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. 9, October

'Absolute Separation': Fifty Years Later John F. Kennedy's Houston Address on Church and State Is Still Sparking Admiration-And Controversy
At nearly 9 p.m. on Sept. 12, 1960, John F. Kennedy stepped to a podium in the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas. In a ballroom filled with 300 pastors from the Greater Houston Ministerial Association and 300 spectators, Kennedy delivered a speech that...
An Invitation to Tea: 'Values Voter' Summiteers Seek Marriage of Convenience with Tea Party Activists in Advance of November Elections
Three days after stunning the political world with her upset victory over Republican establishment candidate Mike Castle in Delaware, U.S. Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell traveled to Washington, D.C., to bask in the Religious Right's adoration....
AU and Allied Croups Urge Navy Officials to End Broadcast Prayers on Ships
The U.S. Navy should end its policy of broadcasting nightly prayers on board ships, a coalition of organizations has urged. In a Sept. 9 letter to Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, Americans United and other groups assert that the prayer policy...
Ex-Congressman's Guilty Plea in Lobbying Case Shines Light on 'The Family'
A secretive Religious Right group that works to influence members of Congress and other governmental leaders around the world is receiving more unwanted scrutiny. The Fellowship Foundation, also known as The Family, has been implicated in the case...
Faith, Freedom and Front-Row Seats: I'm a 'Values Voter,' but Not the Kind I Met at These Events
What goes around comes around. Last year I had to miss the big Religious Right conclave in Washington held each September because I was attending my son's wedding. In penance, I had to attend two Religious Right gatherings this year. One weekend...
Florida Church Draws International Attention over Quran-Burning Threat
A small church in Florida attracted international attention and widespread condemnation after its pastor vowed to burn copies of the Quran to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Pastor Terry Jones' threat reverberated...
N.Y. Government Can't Undertake Land-for-Mosque Move, Says Americans United
Americans United in August warned that New York Gov. David Paterson's proposal to offer public property to relocate the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" raises serious constitutional issues and could spark litigation. Paterson made the proposal after...
On Religion and Politics: 'I Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State Is Absolute. ...'
On Sept. 12, 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy delivered one of the great American speeches on religion and government. Refuting charges that he might use the office of the presidency to advance his Roman Catholic faith, Kennedy reaffirmed...
Praying for Legal Behavior: Why Teachers Should Not Be Preachers
People who work in the public education system-from kindergarten on up to universities-are most often charged with the task of imparting some type of instruction. Evangelizing is not part of the job. Some do it anyway. Recently, Bobby Bowden, a...
Pulpit Politicking: Illegal and a Threat to the Mission of the Church
We at Americans United never thought we would agree with bombastic Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck. Beck seems determined to promote the idea that the United States was founded to be a "Christian nation." He frequently has David Barton, a notorious...
Put Creche on Your Own Lawn, AU Tells Va. Attorney General
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II wandered into yet another "culture war" battle in August when he issued an advisory opinion intended to guide local government officials on how to deal with Christmas Nativity scenes and other religious...
Ralph Reed Redux: Controversial Former Christian Coalition Leader Struggles to Build a 'Faith & Freedom' Group to Wage War on Church-State Separation
According to Jim Garlow, secularism is America's number one enemy. The senior pastor of San Diego's Skyline Church laid it out in a speech he gave before a group of Religious Right activists gathered in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10-11. "Godlessness...
The Resurrection of the Religious Right: Power-Hungry Religious Right Croups Are Waging a Massive Campaign to Turn out the Evangelical Vote in the Fall Elections
Evangelist Lou Engle believes the rally he held in Sacramento, Calif., over Labor Day weekend will be a turning point for America. Engle boasted that his event would do nothing less than spark a nationwide revival. As Frederick Clarkson, a researcher...
Trial of Former Liberian Dictator Puts Spotlight on TV Preacher Robertson
Television preacher Pat Robertson received some unwanted attention recently when one of his old business partners, former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, went on trial for war crimes. Taylor, who is being tried at the Hague in the Netherlands,...