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The Greening of Evangelicals, Washington Post, February 6, 2005

'God's Mandate': Putting The White House on Notice, Washington Post, February 6, 2005

Touchdown for the Indecency Police, The International Herald Tribune, February 5, 2005

A training manual of the theocratic right

Church Groups Turn to Sonogram to Turn Women from Abortions, New York Times, February 2, 2005

Bibles for Iraq

Way Too Much God, Wall Street Journal, Editorial Page, January 21, 2005

Hidden Biblical Passages in the President's Inaugural Address, The Progressive, January 21, 2005

Conservative Christians Embrace Inauguration, New York Times, January 21, 2005

Maureen Dowd, of the New York Times wrote, December 23, 2004: "They [the Iraqi people] may choose to live in a theocracy, though. Americans did."

New York Times, December 18, Frank Rich, 2004, The Year of the Passion

League of Conservation Voters 2004 scorecards are out. National Congressional Averages: Senate, Democrats: 85%; Republicans 8%. House, Democrats: 86%; Republicans: 10%.

Monitoring the theocratic right: The Moral Majority Coalition

Pro-environment evangelicals, Alternet: Did Jesus Wear Birkenstocks? Posted December 17, 2004 on the New York Press.

Did Scalia Skip History Class? Americans United, December 7, 2004

Rolling Back Women's Rights, the New York Times, November 23, 2004

Earthly Rewards for the Christian Voter, The Nation, November 18, 2004

James Dobson, The religious right's new kingmaker, from Slate, November 12, 200

Faith Based Gynocology???, November 10, 2004, President Bush announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

New York Times, December 23, 2004: Administration Overhauls Rules for U.S. Forests

Government and The Courts

From, February 8, 2005:

President Bush's new budget includes tax breaks that will reduce revenues by $130 billion over five years; massive cuts to important domestic programs like food stamps; and increases in the deficit level to $1.39 trillion. The Center On Budget And Policy Priorities has produced a comprehensive report.  SEE THE REPORT

Filibuster a Tool Used by Both Parties, People for the American Way, January, 2005

Problem with Electronic Voting in North Carolina, New York Times, Januray 18, 2005

From The Hill, The Newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress, January 21, 2005:

A few of Frist's conservative allies are interpreting his Jan. 4 comments to mean that Rule 22, which establishes the ground rules for filibusters, is not in effect for the new session of Congress.

REBELLION OF THE STATES, New York Times, January 16, 2005

January 14, 2005: Bush Plans Sharp Cuts in HUD Community Efforts, Washington Post, January 14, 2005

Republican National Committee picks a pro-choice Republican as Vice Chair, New York Times, January 14, 2005

GOP Leaders Tighten Their Grip on House, Washington Post, January 9, 2005

Bush is creating a non-existent Social Security crisis, Krugman, New York Times, January 4, 2005

The Jones Bill is now the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act (H.R. 235). For a suggested action alert from Americans United click here. (1/2/05)

Evangelical Leader Threatens to Use His Political Muscle Against Some Democrats, New York Times, January 1, 2005

Rehnquist Resumes His Call for Judicial Independence, New York Times, January 1, 2005

Bending House Rules,, January 4, 2005

"House Republicans pushed through a significant change in the handling of ethics complaints over strong Democratic objections.." New York Times, January 5, 2005

Lowering the Bar for Government Ethics? Washington Post, December 31, 2004

Bush Tries Again on Court Choices Stalled in Senate, New York Times, December 24, 2004

Naked Power Grab: Christian Coalition Plots To Strip Federal Courts Of Their Authority To Hear Church-State Cases, Church and State, November, 2004

Frist to pass legislation taking away filibuster, DailyKos, November 12, 2004

Mr. Smith Goes Under the Gavel, New York Times, November 28, 2004

Senator Frist Tightens the Screws, New York Times, November 27, 2004

The Speaker Who Would Be Maître D' New York Times, December 2, 2004 on Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert

Regressive Ethics in the House, New York Times, November 19, 2004

From the Boston Axis of evil, November 15, 2004: "Meet the new Republican senators. Five of them hope to make your worst nightmares come true."

Stopping Specter, Tom, Bill Berkowitz, November 12, 2004

State Legislatures

Christian Conservatives Turn to Statehouses, New York Times, December 13, 2004

States as "laboratories of democracy." (TomPaine, November 5, 2004)

"Who Controls the States Controls the Nation," from The Nation magazine, August 30, 2004


Evolution Takes A Back Seat, New York Times, February 1, 2005

Stealth Attack On Evolution, Time Magazine, January 31, 2005

The Crafty Attacks on Evolution , New York Times, January 23, 2005

Caught between Church and State, Susan Jacoby, New York Times, January 19, 2005

Judge in Georgia Orders Anti-evolution Stickers Removed from Textbooks, New York Times, January 14, 2005

A very fine and thorough article about Dover, PA, and the history of opposition to evolution,, January 10, 2005

Careful Not to Get Too Much Education...Or You Could Turn Liberal,, December 28, 2004

More Funding for Abstinence: From the, November 29, 2004; from the abstinence-only sex education text Choosing The Best Soulmate

Classroom Indoctrination?: What You Haven't Heard About A California Teacher's Case, Americans United, December 9, 2004

God, American History and a Fifth-Grade Class, New York Times, December 5, 2004

Public School NOT Sunday School! ACT NOW! Stephen Williams against the Cupertino School District. DailyKos, December 11, 2004

Schools Lose Faith in Evolution, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2004

School District Challenges Darwin's Theory, New York Times, Saturday, November 21, 2004

Health Textbooks in Texas to Change Wording About Marriage, New York Times, November 6, 2004

Sex Education Texas Style, Boston Globe, November 11, 2004 by ELLEN GOODMAN

GRANTSBURG, Wisconsin (AP) November 6, 2004-- "School officials have revised the science curriculum to allow the teaching of creationism .."

School Board Considers Censoring Books, Handing Out Bibles, Teaching Creationism, Washington Post, October 10, 2004


Moral Values: Dr. Robin Meyers, November 14, 2004, minister of Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City, and professor of Rhetoric at Oklahoma City University
One More Moral Value: Fighting Poverty, New York Times, January 30, 2005

Religion and Public Life: A Faith-Based Partisan Divide, Pew Forum, Trends 2005

Small foundation Seeks Big Change, Union Democrat, January 21, 2005 (about Chalcedon, the foundation set up by Rushdooney, father of Christian Reconstructionism.)

Democrats Turn to Leader of Religious Left, New York Times, January 17, 2005

For the first time, the government is blocked from giving grants to a faith-based group, New York Times, January 16, 2005

TRUE BELIEVERS, New York Times, January 9, 2005

How much money for Faith-Based Initiative?, Washington Post, January 4, 2005

I Am A Conservative Christian, And The Religious Right Scares Me, Too
By Chuck Baldwin, December 17, 2004, December 24, 2004, Rabbi David Saperstein: Three challenges for Mainstream Jewry

UCC Smeared by Rightwing Agencies by Frederick Clarkson for DailyKos, Dec 11th, 2004 - looks at role of Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD)

Black Pentecostals oppose GOP, The Journal Gazette, November 27, 2004

Scalia To Synagogue - Jews Are Safer With Christians In Charge, from, December 2, 2004

Political Conversion of New York's Evanglicals, New York Times, November 14, 2004:

Liberal Christians Challenge 'Values Vote', Washington Post, November 10, 2004:

Faith at Work, New York Times, October 31, 2004


A Child Learns a Harsh Lesson in Politics, New York Times, February 5, 2005

Backers of Gay Marriage Ban Use Social Security As Cudgel, New York Times, January 25, 2005

The Price of Homophobia, New York Times, January 20, 2005

A New Target, SpongeBob SquarePant, New York Times, January 20, 2005

Maureen Dowd on Sponge Bob, New York Times, January 23, 2005

January 20, 2005, New York Times: The State Supreme Court of Louisianna unanimously reinstated a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage that a lower court judge struck down.

White House Again Backs Amendment on Gay Marriage, New York Times, January 17, 2005


United Methodists Move to Defrock Lesbian, New York Times, December 3, 2004

Love One Another? Not on ABC, NBC or CBS, The Nation, December, 2004

To view the UCC ad and visit their Accessible Airwaves campaign, click here.

Last updated: December-2004