including a full page newspaper ad by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The ad, which showed a photo of Rev. Billy Graham, urged Americans to vote along biblical principles. The 94-year-old evangelist also met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in October and promised to do all he...
  • No More Denying Attacks on Religious Freedom

    08/23/2012 11:14:23 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 23, 2012 | JP
    “I don’t think, generally, Christians are being persecuted in this country.” So said Barack Obama, during his first run for the White House. The president won’t be able to make that claim this time around. Not after the release this week of the “Survey on Religious Hostility in America,” jointly produced by Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council (the recent target of such religious hostility). Liberty and FRC declare, “Hostility to religious liberty has reached an all-time high, and the attacks are increasing at an unprecedented rate.” Their well-researched survey documents more than 600 cases of bigotry against people...
  • Azusa Pacific University Men’s Choir Sings in Capitol Rotunda on Gohmert Led Tour

    05/05/2012 10:01:01 AM PDT · by TXnMA · 14 replies
    Cong. Louie Gohmert (R, TX-1) via e-mail ^ | 05 may 2012 | Cong. Louie Gohmert/Staff
    Azusa Pacific University Men’s Choir Sings in Capitol Rotunda on Gohmert Led Tour Washington, DC –Last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) gave the Azusa Pacific University Choir a tour of the United States Capitol. The men’s choir provided music for the 2012 National Day of Prayer events in Washington, D.C. During an after hour tour, the choir preformed an impromptu acapella, but powerfully moving rendition of Holy, Holy, Holy, in the Rotunda of our nation's Capitol. Surrounded by so many evidences of God's blessings on this nation, the echoing notes certainly moved those present and just might move you as...
  • School changes lyrics from 'God Bless the USA' to 'We love the USA'

    04/04/2012 7:34:32 AM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies ^ | 04/04/2012 | n/a
    Following outrage from parents; a changed version of "God Bless the USA" has been pulled from an upcoming school assembly concert. According to parents, children at Stall Brook Elementary school were told to sing "We love the USA" instead of "God Bless the USA" during the chorus of the popular Lee Greenwood song.
  • Evangelical Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience Against U.S. Government

    02/14/2012 3:58:36 PM PST · by Gamecock · 37 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 14 Feb 2010 | Joe Carter
    The Story: After the Obama administration's announced that health insurance coverage would require the inclusion of contraception and abortifacients, several Christian leaders---including Chuck Colson, Richard Land, and Rick Warren---called on evangelicals to stand with Catholics in civil disobedience to this law.The Background: In a special edition of his weekly video segment, Chuck Colson said: We have come to the point---I say this very soberly---when if there isn't a dramatic change is circumstances, we as Christians may well be called upon to stand in civil disobedience against the actions of our own government. That would break my heart as a former...
  • Jarrett’s partisan pulpit speech may have violated IRS church-state rules

    01/17/2012 9:02:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Jarrett’s partisan pulpit speech may have violated IRS church-state rules 12:14 AM 01/17/2012 Valerie Jarrett’s partisan speech at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church may have violated the IRS tax rules for churches’ political activities, said a prominent free speech attorney. “It is problematic under current regulations,” said Erik Stanley, a senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is campaigning to roll back IRS curbs on believers’ speech. But if the IRS concludes that the church violated the IRS code, the ADF “will represent the church, just as it would represent any church for what is said from the pulpit,”...
  • Valerie Jarrett Blasts Republicans from the Pulpit

    01/16/2012 4:12:06 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/12 | Daniel Halper
    On the Sunday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to give a political speech, in support of her boss (Barack Obama) and congressional Democrats: "Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress--well let me be specific--because the Republicans in Congress," Jarrett told the crowd. According to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, at this point, "Before she could finish her sentence, people in the congregation were laughing, and applauding." At the Sunday service, Jarrett also brought up Osama bin Laden's death in order...
  • Secular Theocracy: The Foundations and Folly of Modern Tyranny, Part 2

    01/14/2012 4:02:18 PM PST · by DBCJR · 13 replies
    The Beacon ^ | Thursday January 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM PST | By David Theroux
    We live in a secularized world of nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is unwelcome. Rooted in the “Enlightenment,” this view supports a secularized and authoritarian public square enforced by government and that progress requires forcing religion ever backward into remote corners of society. In short, America has become a secular theocracy with a civic religion of national politics (nationalism) occupying the public realm in which government has replaced God...
  • Secular Theocracy: The Foundations and Folly of Modern Tyranny, Part 1

    01/14/2012 3:56:33 PM PST · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    The Beacon ^ | Monday December 19, 2011 at 7:29 PM PST | By David Theroux
    We live in an increasingly secularized world of massive and pervasive nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is ruled unwelcome and even a real danger on the basis of a purported history of intolerance and “religious violence.” This is found in most all “public” domains, including the institutions of education, business, government, welfare, transportation, parks and recreation, science, art, foreign affairs, economics, entertainment, and the media. A secularized public square policed by government is viewed as providing a neutral, rational, free, and safe domain that keeps the “irrational” forces of religion from creating conflict and darkness. And we...
  • Hosanna-Tabor: U.S. Supreme Court Church-State Decision Protects the Church

    01/12/2012 3:52:58 AM PST · by tcg · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/12/12 | Keith A Fournier
    Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is one of the most important Religion Clause cases of the last fifty years. ...There is a difference between a secular approach to governance and secularism, an ideology at odds with properly accommodating religious faith,churches,religious institutions and religious speakers. ...The Establishment Clause was intended to protect against the establishment of a National Church and a forced adherence to its doctrine by all citizens. It was more aptly understood as an Anti-Establishment Clause. Sadly, the interpretation of the Clause has devolved into an interpretation of a Church/State separation which is...
  • Supreme Court delivers a knockout punch to the White House

    01/11/2012 2:39:31 PM PST · by americanophile · 135 replies
    Fox News ^ | Peter Johnson Jr.
    Wednesday the United States Supreme Court delivered a knockout blow to the White House in the cause of religious liberty. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a unanimous court swatted away the government’s claim that the Lutheran Church did not have the right to fire a “minister of religion” who, after six years of Lutheran religious training had been commissioned as a minister, upon election by her congregation. The fired minister -- who also taught secular subjects -- claimed discrimination in employment. The Obama administration, always looking for opportunities to undermine the bedrock of First Amendment religious liberty, eagerly agreed....
  • Paper: Romney team consulted with LDS leaders [Oct. 19, 2006]-Mormon

    10/12/2011 12:00:13 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 51 replies
    Deseret News [Utah] ^ | October 19, 2006 | Scott Helman and Michael Levenson
    Governor Mitt Romney's political team has quietly consulted with leaders of the Mormon Church to map out plans for a nationwide network of Mormon supporters to help Romney capture the presidency in 2008, according to interviews and written materials reflecting plans for the initiative. -SNIP-- Church officials say they have a position of strict neutrality on political matters and are not supporting Romney's candidacy. Federal restrictionsBoth the church and BYU, as tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, are prohibited by federal law from advocating on behalf of a particular candidate or political party. -
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • America's Christian heritage censored?

    07/16/2011 2:31:21 PM PDT · by WriteStuff · 6 replies
    PointMan ^ | 07/06/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    For those interested in history and willing to dig a little, it’s not difficult to find proof that America’s heritage is not only Christian, but that our founders were profoundly Christian in their beliefs. The proof is in their personal writings and in the documents they signed that formed the basis for how we, as a nation, are governed. I came across a very interesting podcast recently. It was actually something that aired on Focus on the Family’s daily radio program June 30 and July 1 in advance of America’s Independence Day holiday, which for 150 years was actually a...
  • Court won't hear challenge to 'So help me God'

    05/16/2011 8:08:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/16/11
    The Supreme Court is brushing aside an atheist's challenge to religion in government, refusing to hear a complaint about President Barack Obama adding "so help me God" to his inaugural oath of office. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michael Newdow, who argued that government references to God are unconstitutional and infringe on his religious beliefs. Many presidents have added "so help me God" to the oath.
  • German "Far-Right" Politician Leaves Political Party For Church But Reprimands SSPX

    03/08/2011 11:16:16 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 03/08/2011 | Tancred
    'National Democratic Party Germany' politician from Regensburg, W.W. [known to the editor of, who's revealed himself Willi Wiener and authored a clarification for which follows further below, where he challenges the SSPX for using his conversion to support the CDU] has decided to leave the "far right" NDP Party which some consider fascist, because he feels it conflicts with his Catholic\Faith. This story underlines a certain tension going on within the Society regarding ways and means about how much to participate in politics. Mr. Wiener hasn't said the Church has no role to play in politics, but he's...
  • Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars

    02/24/2011 7:54:00 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 9 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | 2/24/2011 | Dick Bachert
    Hillary Clinton and Obozo are using YOUR taxes -- actually your grandchildrens' water-cooled, over limit CREDIT CARD -- to rebuild MOSQUES in the Middle East to "build good-will with the muzzies (who, in case the State Department didn't get the memo, call us the "Great Satan"). I guess some morons in Foggy Bottom -- and it's nearly impossible to find a NON-MORON down there -- still think we can BUY "FRIENDS" among these people. The video here tells the story: you imagine the hell the ACLU would be raising if the out of control fedzilla were sending dough to...
  • Ill. Judge Throws Out Atheist's Lawsuit over Cross's State Grant

    02/09/2011 3:16:00 PM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Feb. 09 2011 | Ethan Cole
    A federal judge that oversees central Illinois threw out an atheist’s lawsuit that demanded the return of a $20,000 state grant used towards restoring a giant 111-foot cross. U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey rejected on Tuesday plaintiff Rob Sherman’s argument that the grant was unconstitutional because it was taken from $5 million designated for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant, unlike Sherman’s allegation, was found to be made at the discretion of the Illinois’ executive branch and was not a legislative “earmark” as the atheist activist asserted. Sherman had filed the lawsuit last August against...
  • Pope: The Church is not Merely the Dispenser of Social Services

    02/03/2011 8:37:13 AM PST · by 0beron · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/03/11 | Tancred
    Editor: While remaining ambivalent to the nature of the Church and the State, the Holy Father restates the importance of the State in maintaining the moral order. Religion may not be merely limited as the participant in culture. Rom ( This Thursday morning Pope Benedict invited the new ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Holy See, Alfons M. Kloss, for the handing over of qualifications, with which this extraordinary and appointed emissary was accredited. In his address Benedict XVI. called Austria the "Land of Cathedrals", that in its culture, its history and not least in everyday life, the...
  • French Judge Forbids Community to Display a Crèche: And the Son of Man Had Nowhere to Lay His Head

    12/08/2010 11:22:01 AM PST · by 0beron · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/08/2010 | Tancred
    Freethinkers have complained-- Now there are fears that the example will make a school. Paris ( in the Northern French community of Montiers the Town Council has been forbiden by a judge to display a Crèche. The judge ruled for the plaintiff, who based his suit on the principle of the separation of Church and State against the display, as the regional paper "Courier Picard" reported this Tuesday. Commentators fear that this example could be a school for others like it. Claude Debay, retired teacher and former Mayor of the Community had already decided that the crib would not be...
  • Dan Walters: A Supreme Court ruling would be best-case scenario for gay marriage issue

    12/08/2010 8:17:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/8/10 | Dan Walters
    Monday's federal appellate court hearing on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that bars same-sex marriages, was divided into two one-hour segments. During the first hour, lawyers argued over who, if anyone, has legal "standing" to appeal District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, who will be governor in a month, refused to defend the measure. Attorneys for its proponents want the court to allow them to become the appellants. There's also a very odd bid by Imperial County, or at least its marriage license clerk,...
  • Faith and Politics Meet: Pope Benedict

    12/02/2010 11:22:19 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/02/2010 | Tancred
    Benedict XVI to the New Ambassador from Hungary: Legislative initiatives which value alternative relationships and family models, will promote the relativization of legislation and awareness of values in society. Rome ( morning Pope Benedict received in audience the new Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the Holy See, Gábor Győriványi. In his German address, the Holy Father recalled the reinstatement of diplomatic relations with the Holy See and the Hungarian Republic in 1990 and expresse the hope, "that the deep wounds of the materialistic conception of man, which after 45 long years years will strengthen and heal the heart...
  • President Obama outlines allowable religious practices for federally-funded organizations

    11/18/2010 7:26:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 41 replies
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order on November 17 outlining the allowable religious practices of faith-based social service organizations that receive federal funds. Such organizations will not be permitted to offer federally-funded social services in the same location in which “worship, religious instruction, or proselytization” takes place. Among the key points in the executive order: “Organizations, in providing services supported in whole or in part with Federal financial assistance, and in their outreach activities related to such services, should not be allowed to discriminate against current or prospective program beneficiaries on the basis of religion, a religious belief, a...
  • Forgetting the Constitution (Liberals don't understand what Separation of Church and State means)

    10/28/2010 7:37:37 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 23 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/28/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Politics is not the only place where some pretty brassy statements have been made and repeated so often that some people have accepted these brassy statements as being as good as gold. One of the brassiest of the brass oldies is the notion that the Constitution creates a “wall of separation” between church and state. This false notion has been so widely accepted that people who tell the truth get laughed at and mocked. A recent New York Times piece said that it was “a flub of the first order” when Christine O’Donnell, Republican candidate for senator in Delaware, asked...
  • What Media Won't Tell You About Separation of Church and State

    10/20/2010 10:03:03 AM PDT · by opentalk · 93 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 20, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    The media are in a full-scale hyperventilation following Tuesday's separation of church and state comments by Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell. As an Investor's Business Daily editorial points out, O'Donnell was right when questioned about this issue during a debate with Democrat candidate Chris Coons, and all the nattering nabobs of negativism filling the airwaves are wrong: There is, of course, no such passage. Those scoffing law scholars might want to look at the Constitution's unadorned text instead of the judicial activist law review articles that take up so much of their day. What the Constitution does say, in...
  • Is it too late to give Texas back to Mexico?

    06/15/2010 12:14:35 PM PDT · by AmericaUnite · 156 replies · 2,261+ views ^ | 6/10/10 | Randi Kreiss
    It’s not that I have anything against Mexico; love the country; love the people. It’s just that I would like to edge the state of Texas over the border and out of America. My issues with the Lone Star State, aside from the fact that it nurtured and launched the career of George Bush, is that the Texas school board has staged an intellectual coup d’état, voting in changes to the school curricula based on political and religious bias rather than educational criteria. In this case, the board is pushing an ultra-conservative, Christian agenda. But no religious or political agenda...
  • Indiana School Not Canceling Graduation Prayer Without Judge Order

    04/03/2010 6:06:42 AM PDT · by GregNH · 15 replies · 400+ views
    AP via FoxNews ^ | 42/2010 | AP
    GREENWOOD, Ind. -- A central Indiana district isn't calling off a planned high school graduation prayer unless a federal judge orders it. Greenwood School Board president Joe Farley says the district wants the judge to decide the merits of a lawsuit filed by the school's top-ranked senior. Greenwood High School student Eric Workman is asking a federal judge to stop a student-led prayer that the senior class voted to approve. The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on the 18-year-old's behalf claims that the prayer and class vote unconstitutionally subject students to religious practice.
  • The Audacity of the State

    01/08/2010 6:06:52 AM PST · by tgdunbar · 1 replies · 145+ views
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | 6 January 2010 | Douglas Farrow
    Douglas Farrow writes about The Audacity of the State: . . . Christendom, of course, had already seen many princes who were determined to make the church do their bidding. But Henry, by writing his supremacy into the laws of the realm, inaugurated a new era. In that era, the ongoing process of subordinating religion to the demands of the state would outrun the monarchy as such, and the Church of England too. Not merely some, but all of the church’s authority over things public would gradually be expropriated, binding even the conscience—as the Act of Succession already did—to the...
  • The Facts about Separation of Church and State

    07/16/2009 8:57:56 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 16 replies · 859+ views
    The Voice magazine ^ | July 16, 2009 | David Barton
    Thomas Jefferson, The First Amendment and the separation of church and state - most are surprised to discover that neither the Constitution nor the First Amendment contain these words. The First Amendment simply states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The fact that the phrase “separation of church and state” appears in no founding document does not prevent many judicial and social activists from invoking that phrase as the basis for many public policy decisions. Today, Thomas Jefferson (author of that phrase) is portrayed as the authority on the First...
  • IRS Asked to Investigate Tax Status of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

    06/01/2009 11:53:23 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 5 replies · 401+ views
    IRS Asked to Investigate Tax Status of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Today Liberty Counsel filed a complaint with the IRS, asking the agency to investigate the tax-exempt status of Americans United for Separation of Church and State ("AU"). Our complaint follows last week's letter by AU against Liberty University. AU has engaged in a consistent pattern of filing complaints against conservative churches and nonprofit organizations. Its statements are designed to intimidate, silence, and harm those with whom it disagrees. AU's activity is reckless because the group fails to investigate the accuracy of its statements when...
  • Obama spells 'persecution,' warns Focus on the Family

    10/23/2008 7:23:33 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 279 replies · 4,218+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/22/08 | Art Moore
    What would America look like after four years of an Obama administration? "Hardship," "persecution" and "suffering" are among the prospects in a hypothetical letter from a "Christian from 2012" released today by evangelical leader James Dobson's political activist group Focus on the Family Action. Titled "Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America," the piece clearly targets the many evangelical Christians seeking "change," particularly the young, who could tip the election in favor of the Illinois Democrat . At the end of the letter, the fictional Christian laments that these people "simply did not realize Obama's far-left agenda would take away many...
  • Minnesota preacher joins challenge of IRS on (political) endorsements

    10/03/2008 10:02:39 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 13 replies · 398+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 10/03/08 | Paul Walsh - Staff Reporter
    A northern Minnesota preacher's presidential endorsement from the pulpit of Republican John McCain over the weekend is part of a national challenge of federal restrictions on such political expressions. The Rev. Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church made his endorsement Sunday as part of the Alliance Defense Fund's "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." The fund said Booth and other pastors around the country were exercising "their First Amendment right to preach on the subject, despite federal tax regulations that prohibit intervening or participating in a political campaign." Booth, a delegate to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, said Monday he did...
  • Science: A Religion Unto Itself

    08/12/2008 7:20:07 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 252 replies · 245+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 08/12/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Science tried to purge other scientists who disagree with the establishment
  • Islamic call to prayer played from clock tower

    03/28/2008 10:29:29 AM PDT · by JCG · 158 replies · 2,922+ views
    The Miami Hurricane ^ | 3/27/08 | Farah Dosani // Contributing News Writer
    Muslims students at the University of Miami have organized for the Islamic call to prayer, broadcasted each Friday afternoon this month from Richter Library's clock tower in commemoration of Islamic Awareness Month. The call to prayer, or Adhan, is spoken in Arabic and is meant to resonate throughout the area. "It serves as constant reminder of when we have to pray, because prayer itself is a reminder of our religion and how we practice it," said Selima Jumarali, the vice president of the organization. According to the teachings of Islam, Muslims are to pray five times a day. In Muslim-majority...
  • Lawmakers, LDS Church brainstorm

    01/24/2008 7:52:26 AM PST · by tortdog · 17 replies · 96+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 1/19/2008 | Bob Bernick Jr. and Deborah Bulkeley
    LDS Church leaders have told legislative bosses that the "element of humanity" should be re-introduced to the state's immigration debates. Before each general session, GOP and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate sit down separately with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints special affairs committee, a group made up of church general authorities, church public relations officials and their lobbyists, to discuss any items on the minds of both legislators and church leaders. House Minority Whip David Litvack, D-Salt Lake, said the Democrats' meeting with church officials brought up several issues, but the immigration discussion was the...
  • Police chaplains lose cross in wake of federal lawsuit [Spokane]

    12/05/2007 1:10:09 PM PST · by lonevoice · 21 replies · 951+ views
    KXLY News ^ | Nov 28, 2007 | Erik Loney
    SPOKANE -- The cross is coming off the official patch worn by Spokane Police Department chaplains after a federal lawsuit prompted changes inside the police chaplains office. The removal of the cross stems from a lawsuit filed against the city last year by a senior police volunteer who argued it was unconstitutional to have a cross on an official City of Spokane insignia. The federal lawsuit, filed by Ray Ideaus, said the patch was illegal and the department's requirement that chaplains adhere to the Judeo / Christian ethic was also unconstitutional because government cannot favor one religion over another. So...
  • Fourteenth Amendment Discussion – Pros and Cons

    11/12/2007 6:25:30 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 40 replies · 2,345+ views
    November 12, 2007 | backtothestreets
    This is an invitation for people to tell me why I should be thankful for the Fourteenth Amendment. It is likewise an invitations to others like me to discuss the pitfalls of this amendment. I would just as well like to see the amendment repealed, but maybe someone with an unbiased, rational, balanced perspective can articulate how the benefits of this amendment (if they exist) outweigh the liabilities. Personally, I feel the Fourteenth Amendment rewrote the Constitution the Founders of our nation gave us.The Fourteenth Amendment has a troubled history. From the beginning, when states withheld ratification, attempted to withdraw...
  • Virginia School Will Recognize Student Pro-Life Group After Lawsuit Filed

    11/06/2007 4:48:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 101+ views
    LifeNews ^ | October 24, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
     A lawsuit pro-life attorneys filed on behalf of a group of students who were denied official recognition for their pro-life club apparently did the trick. Colonial Forge High School was the latest to come under fire for discriminating against pro-life students and found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the Alliance Defense Fund.A student at the school wanted to start a pro-life student club on campus and applied for her club to become officially recognized.  Officially recognized student clubs enjoy privileges such as access to the school newspaper, bulletin boards, and the public announcement system, as well...
  • Where Is The ACLU? [publicly-funded Arabic school]

    08/15/2007 3:23:52 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 419+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 15, 2007 | ALICIA COLON
    Now that Dhabah aka Debbie Almontaser has resigned as the principal-designate of the Khalil Gibran International Academy and has been replaced by a Jewish woman, Danielle Salzberg, some assume the opposition to the school itself is over. That supposition would be false. The demand for information from the Department of Education continues. The big question is why isn't the ACLU involved in this issue? The last I heard, this legal civil liberty organization was seeking removal of a cross in a Louisiana courtroom and threatening a lawsuit in Connecticut because a public school was using a cathedral for its commencement...
  • The Founders got it right

    07/16/2007 6:24:38 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 649+ views
    USA Today | 12:16 AM/ET, July 16, 2007 | Stephen Mansfield
    Stephen Mansfield explains how the "Everson" decison got it wrong and mis-represents the intent of the Founding Fathers, even of Thomas Jefferson himself.
  • Wisconsin High School Creates Prayer Room For Muslims

    "To help Muslim students meet their religious obligation, Waukesha South High School has opened a room for daily prayer for the first time this year. Interested Muslim students leave their classroom and gather for a Jamaat, or an organized prayer service."
  • Godly Foundation of America

    07/02/2007 1:37:49 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 303+ views
    American Bible Society ^ | July 2, 2007 | Rev. Dr. Paul G. Irwin
    Godly Foundation of America Rev. Dr. Paul G. Irwin President American Bible Society New York, NY, July 2, 2007 The Fourth of July provides an excellent opportunity to think about the principles that were the foundation of this country. Even though a recent Gallup Poll shows that nine out of ten Americans believe in God, strangely enough there are those who are convinced that the bedrock of the creation of the United States is based solely on secular principles rather than religious ones. There is a reason why the Ten Commandments, Scripture quotations and beautiful artwork depicting biblical scenes...