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. 11, December

Assessing the 'Morning After': Times Will Be Tough, but Let's Not Abandon Ship
One of the big movies of 1973 was "The Poseidon Adventure." It was the tale of a luxury liner that was turned upside down by a tidal wave. A song for the film's soundtrack, performed by Maureen McGovern, was a huge pop hit as well. It had a line: "There's...
AU Reports Churches to IRS for Improper Pulpit Politicking
As election season 2010 came to a close, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate several churches that engage in unlawful partisan politicking. In mid October, AU filed a complaint after the pastor of Berean Bible Church...
Bias in Black and White: California's Religion-Based Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Parallels Historic Battle over Interracial Unions, Say Legal Experts
Thirty years ago, Roger Mills had to fight in seven courts to win the right to marry the woman he loved. Mills, who is white, wanted to marry a black woman. In most parts of the country, this would not have been a big deal in 1970. But in Mississippi,...
Checking out Church-State Separation: South Carolina University Library Honors Activist Flynn Harrell, as Church-State Collection Opens
Fifty-one years ago, Flynn Harrell made his first donation to Americans United. In 1959, soon after finishing college and service in the U.S. Army, Harrell attended a public meeting at the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg in South Carolina to...
Christmas Cranks: Religious Right Continues Phony 'War' Claims
'Tis the season to be cranky! That seems to be how the Religious Right plans to spend this holiday season. Once again, several groups are carping about the alleged "war on Christmas" and complaining about store clerks who dare to utter anything...
Church-Based Politicking Has Driven Young People from Pews, Professors Assert
Politicized churches are driving young people away from organized religion, two scholars have asserted. Robert D. Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University, and David E. Campbell, professor of political science at the University of...
Church, State and Election 2010: Voters Want Congress to Focus on the Economy, but the Election Results May Bring Collateral Damage to the Constitution
When Vicky Hartzler was nine years old, she asked God what she should become when she grew up. According to her book, Running God's Way: Step by Step to a Successful Political Campaign, the answer was surprising: a state representative. Nine might...
Congressional Champion: Why the Nation Will Miss Chet Edwards
For the past 20 years, one of the strongest congressional defenders of church-state separation has been a tenacious House member from Texas named Chet Edwards. Edwards was never afraid to take a strong stand for the church-state wall. A church-going...
Iowa Supreme Court Judges Voted out after Religious Right Smear Campaign
About a week before the Nov. 2 election, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins sent an e-mail to supporters plugging a bus trip to Des Moines, Iowa. Why was the Washington, D.C.-based FRC road-tripping in the Hawkeye State? The message,...
Jimmy Carter Laments Close Ties between Religion and Politics
Former President Jimmy Carter says religion and politics are getting too cozy. Carter, a Baptist who served in the White House from 1976-80, told the Salt Lake Tribune in late October that his own former denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention,...
Minn. Bishop's Intervention in Politics Sparks Backlash from Clergy
A Roman Catholic bishop in Minnesota is under fire for distributing nearly half a million DVDs attacking same-sex marriage, a move some observers interpreted as an attempt to intervene in the state's gubernatorial race. Archbishop John C. Nienstedt...
Ohio Lawsuit over Preaching Teacher Moves toward Resolution
A long-running legal battle over religion in an Ohio public school appears to be drawing to a close. The case involves a former eighth-grade science teacher named John Freshwater at Mount Vernon Middle School, who was accused of teaching creationism,...
Shariah Charade: Politicians Fan Fear to Win Ballot Approval for Oklahoma Ban on Islamic Law
Noreen Ahmad proudly calls herself an Oklahoma Muslim. She loves her home state; it's part of who she is. And until recently, she has never felt discriminated against by fellow Oklahomans. "I wore a hijab all through college," said Ahmad, who attended...
Supreme Court Should Deny Right to Sue in Church-State Cases, Obama Attorney Says
The Obama administration has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn decades of legal precedent and curb the ability of taxpayers to sue over programs that divert tax money to religious schools. During a Nov. 3 oral argument, Acting Solicitor General...