Church and State

RAW MATERIALS: This week's Obama / Dobson broughaha

To help understand what's going on between Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, we have assembled the raw materials and news stories about the subject. 1. Read Obama's Speech from June 28, 2006 "Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, […]

 
 

"A Call To Renewal" – Barack Obama on the Role of Religion in Public Life

BARACK OBAMA TRANSCRIPT: 'Call to Renewal' Keynote Address Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Washington, DC Good morning. I appreciate the opportunity to speak here at the Call to Renewal's Building a Covenant for a New America conference. I've had the opportunity to take a look at your Covenant for a New America. It is filled with outstanding policies and prescriptions for […]

 
 

Pastors Challenge the IRS: Using the Pulpit to Promote Candidates

During this hotly contested election year, some church pastors are deliberately promoting candidates, knowing that the Internal Revenue Service could remove their tax-exempt status as the result. In Minnesota, Pastor Gus Booth, of the Warroad Community Church, not only promoted a candidate, but wrote to the Internal Revenue Service, told them what he was doing, and dared them to investigate.  […]

 
 

VIDEO: Interview with James Carroll about Christianity and Violence

Trinity Institute's Bob Scott talks with James Carroll, author, activist and former Catholic priest about religion and violence. Discusses Constantine's introduction of state power to the church, how the cross became a sword during the Middle Ages, and how this affects current conflicts between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

 
 

Wisconsin: Freedom from Religion Foundation Asks State to Halt Assembly Prayers

Last July, Wisconsin State Representative Terry Moulton led his colleagues in prayer: "In your name, and by the power of your spirit, I come against the Evil One. And I ask that he be cast from this place, this day." Not necessarily the most ecumenical of prayers, and now the Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked the Speaker of the […]

 
 

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 […]