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is senior policy analyst at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Rob, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, contributes to AU's Wall of Separation blog, serves as assistant editor of AU's "Church & State" magazine, and has authored three books on religion and politics. Rob appears courtesy of Americans United.

Bumpy Lane: Religious Right Operative Seeks To Build (Another) Church-Based Political Machine

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Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

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The New York Times over the weekend ran a provocative column by Kevin M. Kruse, a history professor at Princeton University, on the origins of the “Christian nation” myth. Read more

Steven K. Green, christian nation, Kevin M. Kruse, Family Reasearch Council, Ronald Reagan, Ayn Rand, Heritage Foundation, Great Depression, Franklin D Roosevelt
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The New York Times over the weekend ran a provocative column by Kevin M. Kruse, a history professor at Princeton University, on the origins of the “Christian nation” myth. Read more

Steven K. Green, christian nation, Kevin M. Kruse, Family Reasearch Council, Ronald Reagan, Ayn Rand, Heritage Foundation, Great Depression, Franklin D Roosevelt
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Every now and then, while scanning the day’s news, I come across a headline that’s hard to believe.

Like this one: “California lawyer proposes ballot measure to execute gays.”

Someone’s idea of a joke, perhaps? Well, it’s not funny. Read more

Christian Reconstrutionism. Rousas John Rushdoony, California, Matthew McLaughlin, oxen
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Last night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to same-sex marriages in the state.

This was a very curious action. As you may recall, a federal court earlier this year declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay this ruling. This paved the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Alabama on Feb. 9. Read more

Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama, same-sex marriage, George Wallace
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Last week an article began circulating on social media claiming that 57 percent of Republicans in a recent poll said they believe Christianity should be the county’s official religion.

I didn’t want to believe this at first. I figured it must be an internet poll, or one that relied on a confusing question. Read more

United Church of Christ, Barry W. Lynn, President Barack Obama, Public Policy Polling
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Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton has been running around of late bragging about how he won defamation lawsuits against two Texans and a writer who had accused him of being a racist and a liar. However, it increasingly appears that Barton’s version of events is missing some details. Read more

David Barton, Oral Roberts University, Warren Throckmorton, Kyle Mantyla, People For the American Way, Right Wing Watch, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Judy Jennings, Chris Rodda, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Hrafnkell Haraldsson
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On Friday a Religious Right legal group called the Liberty Institute published an article titled “5 Dangerous Enemies Against Your Christian Faith” on the site Charisma News.

Americans United made the top five! There we are, right alongside American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. (Sounds like good company to me –and don’t be sad that we’re number four; the list is alphabetical.) Read more

Liberty Institute, Charisma News, Barry W. Lynn, Boston University School of Theology, Georgetown Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, American Humanist Association, American Atheists, Freedom From Religion Foundation
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A legislator in Tennessee has proposed naming the Bible the state’s official book.

State Rep. Jerry Sexton says the proposal would simply acknowledge the Bible’s “historically important role.” Read more

Tennessee, Mississippi, louisiana, William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, Kate Chopin, Jerry Sexton, Robert Penn Warren, A Confederacy of Dunces, the Awakening. Thomas Jefferson, wombats
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Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Presidents’ Day 2012.

Today is Presidents’ Day. Celebrate by reading some great presidential classics of religious liberty!

Start with George Washington’s letter to Touro Synagogue, one of the most succinct statements ever issued about religious liberty.

Presidents’ Day, Rutherford B. Hayes, John F. Kennedy, thomas jefferson, James Madison, George Washington
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