Church & State

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 4, April

Altar Call: Christian Coalition's 'Families 2000' Project Seeks to Enroll 100,000 Churches in Pat Robertson's Partisan Political Machine
On the Sunday before Election Day, Republican legislative candidate Dick Black visited the 11:15 worship service at the Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, Va. He wasn't there just to pray. Black, a Religious Right activist, was making one...
Injudicious Committee: Istook Religion Amendment Clears House Judiciary Panel, Heads for Floor
Christian Coalition Executive Director Randy Tate calls what happened in the House Judiciary Committee March 4 "monumental." Tate was excited because, thanks to a committee vote that day, a constitutional amendment to rewrite the church-state...
Protecting the 'Inviolable Citadel of the Heart': The Supreme Court's Decisions on Religion and Public Schools
The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on religion and public education have been among its most controversial. Since the McCollum v. Board of Education verdict in 1948, the high court has rendered only nine opinions on the role of faith in the classroom....
Sen. Thompson and Co.: They Just Couldn't Handle the Truth
My son Nick and I went to see the movie "U.S. Marshals" recently. It's a sequel to "The Fugitive" (the movie from a few years back starring Harrison Ford), which featured the character of Chicago-based Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard, played by Tommy...
The Istook Religion Amendment: Reflections of a Texas-Bred, Spirit-Led, Cornbread-Fed Baptist
Last month, Andy Waddell of Maysel wrote to two Clay County elementary school principals protesting Christmas programs that included prayers and altar calls, where people can publicly proclaim they have been saved. Principal John Gency, a local...
Vashti's Victory: How a Valiant Illinois Woman and Her Family Won the First Supreme Court Verdict on Religion and Public Schools Fifty Years Ago
Light-hearted pranks are common on Halloween, but in 1945 the annual spooky celebration took a sinister turn in Champaign, Ill., at the home of Vashti and John McCollum and their three sons. Answering a knock at the door, Vashti McCollum was pelted...