Church & State

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

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 4, April

`600-Pound Gorillas' Prevail in NRB Dispute, Critics Apologize. (People & Events)
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is continuing to deal with fallout over a controversy about the proper role politics should play in the organization. The dispute began in January when Wayne Pederson, the recently appointed president...
Alabama's Moore Is Judge, Not Ayatollah, Insist Groups at Rally. (People & Events)
Americans United joined several religious and civil rights groups at a rally outside the Alabama Supreme Court in Montgomery Feb. 22 to protest a religiously based ruling issued by Chief Justice Roy Moore in a legal dispute over child custody. ...
An Open Letter to Senator Lieberman. (Letters)
I am disappointed to read ("Faith-Based Fracas," March Church & State) that a fellow Jew has accepted a compromise with the Bush administration on its campaign to ignore the Constitution's provisions establishing separation of church and state....
Bush Calls for Passage of New `Faith-Based' Compromise Plan. (People & Events)
A dramatically watered-down version of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative is picking up steam in the Senate and may pass this spring. Discussing welfare reform at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, Bush...
Catholic Charities Should Not Be Exempt from Contraception Law, AU Says. (People & Events)
Catholic Charities of Sacramento should not be exempt from a California law that requires employers to provide contraceptive coverage to employees, Americans United has argued in a brief filed with the California Supreme Court. Catholic Charities,...
Church Politicking and Congress: Why the Jones Bill Is Wrong
Rep. Walter Jones' "Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act" (H.R. 2357), would remove provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that prohibit houses of worship from supporting candidates for public office. Here are some reasons why this...
Church, State and the Land Down Under: Back from the Outback. (Perspective)
I've been on vacation in Australia. On our first day in Sydney, I read a sign for the month's activities at the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. One morning, the Gardens were hosting a "magical mystery tour" where children were encouraged to dress...
D. James Kennedy's Creed: Do as I Say, Not as I Do? (Letters)
Television evangelist D. James Kennedy is promoting a summer cruise to Alaska for the benefit of Alabama's Ten Commandments judge, Roy Moore. The irony of Kennedy's effort to foster Moore's ambitions is his own disregard for one of the most significant...
Education Secretary Calls for `School Choice,' While Right-Wing Cries `Amen!' (Poeple & Events)
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige has strongly endorsed education "choice," much to the delight of sectarian school lobbyists and Religious Right leaders, who say the move is long overdue. Paige, speaking at a conference of the Black Alliance...
End Church-State Ties, Top English Bishop Tells Church Leaders. (People & Events)
A leading bishop in the Church of England has called for his denomination to sever its official ties to the state. Bishop Mark Santer of Birmingham made the proposal during a March 9 address to his diocesan synod. Santer, who is retiring in May,...
Graham Warned Nixon about `Jewish Control' of Media, Tape Reveals. (People & Events)
Popular Christian evangelist Billy Graham told President Richard M. Nixon in 1972 that Jews have a "stranglehold" on the U.S. media and urged him to put a stop to it if he were reelected later that year. The conversation, taped without Graham's...
Liberian Dictator Says Country under Rule of Jesus Christ. (People & Events)
Brutal Liberian dictator Charles Taylor has declared his nation under the rule of Jesus Christ, a move that has been applauded by TV preacher Pat Robertson. Taylor, an international pariah and former warlord, appeared at a recent "Liberia for...
Penna. School Drops Creationist Program after AU Complaint. (People & Events)
A rural school district in western Pennsylvania has cancelled a planned presentation by a creationist after a warning from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The West Greene School Board in Greene County had voted 6-2 in January...
Pizza Magnate Seeks to Erect 250-Foot Crucifix in Mich. Town. (People & Events)
Pizza magnate Thomas Monaghan's plan to erect a 250-foot tall crucifix -- complete with a 40-foot Jesus -- has sparked controversy in Ann Arbor Township, Mich. Monaghan, who founded the Domino's Pizza chain but later sold it, has been busy converting...
Politicizing the Pulpit: North Carolina Congressman, Religious Right Push Bill to Allow Church Electioneering
Make County, N.C., Sheriff John H. Baker Jr. is a fixture in local politics who for 24 years has repeatedly turned back challengers who covet his job. It helps that the 6-foot, 7-inch former pro football player is a considerable physical presence;...
Powell Comments on Condoms Spark Attacks from Religious Right. (People & Events)
Secretary of State Colin Powell came under blistering attack from Religious Right groups after he told a national television audience that sexually active young people ought to use condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted...
Ten Commandments Fever: Decalogue Advocates Turn Up the Heat with Legislation in Congress, State Legislatures
When most Americans read the First Amendment, they see a wall of separation between church and state that has protected both institutions for over two centuries. When Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) sees the Constitution's guarantee of religious liberty,...
Why the Ten Commandments Shouldn't Be Posted in Government Buildings
Opponents of church-state separation are increasingly using the Ten Commandments as a tool to promote government-sponsored religion. From city councils to Congress, Religious Right activists and allied public officials are pushing the display of...