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Fundamentalist Football: Clemson University Coaches Allegedly Proselytized To Team

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It seems football players at Clemson University must pass a religious test in order to play for the school’s team.

Clemson, a public school in South Carolina, has been accused of allowing its football coaches to indoctrinate their players in Christianity. Read more



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The Religious Right loves to twist history to suit its agenda, and the latest culprit to tell a tall tale of the past is former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

DeMint, a Tea Party favorite who represented South Carolina from 2005-2013, is now head of the conservative Washington, D.C.-based think tank Heritage Foundation. Heritage is a sponsor of the Values Voter Summit, the Religious Right’s big annual strategy meeting in Washington. (Heritage used to focus on low taxes, low regulation and free markets. In recent years, it has adopted a far-right social agenda as well.)     Read more

Jim DeMint, Heritage Foundation, Abraham Lincoln, abolition, John R. McKivigan, Horace Greeley


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The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.

“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.” Read more

Today Show, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Ben Stein, ten commandments, U.S. Supreme Court


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Always beware of the Religious Right when it’s bearing gifts, as was the case at a recent conference attended by roughly 950 pastors in Austin, Texas. Read more

Mike Huckabee, David Barton, Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel, Texas Renewal Project, American Renewal Project, Rafael Cruz, J.C. Watts, Abington v. Schempp, Don Wilkey, Talk to Action


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If you want to start a church, all you need is your own television show. So says the Internal Revenue Service, anyway.

A recent report by National Public Radio (NPR) told the puzzling story of Daystar, a televangelist network based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The network, which is run by Marcus and Joni Lamb, is “dedicated to spreading the Gospel 24 hours a day, seven days a week” to its potential audience of 2 billion worldwide. Read more

Daystar, Marcus Owens, Marcus Lamb, Joni Lamb, Pat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting Network, Billy Graham, Liberty Counsel


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When it comes to selling Floridians on the need for an expanded school voucher program, it seems honesty is not the best policy. Read more

Tax Credit Scholarship Program, Erik Fresen, Step Up for Students, Bill Galvano


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An Oklahoma judge who used the Bible as the basis for denying name-change requests by women who had gender-reassignment surgery has been overruled by a higher court. Read more

Judge Bill Graves, American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, James Dean Ingram, Angela Renee Ingram, Steven Charles Harvey, Christie Ann Harvey


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Do for-profit corporations exercise religion? What constitutes a religious enterprise? What did Congress intend when it passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993?

These and many other questions were batted about this morning as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pivotal combined case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties vs. Sebelius.   

I was fortunate to sit in the press gallery during the argument, and it seemed skepticism abounded on both sides. Read more

Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Hobby Lobby. Conestoga Wood Specialties, Paul Clement, Donald Verrilli, sonia sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy


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Catholic schools have fallen on hard times nationwide, and now the most powerful bishop in the United States is hoping New York’s taxpayers will bail out some of these ailing institutions. Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sheldon Silver, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Cusick


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Sometimes it’s acceptable for a house of worship to discriminate.  

No one, for example, could reasonably expect a Catholic church to hire a Jewish rabbi. But does that limited exemption from anti-discrimination laws mean churches are free to refuse to sell real estate to gay couples? A Massachusetts court will soon decide that very issue. Read more

James Fairbanks, Alain Beret, Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, Martha Coakley, Worcester Superior Court


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