Church and State

VIDEO: 16-year-old boy dies from lack of medical treatment; family plans religious freedom defense

A 16-year-old Clackamas, Oregon boy, Neal Beagley, died Tuesday, June 17, following complications from an infected urethra. As he was older than 14 years of age, he could determine which medical treatment he received or did not receive, and he chose the path of faith healing. Physicians felt that a catheter would have saved his life had he sought professional medical treatment.  He […]

 
 

VIDEO: 18-minute Speech by Mitt Romney on Religious Liberty

On May 8, 2008, Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were awarded the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's Canterbury Medal for "Courage in the Defense of Religious Liberty." Mr. Romney's 18-minute acceptance speech, before friends and supporters of the Becket Fund at the Metropolitan Club in New York, focused on the need for religion in a free society. Thanks […]

 
 

OPINION: Courtship of religion complicates McCain and Obama campaigns

In an opinion piece published June 9 by Robert Novak, Novak describes the difficulty McCain has had winning the votes of religious right icons such as James Dobson and John Hagee and Catholics.  Hagee, of course, has alienated Catholics with his description of Catholicism as "Godless theology," something that McCain couldn't abide, and Hagee has told friends that McCain "threw […]

 
 

Religion-politics mix proves perilous (Christian Century)

If anything defines this election season, it is religion and politics, but as the Christian Century astutely points out, this can a troublesome mix. Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith. Mike Huckabee and his "Christian leader" ads. John McCain and John Hagee. Hillary Clinton and her "prayer warriors." Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright. The 2008 election has featured an extraordinary […]

 
 

The Pope, the President, and the Politics of Faith (Asia Times)

The balance between faith and politics is fragile, and Asia Times writer Spengler gives an interesting perspective in today's paper.  It is worth reading.  A link is provided following this excerpt: It is not only faith, but the temerity to act upon faith, that the pope and the president have in common. In the past I have characterized Benedict's stance […]

 
 

PROFILE: Rep. Chet Edwards Champions Separation of Church and State in Congress

PROFILE: Rep. Chet Edwards Champions Separation of Church and State in Congress

Rep. Chet Edwards represents President George Bush's home district (including Crawford, Texas) in the United States House of Representatives. A moderate who considers himself a bridge-builder between left and right, and a Methodist who attends the Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, Rep. Edwards is a staunch supporter of the separation of church and state. Toby Druin of The Baptist […]

 
 

VIDEO: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Religious Liberty

It seems like issues of a Presidential candidate's religion have always been an issue in elections going back to the 1960s. In this video clip, John F. Kennedy discusses how he believes church and state should relate to each other. It also features a brief clip of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. (Note: This video also contains […]

 
 

Government, Religion, and a Mythical Past

Government, Religion, and a Mythical Past

By Karen Scott, Walt Pontynen, and Leigh Johnson In this  article, originally published in Spectrum in 2002, the authors discuss the intent of the founders of the United States and how historical revisionism obscures our national heritage. (Re-posted with Permission.) AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER and poet George Santayana (1863-1952) wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."1 Unfortunately, […]