Church & State

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

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 6, June

Americans United, ACLU Challenge Graduation at Connecticut Church
Americans United, the ACLU of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit against a public school district in Enfield, Conn., that plans to hold graduation ceremonies in an evangelical mega-church. The lawsuit, Does v....
AU's Lynn Challenges Sarah Palin Remarks on Religion and Government
Religious Right favorite Sarah Palin says it's "mind boggling" for anyone to say that America is not a Christian nation and opined that the founders didn't believe in separation of church and state. Palin made the remarks during a women's conference...
AU Urges Obama Administration to Probe Ten Religion Earmarks
Americans United has called on the Obama administration to investigate 10 earmarks for religious schools and ministries that raise constitutional issues about inappropriate public funding of religion. In an April 22 letter to Attorney General Eric...
Bluegrass Boondoggle Booted: Kentucky Supreme Court Unanimously Bars Millions in Taxpayer Aid to Baptist University
The Rev. Paul Simmons couldn't sit idly by while the Kentucky legislature appropriated $11 million in public funds to support a Baptist university. It wasn't because the Louisville resident was against religion or opposed to improving education,...
Cross Loss? Fractious Justices Send Mojave Cross Case Back to Lower Court, but Church-State Separationists See Trouble Ahead
To Justice John Paul Stevens, one thing is perfectly clear: The Christian cross in the Mojave National Preserve cannot commemorate all veterans of World War I. "Congressional action, taken after due deliberation, that honors our fallen soldiers...
FOF Founder Dobson Returns to Radio with Shrill New Program
Religious Right powerhouse James Dobson returned to the airwaves last month, launching a new daily radio program co-hosted by his son Ryan. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family (FOF), announced last year that he planned to retire from the...
Iowa Religious Right Group Awarded $3 Million in 'Faith-Based' Funds
An Iowa Religious Right group received more than $3 million in federal grants for marriage counseling through the "faith-based" initiative, an online publication has reported. The Iowa Family Policy Council (IFPC) received the money from the U.S....
Judging a Supreme Court Nominee: What Senators Should Ask Elena Kagan
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's record on church-state separation is thin. It's important, therefore, that the Senate Judiciary Committee flesh things out by asking her some relevant questions. Nominees to the high court aren't supposed to pre-judge...
Kagan Kerfuffle: Supreme Court Nominee Has Slim Record on Social Issues, but Religious Right Has Opened Fire on Her Any Way
President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill Justice John Paul Stevens' seat on the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a potentially bruising confirmation battle in the Senate. Prodded by the Religious Right,...
'May Day' Prayer Rally's Radical Flavor Brings Small Crowd, Big Criticism
A small but energetic crowd of Religious Right activists gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 1 to call America to task for electing Barack Obama as president. The rally, titled "May Day: A Cry to God for a Nation in Distress,"...
Memo to Religious Right: Americans Don't Need Government Help to Pray
In April, a federal court ruled that the 1952 law creating the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. To hear the Religious Right tell it, the end of Western civilization is nigh. Religious Right Web sites and e-mails screamed that Americans...
Misbegotten out Rage: National Prayer Day Proponents Escalate Propaganda War Based on Crabbed Reading of Court Decision
It was easy to imagine Tony Perkins turning purple as he banged out a screed expressing outrage over a federal judge's ruling that the National Day of Prayer (NDP) is unconstitutional. "While this is one of many instances in which the courts have...
Pro-Falwell Slate Fares Poorly in Lynchburg Municipal Elections
A slate of candidates aligned with Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. fared poorly during May 4 municipal elections, with two of three political hopefuls going down to defeat. In addition, a Liberty University student who ran for a...
Sectarian Prayers OK for Police Chaplains, Virginia Governor Says
Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has rescinded a directive ordering State Police chaplains to use non-sectarian prayers at public events. McDonnell's action removed a 2008 policy put in place by W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent of the state police....
Why a Liberal Defense of Church-State Separation Is Really Conservative
I am called many things, but "conservative" is not generally one of them. Yet there are times when I want to shout from the rooftops--or at least from an upstairs window since I am mildly acrophobic--that when it comes to separation of church and...