Church & State

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

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 8, September

Bush Taps Indiana Activist to Be Nation's New 'Faith Czar'
President George W. Bush has appointed a 41-year-old Indiana church elder and welfare reform activist to be the new director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The appointment of Jay F. Hein of Indianapolis came...
Churches, Politics and the IRS: Right-Wing Clergy and Their Politician Allies Are Trying to Build Illegal Church-Based Political Machines in Ohio and Other States, but This Year the Federal Tax Agency Seems Ready to Stop Them
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus advises that if someone strikes you, the proper response is not to hit back but to turn the other cheek. The Rev. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, has a different view of how to deal with perceived...
Congress Approves Mt. Soledad Cross Bill
Congress has approved a bill to give the federal government ownership of a piece of land in San Diego containing a 29-foot cross. The cross atop Mt. Soledad has been at the center of a 17-year legal dispute. Courts have ruled that display of the...
Education Dept. Seeks to Bury Study Proving Public School Success
A report came out recently indicating that public school students perform as well or better than private school students with similar backgrounds, but you would never know it by visiting the U.S. Department of Education's Web site. The department did...
GOP House Leaders Push 'Values Agenda' for Religious Right
Hoping to energize their base in advance of the November elections, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives unveiled a so-called "American Values Agenda" in late June. The package of bills occupied much of the House's time throughout...
Kansas Voters Spurn Creationist Candidates in Primary Election
Voters in the Aug. 1 primary defeated several candidates for the Kansas State Board of Education who wanted to water down the teaching of evolution, returning the board to moderate hands. In a closely watched election, Republicans were asked to...
New York Court Skips Inter-Religious Conflicts
Courts in New York say the constitutional separation of church and state prevents them from intervening in internal disputes in religious groups. In recent months, appeals courts there have turned away a lawsuit by Greek Orthodox congregants over...
Piety & Politics: Finding the Right Balance: Pat Robertson, You're No Martin Luther King!
I had been working for Americans United for Separation of Church and State for just a few days and was still packing up things from a job in Hanover, N.H., when my wife handed me an ad from USA Today that nearly made me spill my coffee. It was October...
Project Fair Play: Americans United Escalates Campaign to Educate Houses of Worship about Federal Tax Law and Partisan Politics
Americans United supporters ill Texas were looking over financial data related to local elections when something unusual leaped out: a church in Kerrville had donated $1,500 to the Republican Party. Documents provided by the Texas Ethics Commission...
Republican Voters Reject Ralph Reed in Georgia Primary
Former Christian Coalition (CC) leader Ralph Reed failed in his bid to become lieutenant governor of Georgia in a primary election July 18. Reed, 45, was defeated by Casey Cagle, a state senator, 56 percent to 44 percent. Reed's loss was a stunning...
Stay out of Religion, Baptist Scholar Tells Senate Subcommittee
A Baptist college professor has urged a Senate panel not to make it harder for Americans to bring church-state lawsuits, arguing that such legislation would reduce religious freedom rights. Melissa Rogers, visiting professor of religion and public...
The Cross and the Sword: Evangelical Support for Separation Is Welcome
Since at least 1980, evangelical Christianity has become increasingly identified in the public mind with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and others of that ilk. Polls suggest that many evangelicals are uncomfortable with that religious-political niche,...
What's Wrong with This Picture? West Virginia Lawsuit Says Portrait of Jesus in Public High School Violates Church-State Separation
When Harold Sklar moved to a small community in north central West Virginia, he enrolled his children in the local public schools, and like many parents, he hoped that they would be accepted and fit in. But Sklar, who is Jewish, soon discovered...
Wiccans and the VA: The Case for Decency and Common Sense
Some things should be easy. Some injustices ought to be resolved under notions of common sense and basic decency. That is the case with a request from Roberta Stewart of Fernley, Nev. Roberta's husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in action...