Church & State

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

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, February

60 Years of Controversy: What the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Religion in Public Schools-And Why
The U.S. Supreme Court has been grappling with the role of religion in public education for six decades now. At the risk of oversimplifying, the high court has tended to strike down programs of schoolsponsored or coercive religious activity while protecting...
Back-Door Politicking by Tax-Exempt Croups Roises Red Flags
The Internal Revenue Service has stepped up its warnings to tax-exempt houses of worship to stay out of partisan politics. Yet it seems some people still aren't getting that message--or have chosen to ignore it. The Texas Freedom Network (TFN) last...
Bible Handout at Mo. School Struck Down
A federal judge has again ruled against a Gideons Bible distribution at a Missouri public school. Since 2005, the Board of Directors of South Iron R-1 School District has fought to continue to allow Gideons International representatives to enter...
Constitutional Caveat: Jesus Is His Savior, but He Doesn't Want to Read It from the Back of a Patrol Car
Just so you know, says M. Reza Salami, the North Carolina A&T University professor who challenged the appropriateness of a "Jesus" sign in a sheriff deputy's patrol car, he likes Christmas. And he voted twice for George W. Bush, even though...
Ex-Utah Governor Sought to Bring Mormon Ideas into Government
Former Utah governor Mike Leavitt held meetings with his advisers in 1996 to plot ways to bring "just and holy" principles from the Book of Mormon into government, the Salt Lake Tribune reported recently. The sessions took place in the governor's...
Few Churches Accept Public Funds, Survey Finds, but Bush Crusade Coes On
A new survey indicates that while most houses of worship in the United States provide social services, only a few are seeking government grants to fund them. The study, "American Congregations and Social Service Programs," was released by the Roundtable...
'First Freedom First' Offers 10 Church-State Questions to Ask the Candidates
This year's crop of presidential hopefuls has talked about where they go to church, how they interpret the Bible, what they pray for and other spiritual matters. But where do they stand on crucial religious freedom issues like "faithbased" initiatives,...
Ga. Reconstructionist Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Sex-Scandal Lawsuit
A Georgia minister tied to the radical Christian Reconstructionist movement has admitted he lied under oath about a sexual relationship he had with his brother's wife. Earl Paulk Jr., formerly pastor of Chapel Hill Harvester Church in Atlanta, testified...
'In God We Trust' Moved to More Prominent Spot on Presidential Dollars
Responding to complaints from the Religious Right, Congress has passed legislation mandating that the phrase "In God We Trust" be moved from the edge to the back or front of the new presidential dollar coins. President George W. Bush signed the...
McCollum at Sixty: Illinois Decision Paved the Way for Individual Freedom
The proper role of religion in public education has long vexed Americans. In a country of increasing diversity, how can we best ensure that young people from many faiths and none are educated without sectarian strife? One way we do that is by making...
One Woman's Fight: How an Illinois Mom Took a Stand against Coercive Religion in Public Schools-And Made Church-State History
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the fall of 1943, Vashti McCollum was working to juggle college, a marriage and three young boys' lives. The Champaign, Ill., morn was taken aback one day when her oldest son, Jim, asked her to sign a permission slip for...
Pat Robertson Declines Election Prediction for Fear of Rooney Razz
TV preacher Pat Robertson says God told him who's going to win the 2008 presidential election--but he won't say because he's afraid "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney will make fun of him. Speaking on his "700 Club" Jan. 2, Robertson said he had...
Presidential Candidates Are Professing Their Faith-And Plundering the Pews-In an Unprecedented Altar Call for Votes
Although no one realized it at the time, a defining moment of modern American politics occurred on Dec. 13, 1999. Six Republican hopefuls met for a debate that evening at the Des Moines Civic Center. During the event, moderator John Bachman of WHO-TV...
Science Academy Urges Public Schools to Omit Creationism
The nation's most prestigious scientific organization has issued a new booklet reminding teachers, parents and students of the importance of learning about evolution, stating forthrightly that creationism is a religious view that should not be taught...
Senator's Inquiry into 'Prosperity' Preachers Gets Mixed Results
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley's request for information from six large ministries that preach the "prosperity gospel" has produced mixed results: Two have turned over information, two have asked for more time and two say they won't comply. The Iowa...
Thou Shalt Not Mix Religion and Politics: My Sunday Sermon at the 'Church of the Presidents'
For just a brief moment, I felt like the president of the United States giving a press conference. After all, as I looked out at the crowd I was preparing to address, there in the first row sat Helen Thomas! Helen is the pioneering woman journalist...