Archive for: Separation of Church and State

VIDEO: VP Candidate Joe Biden on Religion, Government, and the Presidency (Fora.TV)

Recorded in May 2007, Delaware Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden discusses the role of religion in American society, and gives his thoughts on the separation between church and state.

 
 

Could Chet Edwards be Obama’s Running Mate? Edwards speaks on Religious Liberty

Could Chet Edwards be Obama’s Running Mate?  Edwards speaks on Religious Liberty

Rep. Chet Edwards – “I believe perhaps America’s greatest single contribution to the world from our experiment in democracy is our model of religious freedom and tolerance. The foundation of that religious freedom is the principle of separation of church and state, imbedded in the first 16 words of our Bill of Rights: ‘Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ In his letter to the Danbury Baptists of Connecticut in 1802, Thomas Jefferson expressed his belief that the principle of church-state separation is one of the most sacred of our founding principles. Unfortunately, many Americans today have come to perceive that separation of church and state implies disrespect for religion. Nothing could be further from the truth as Jefferson stated over a century ago.”

 
 

Obama Sets Off a Debate on Ties Between Religion and Government (NY Times)

Religion and the politics are experiencing an interesting mix this election season.  Peter Steinfels, of the New York Times, explores this mix in the following article: From the New York Times By Peter Steinfels Published: July 5, 2008 On Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama did his best to reclaim for Democrats the idea of partnerships between government and grass-roots religious groups […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Barack Obama on Separation of Church and State

“[Conservative leaders] need to understand the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy, but the robustness of our religious practice. Folks tend to forget that during our founding, it wasn’t the atheists or the civil libertarians who were the most effective champions of the First Amendment. It was the persecuted […]

 
 

Religious Pluralism & America’s Christian Nation Debate: Revisiting the Intentions of America’s Constitutional Founders

Religious Pluralism & America’s Christian Nation Debate: Revisiting the Intentions of America’s Constitutional Founders

By Gregory W. Hamilton The constitutional system of the United States of America remains the envy of the outside world despite the growing unrest of our European allies towards our country’s Administration, and the continual provocation against it by terrorists and a few hostile Arab-Muslim nations. Yet the greatest threat to our constitutional system comes from within, and particularly from […]

 
 

NEWS / OPINION: Law Professor Denied Communion Because He Supports Obama

No Religious Tests for Public Office? What about Political Tests to Receive Sacraments? Pepperdine University School of Law Professor, and former Constitutional law advisor for President Ronald Reagan, Douglas Kmiec was denied communion recently at a mass connected with a gathering of Catholic business people. The priest denounced Kmiec’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, then refused to give Kmiec communion. […]

 
 

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, […]

 
 

Gear Up Kids! It’s Time for the Annual War on Christmas

Gear Up Kids! It’s Time for the Annual War on Christmas

I am pleased to announce that it is now time for the “Annual War on Christmas.” Originally published at the Spectrum Blog Brace yourself for the ceremonial de-lighting of the Christmas tree, blowing out of the Menorah candles, and sequestering of the Holy Family. Talk show hosts will decry the “attack on Judeo-Christianity” while children will wonder whether ACLU injunctions […]

 
 

American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips

Book Review: American Theocracy. By Kevin Phillips. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2005. 462 pp. $26.95