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The World According to Tim LaHaye: Chapter Six - The Council for National Policy, Talk To Action, July 31, 2006

Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock, New York Times, July 30, 2006

Onward Christian Soldiers, Dailykos, July 29, 2006

Warped Worldview Christian Reconstructionists Believe Democracy Is Heresy, Public Schools Are Satanic And Stoning Isn't Just For The Taliban Anymore - And They've Got More Influence Than You Think, Church and State, July/August, 2006

When the Parents Can't Know, New York Times, July 29, 2006

Families Challenging Religious Influence in Delaware Schools, New York Times, July 29, 2006

The Court Under Siege, New York Times, July 29, 2006

Americans United has compiled a very good guide to the Religious Right.

Church Militant: Ann Coulter on God, Faith, and Liberals The conservative pundit explains why liberals are 'godless' and why she considers herself a good Christian. beliefnet, July 27, 2006

Our motto risks becoming 'Over God we fight', First Amendment Center, July 23, 2006

Gubernatorial campaign in gutter? E-mail suggests it is GOP disavows anti-Strickland memo, but to a point, Columbus Dispatch, July 27, 2006

Republican tactics in Ohio echo political ploys of '04, Toledo Blade, July 23, 2006

Washington State Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage, Washington Post, July 27, 2006

Follow The Votes, Talk To Action, July 26, 2006 -- This article includes graphs showing how members of both policical parties have been voting in Congress. It reveals some interesting patterns.

New website -- Challenging Christian Zionism, Christians committed to Biblical Justice

Senate Removes Abortion Option for Young Girls, New York Times, July 26, 2006

Senate Passes Interstate Abortion Bill, The Associated Press, July 25, 2006

Bush Nomination for Mine Overseer Decried, The NewStandard, July 25, 2006 -- see my post, A Culture of Life or Death? on Talk To Action, July 19, 2006

'End times' religious groups want apocalypse sooner than later, and they're relying on high tech -- and red heifers -- to hasten its arrival. Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2006 -- we missed this one, but very relevant today

The Poor, Mistreated Pastors of the Renewal Groups, Talk To Action, July 25

HOLY TOLEDO Ohio's gubernatorial race tests the power of the Christian right, The New Yorker, Issue of 2006-07-31, Posted 2006-07-24

The Rise and Fall of Ralph Reed, Time Magazine, July 23, 2006

Baptist Group's Leaders Convicted: Investors Lost $585 Million, Washington Post, July 25, 2006

Mississippi Turning? Talk To Action, July 25, 2006

The World According to Tim LaHaye: Chapter Five, Talk To Action, July 24, 2006

Legal Group Says Bush Undermines Law by Ignoring Select Parts of Bills, New York Times, July 24, 2006

Christian Zionists Lobby Congress, Common Dreams, July 21, 2006

The Passion of the Embryos, Frank Rich, New York Times, July 23, 3006 -- includes good background information on Ralph Reed

Feeling Strains, Baptist Colleges Cut Church Ties, New York Times, July 22, 2006

The Dog Ate My Homework: Margaret Spellings Explains School Report Cover-Up, The Wall of Separation, July 21, 2006

Kids Kill In Violent Christian Videogame, Alternet, July 21, 2006

Battle Cry: Coming to a City Near You? Talk To Action, July 21, 2006

House Fails to Override Stem Cell Veto, Associated Press, July 20, 2006

The Pledge Protection Act, Talk To Action, July 20, 2006

Ralph Reed Loses; Christian Right Wins, Talk To Action, July 20, 2006

'Court-Stripping' Measure Jeopardizes The Constitutional Rights Of Religious Minorities, Americans United, July 19, 2006

House Meddles in A California Religious Dispute, Americans United, July 19, 2006

House passes Pledge of Allegiance shield: Approves measure meant to protect 'under God' phrase from activist judges, MSNBC News, July 19, 2006:

Opponents said the legislation, which would bar federal courts from ruling on the constitutional validity of the pledge, would undercut judicial independence and would deny access to federal courts to religious minorities seeking to defend their rights.

"We are making an all-out assault on the Constitution of the United States which, thank God, will fail," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Watch out Sandra! The House is at it again! Talk To Action, July 19, 2006

Proselytizing in Prison, Talk To Action, July 19, 2006

In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill, Washington Post, July 19, 2006

IRS Should Investigate Texas Church That Gave Donations To GOP, Americans United, July 19, 2006

A Culture of Life or Death? Talk To Action, July 19, 2006

Faith-Based Flaws: Federal Study Reveals Little Oversight Of Religious Social Services, The Wall of Separation, July 19, 2006

Report Faults Safeguards in Religion Program, New York Times, July 19, 2006

The Bush administration's program of financing social service initiatives run by religiously affiliated groups lacks adequate safeguards against religious discrimination and has yet to measure the performance of the groups, a new Congressional report says.

Bush Is Expected to Veto Stem Cell Bill Today, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Senate Roll Call Vote on Stem Cell Bill, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Republicans Propose National School Voucher Program, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Public vs. Private Schools, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Report Faults Safeguards in Religion Program, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Ralph Reed Loses Georgia Primary Race, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Ralph Reed Craps Out: Georgia Republicans Decide Not To Gamble On Former Christian Coalition Head, Wall of Separation, July 19, 2006

For Springs, domestic partnership an issue in dog days of summer, Rocky Mountain News, July 19, 2006

Federal Marriage Amendment Defeated, Americans United, July 18, 2006

Education Department Seeks To Bury Pro-Public Schools Report, Wall of Separation, July 18, 2006

Welfare Deformed,, July 18, 2006:

... under a mandate from Congress' Deficit Reduction Act-passed last year-HHS has acted to further restrict educational opportunity.

Gay Rights Group: Dobson Manipulated Data, New York Times, July 17, 2006

Pro-Israel Christians Lobby in Washington, NPR All Things Considered, July 17, 2006

The World According to Tim LaHaye: Chapter Four, Talk To Action, July 17, 2006

Feminists in Jackson Outnumber Operation Save America, A T r u t h o u t Report, July 17, 2006

Protesters Battle Over Mississippi Abortion Clinic, USA Today, July 16, 2006 (posted on Truthout)

Bush and God at another G-8 summit, Talk To Action, July 16, 2006

The Real Agenda, New York Times, July 16, 2006 (From Truthout)

According to the New York Times it is only now, nearly five years after Sept. 11, that the full picture of the Bush administration's response to the terror attacks is becoming clear. Much of it, we can see now, had far less to do with fighting Osama bin Laden than with expanding presidential power. Over and over again, the same pattern emerges: Given a choice between following the rules or carving out some unprecedented executive power, the White House always shrugged off the legal constraints.

The Further Adventures of a False Frame, Talk To Action, July 15, 2006 -- More on Obama's speech

Public Schools Perform Near Private Ones in Study, New York Times, July 15, 2006:

The report separated private schools by type and found that among private school students, those in Lutheran schools performed best, while those in conservative Christian schools did worst.

Evangelist arrested on federal charges, Pensecola News Journal, July 14, 2005:

A grand jury alleges that Kent Hovind failed to pay $473,818 in federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes on employees at his Creation Science Evangelism/Ministry between March 31, 2001, and Jan. 31, 2004.

Religious Leaders Quit Katrina Fund Panel, The Ledger, July 14, 2006 -- The approach is typical of the way the Bush administration has been giving faith-based monies:

Departing members of the interfaith advisory committee say the fund's Washington staff disregarded their advice, cutting checks for Gulf Coast churches without properly investigating the institutions.

Questioning Reed's Deeds: Religious Right Powerbroker Sued By Texas Tribe, Wall of Separation, July 13, 2006

Christian Right Wrong On Gay Marriage in Massachusetts, Talk To Action, July 13, 2006 -- An interesting discussion of emergent trends depicting healthy families. The family is apparently healthier in the states that don't have anti-gay marriage statutes.

House Bill Would Eliminate Most Regulatory Functions Of Federal Government, Talk To Action, July 12, 2006

The World According to Tim LaHaye: Chapter Three, Talk To Action, July 11, 2006

The Lure of Theocracy: As we flee decadence, we must watch where we step, Christianity Today, July 10, 2006

Proposal to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Renews Old Battles, New York Times, July 11, 2006 -- Massachusettes is the only state in which same-sex marriage is legal:

At a constitutional convention on Wednesday, more than two years after the first gay and lesbian couples took their wedding vows, legislators will consider a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. If a quarter of the legislators approve it this year and once more before 2008, the amendment will be presented to voters in November 2008.

Bringing the Church to the Courtroom: Christian Group Becomes Force in Major Legal Battles, Washington Post, July 10, 2006 -- This is about the Alliance Defense Fund which spends about $20 million dollars a year to advance dominionism in the courts.

Center Stage for a Pastor Where It's Rock That Usually Rules, The New York Times, July 8, 2006

The Top 10 Power Brokers of the Religious Right, Church and State, Posted on Alternet July 7, 2006

Hostility Toward Minority Faiths Increasing, Talk To Action, July 7, 2006

A Peach of a Scandal in Georgia By Garrison Keillor, The Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2006 -- about Ralph Reed

The Campaign for Abstinence Hits a Dead End on HPV, Slate, July 3, 2006

Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part III, Dailykos, July 6, 2006
Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part II, Dailykos, June 29, 2006
Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part I, Dailykos, June 21, 2006

Lady Liberty Trades In Some Trappings, New York Times, July 5, 2006

Was Thomas Jefferson a Christian Nationalist? Talk To Action, July 5, 2006

Jewish Family Flees Delaware Town: Stop The ACLU Coalition Director "Pleased" By Outcome, Talk To Action, July 5, 2006

Fallen Soldier Gets a Bronze Star but No Pagan Star, Washington Post, July 4, 2006

True Patriot Pastors Declare Independence, Talk To Action, July 4, 2006

Barack Obama Steps In It, Talk To Action, July 2, 2006 -- This article criticizes the very frame that many religious progressives have internalized:

The religious right frames much of how they view politics in America as a struggle in America between Christianity and secular humanism; between faith and no faith; between religiosity and secularism.


What is remarkable is that this basic frame has been internalized and propagated by many people who are unaffiliated  with the religious right. Indeed it has been actively promoted by one of the leaders of the the revival of what is calling itself the religious left -- Jim Wallis.


Last updated: July-2006