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What's New? January, 2006


Zero Degrees of Separation, Talk To Action, January 31, 2006

Trial Opens in Challenge to Law Over Teenage Sex, New York Times, January 31, 2006

Americans United Deplores Senate Confirmation Of Alito To High Court, Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Religious Right gets ABC to pull show, Talk To Action, January 31, 2006

In Alito, G.O.P. Reaps Harvest Planted in '82, New York Times, January 30, 2006

5 States Consider Bans On Protests at Funerals, Proposals Aimed at Anti-Gay Demonstrations, Washington Post, January 30, 2006

That Which We Call Renewal Groups, Talk To Action, January 30, 2006

Ralph Reed: How to Organize When You're Down (But a Long Way from Out) , Talk To Action, January 30, 2006

Religious groups cash in on AIDS, Talk To Action, January 30, 2006

Religious Groups Get Chunk of AIDS Money,, January 30, 2006

Michael Moore: Michigan Needs You To Fight the Religious Right, Talk To Action, January 28, 2006 - Dick DeVos of Amway, a big financier of the Religious Right, is running for Governor of Michigan..

Democrats in 2 Southern States Push Bills on Bible Study, New York Times, January 27, 2006

More churches stand up to Ohio dominionists!, Talk To Action, January 27, 2006

The Myth of Christian America, Talk To Action, January 26, 2006

God's Senator: Who would Jesus vote for? Meet Sam Brownback, Rolling Stone , by Jeff Sharlet, January 25, 2006

Theocracy, Eh? Pilgrim Harper brings the culture wars north, The Revealer, January 23 2006 -- This article was sent with the following email:

Here is an article detailing newly elected Canadian PM Harpers' theocratic agenda. Harper is almost certainly a stealth dominionist who wishes to copy Bush's formula for "success" up north.

In a speech given to The Canadian Alliance in 2003, and subsequently published on the website of the Christian Coalition International Canada , Harper outlined a plan to unite Canada's fractured conservative parties -- factions he identified as "neo-con" and "theo-con" -- into one coalition by focusing on issues of more concern to Burkean (or religious) conservatives, such as the effect of the welfare state on the family, the "spanking debates" over parents' rights to discipline their children as they saw fit (then a hot-button issue in Canada, after a state child-welfare agency had taken seven children from parents in the Church of God over accusations of excessive spanking), and a wealth of other culture war issues familiar to Americans: raising the age of sexual consent; traditional marriage; school vouchers; and other "family issues."

A Sad, Sad Day in Virginia History, Dailykos, January 25, 2006

The "Toronto Blessing" and Monday's elections in Canada. Are They Related?, Talk To Action, January 24, 2006

From Ghana: "Virginity Clubs" blame women for HIV, Talk To Action, January 24, 2006

Scalia, States Rights, and "Legitimate Medical Procedures", Talk To Action, January 23, 2006

As Ralph Reed's Crew Jumps Ship, He Baits His Hook with Cash, Talk To Action, January 23, 2006

Southern Baptist Conservatives Attack Each Other - Washington Post - January 21, 2006

Black Churches' Attitudes Toward Gay Parishioners Is Discussed at Conference, New York Times, January 21, 2006

Roe Anniversary: Networking to Take Our Rights, Talk To Action, January 21, 2006

Judge Strikes Down Maryland Ban on Gay Marriage, Canton Rep, January 21, 2006

Wayward Christian Soldiers, New York Times, January 20, 2006

Religious Bias and the Air Force, Talk To Action, January 20, 2006

Wake up, Neo! Pseudoscience, Fake History, and Baloney of Biblical Proportions, Talk To Action, January 20, 2006

Ken Blackwell Incites Christian Voters on Campaign Trail, Secular Americans Called 'Nazis,' Street Prophets, January 18, 2006

Tobias, abstinence booster, to head USAID, Talk To Action, January 19, 2006

Blind or Complicit?, Talk To Action, January 19, 2006

In 'Design' vs. Darwinism, Darwin Wins Point in Rome, New York Times, January 19, 2006

On Voting for Religious Values, Talk To Action, January 18, 2006

Someone to watch: Paul Hackett of Ohio, Talk To Action, January 18, 2006

Americans United Wins Showdown With Congress Over Public Funding Of California Missions, January 18, 2006

NYT gets it wrong on "crisis pregnancy centers", Talk To Action, January 17, 2006

Can Tax Tithes Sanctify the Odor of Mendacity?, Talk To Action, January 17, 2006

Christian Coalition sets agenda for 2006, Talk To Action, January 17, 2006

California School District Agrees To Drop Creationism Course, Settle Lawsuit, Americans United, January 17, 2006

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law, Washington Post, January 17, 2006 -- This is the ruling I've been waiting for. It represented an effort by dominionist lawmakers to misinterpret a federal statute so that they could iimpose a religious ideology on the rest of the country. Assuming Alito joins the Court, this case reveals the kind of Supreme Court we can probably expect until another justice is replaced. We can expect a solid block of Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito to support the goals of dominionists with Justice Kennedy emerging as the swing vote. In this case, he swung for Democracy.

In Ga., Abramoff Scandal Threatens a Political Ascendancy, Washington Post, January 16, 2006

Group Seeks I.R.S. Inquiry of Two Ohio Churches, New York Times, January 16, 2006

 From The Associated Press, January 14, 2006:

A group can sue the federal government over claims that President Bush's faith-based initiative is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, a federal appeals court ruled.

And yet more Abramoff/dominionist links Talk To Action, January 15, 2006

From Frank Rich Sunday's New York Times, January 15, 2006:

The Abramoff scandal's pious trappings are sui generis as well. They adhere to the Karl Rove playbook that wraps every hardball White House tactic in godliness and exploits "faith based" organizations as political machines to deliver the G.O.P.'s religious right base.

Preaching a Gospel of Wealth in a Glittery Market, New York, New York Times, January 15, 2006

Ralph Reed Sinking: GA GOP & Christian Right Too?, Talk To Action, January 14, 2006

Drive-Away Lesson: Persistence, Talk To Action, January 14, 2006

Evolution Sunday:

On 12 February 2006 hundreds of Christian churches from all portions of the country and a host of denominations will come together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. 

The SBC Gets Serious About Political Violence (and Gets Political Violence on Sirius), Talk To Action, January 13, 2006

Equipping Holy Warriors, Talk To Action, January 13, 2006

Virginia House Passes Marriage Amendment, Dailykos, January 13, 2006

Israelis' Anger at Evangelist May Delay Christian Center, New York Times, January 12, 2006

Abstinence-only sex-ed is indefensible, Talk To Action, January 12, 2006 -- This article contains graphs that reveal the rise of STDs and teen pregnancies, particularly in the Bible belt

Abramoff Scandal is Albatross for Ralph Reed, Talk To Action, January 12, 2006

Religious Freedom For All, TomPaine, January 11, 2005

Statements of faith: the new restrictive covenants, Talk To Action, January 10, 2006

Cult of Character, In These Times, January 9, 2006 -- How the 'secular' Character Training Institute is working to build evangelist Bill Gothard's vision of a First-Century Kingdom of God-one city, one state, one school board, one police force and one mind at a time.

Texas Taxes Spreading the "Pro-Life" Gospel, Talk To Action, January 10, 2006

Why The Religious Right Loves The Imperial Presidency, Talk To Action, January 10, 2006

Jack Abramoff & the Religious Right, Cont., Talk To Action, January 10, 2006

Quote from Justice Sunday III by Rev. Herbert Hoover Lusk II:

"Don't fool with the church because the church has buried many a critic, and all the critics that we have not buried, we're making funeral arrangements for them!"

Justice Sunday III: Hijacking the Liberty Bell, Talk to Action, january 9, 2006

Christian right sees judge as saviour of religious America, The Age, January 9, 2006

Fighting over religion in 2006: Deja vu all over again? First Amendment Center, January 8, 2006

Even Pat Robertson's Friends Are Wondering... New York Times, January 8, 2006

Among Evangelicals, A Kinship With Jews, Washington Post, January 8, 2006

Know Your Intelligent Design Creationists: Phillip Johnson, Dailykos, January 7, 2005

Under Fire, DeLay Steps Down, The Associated Press, January 7, 2006 (Remember, DeLay embodies government by divine guidance):

He [God] is using me, all the time, everywhere, to stand up for a biblical worldview in everything that I do and everywhere I am. He is training me. more

Let Us Prey, Salon, January 6, 2006

A Disastrous Appointment, Salon, January 6, 2006:

Jack Abramoff and his deeply religious right-wing cronies express their "biblical worldview" by swindling Indian tribes and bribing legislators. Verily, mysterious are the ways of the Lord.

Even Before Alito Hearings, the Verdicts Are In, Washington Post, January 6, 2005

Race Baiting in Religious Right Anti-Abortion Movement, Talk To Action, January 6, 2006

Who Are Justice Sunday's Ministers of Minstrelsy? Talk To Action, January 6, 2006

Pat Robertson: Sharon Invited God's Wrath, People for the American Way, January 5, 2006 (Robertson's statement is a good example of Christian Zionist thinking)

Florida Strikes Down Nation's First Statewide Voucher Program, New York Times, January 5, 2006

Minister, a Bush Ally, Gives Church as Site for Alito Rally, New York Times, January 5, 2006 (This is about Justice Sunday III)

'Justice Sunday III' Pastor Has Received $1 Million In 'Faith-Based' Funds, Americans United, January 4, 2006:

Pastor Herb Lusk, the Philadelphia preacher hosting the Religious Right-led "Justice Sunday III" rally this weekend, has a long history of partisan activity on behalf of Republicans and has been awarded more than $1 million in "faith-based" grants by the Bush administration ...

Justice Sunday, all dressed up, Talk To Action, January 3, 2006

Black church summit on gay rights, Talk To Action, January 3, 2006

De-Funding the 'Contraceptive Mentality', Talk To Action, January 3, 2006

Nearer, My God, to the G.O.P. New York Times, January 2, 2006 - This article is an example of a scholar from the Heritage Foundation, a think tank founded by Republican strategist Paul Weyrich to advance the agenda of the Religious Right, turning reality upside down. The Christian Coalition took working control of the Republican Party in the 1990s and it has since become the party of theocracy.

Clinic Bombing Suspects Arrested in Shreveport, Talk To Action, January 1, 2006


Last updated: January-2005