Church & State

A monthly magazine that contains church-state news and analysis. Promotes the concept of separation of church and state.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 9, October

Americans Reject Church-Based Politics, National Poll Indicates
Most Americans want to see less politicking emanating from the nation's pulpits, a national survey indicates. The poll, conducted by Princeton University last spring on behalf of the Pew Charitable Trust, interviewed 5,000 adults on their attitudes...
Anti-Separationist Pope on the Fast Track for Catholic Sainthood
A 19th-century pope who condemned church-state separation as an "error" has taken a major step toward sainthood. Pope Pius IX, who served as head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1846 to 1878, is a highly controversial figure with a record of hostility...
Around the States
New Jersey Bible-in-Schools Decision Narrowly Upheld A federal appeals court has split evenly on whether a New Jersey elementary school student has a First Amendment right to defy his teacher and read a Bible story aloud to his classmates. The...
Coalition Voter Guides Are Propaganda, Says Florida GOP Candidate
A Republican officeholder seeking reelection in Seminole County, Fla., says his views were misrepresented and distorted by the Christian Coalition. Seminole County Commissioner Daryl McLain told the Orlando Sentinel he had good reason to be suspicious...
Congress and Pastors: A View from the Summit
I was recently invited to attend a Congressional Pastors' Summit sponsored by Rep. Jay Dickey, a four-term House member from Arkansas. On the fax machine, along with the invitation, was a letter from Pastor Wiley S. Drake of Buena Vista, Calif., the...
Emergency!
How A City-Owned Hospital In Florida Wound Up Operating Under The Catholic Bishops' Control -- And What Americans United And Its Allies Are Doing About It Sister Pat Shirley was not happy. The Roman Catholic nun had just learned that a local woman...
Falwell, Merges with Anti-Separationist Legal Group in Fla
The Rev. Jerry Falwell has announced that one of his organizations is merging with Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal group based in Orlando, Fla. Falwell's National Liberty Journal carried a brief item about the merger last August. It reported...
Feminism Is `Hurtful to Women,' Charges Dobson's Focus on the Family
The feminist movement is "hurtful to women" because it encourages them to give up their natural roles as mothers, homemakers and nurturers, a top staff member with Focus on the Family asserted recently. Dianne Passno, executive vice president of...
Football Prayer: What Would Jesus Do?
This summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision banning school sponsored or endorsed prayer before high school football games was not well received in many quarters. In towns and cities across the South, tens of thousands of evangelical Christians are organizing...
Freedom from Religion: The First Amendment Protects Non-Belief, Too
"The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion." Of all the misguided claims made about the First Amendment, this is perhaps the most insipid. For years it was a stock phrase of the Religious Right, recited frequently...
Ohio Motto Endorses Christianity, Says AU in Legal Brief
Ohio's use of the New Testament phrase, "With God All Things Are Possible," endorses Christianity and thus violates the separation of church and state, Americans United has advised the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a friend-of-the-court...
Ralph Reed Firm Draws Criticism for Dirty Tricks in Virginia Race
A top official of Ralph Reed's political consulting firm has been accused of involvement with dirty tricks in a GOP congressional primary in Virginia. According to news media reports, Tim Phillips, vice president of Reed's Atlanta-based Century...
Religion, Hospitals and the Public Good
Public hospitals are frequently relied on to provide medical care for entire communities. In light of these facilities' responsibilities, there's simply no reason for a municipal hospital, on public property, supported directly and indirectly with...
Religious Rhetoric Sparks Debate in Campaign 2000
Debate over the use of religious rhetoric in politics has erupted again in campaign 2000. In late August, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman sparked controversy when he called for a greater role for religion in American public...
RIGHTEOUS REVOLUTION or Constitutional Quagmire?
Football Prayer Fans Are Trying An End-Run Around The Supreme Court's Ruling For Kody Shed, the start of Texas' high school football season is the beginning of a "righteous revolution." Frustrated by the Supreme Court decision barring school-sponsored...
`Sleazy Stunt' by Small Religious Right Group Falls Flat in Senate Race
An effort by a small Religious Right group to circulate rumors that First Lady and Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is a lesbian fell flat in September after the national news media declined to pick up the story. The Christian Action Network...