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A speech that Katherine Harris gave to the Reclaiming America for Christ Conference last week. Posted on TheocracyWatch, March 31, 2006

Our Late, Great Public Schools, Talk To Action, March 31, 2006

Public Schools Outperform Private Ones, Conservative Christian Schools Rank Last Among Privates, Talk To Action, March 31, 2006

Faith, Values and the Christian Right in Ohio, Talk To Action, March 31, 2006

The Battle for the Mainline Churches,

Good Article on BattleCry in San Francisco, Planet Out, March 27, 2006

Redemption Among the Faithful, Washington Post, March 29, 2006 -- Report on the War on Christians Conference

Contraception in the Crosshairs, In These Times, March 29, 2006

Christian Wars, Talk To Action, March 29, 2006

Christ's Righteously Equipped Warriors, Talk To Action, March 28, 2006

JewsOnFirst: A new ally against dominionism, Talk To Action, March 29, 2006

STATE BANS ABSTINENCE PROGRAM, The Associated Press, March 28, 2006

Senator John McCain to Address Liberty Commencement Ceremony, Jerry Falwell's Liberty University Press Release, March 28, 2006 -- "American military hero and Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver the Commencement message at Liberty University on May 13 ..."

Are Christians Being Silenced? How about the United Church of Christ?, Talk To Action, March 28, 2006

BattleCry Event in San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 2006

Katherine Harris puts her faith in religion, Saint Petersburg Times, March 25, 2006

Allies in the Battle over the "Faith-Based Initiative", Talk To Action, March 24, 2006

Christian Right Conferences, Talk To Action, March 24, 2006

"THE BIBLE IS BACK!" - The Secret Life of The "Biblical Literacy Project", Talk To Action, March 23, 2006

In Bush we trust, By pandering to Christian zealots, Bush has come close to establishing a national religious party. But reality is crashing in. Salon, March 23, 06

Focus on The Hate, Talk To Action, March 23, 2006 -- this is about a stunningly twisted political ad that Focus on the Family has put out in Iowa.

Grants Flow To Bush Allies On Social Issues, Washington Post, March 22, 2006

Who Speaks for God?, Talk To Action, March 22, 2006

Pastors' Get-Out-the-Vote Training Could Test Tax Rules, New York Times, March 21, 2006

Talk To Action, March 21, 2006:

We have reached a point where theology--be it that which fuels the anti-birth control movement or that which fuels Republican foreign policy --trumps liberty, science, and health. That is a disaster! And it is a disaster that smolders as darkly as 9/11, Katrina, or the bungled Iraqi invasion with its crushing financial, human, diplomatic costs, because the Christianization of the American experiment is national in scope, multi-generational in consequence, and incalculably harmful to America's identity and character.

Political Irony Resurrected in Georgia, Talk to Action, March 20, 2006 -- about Ralph Reed's campaign for Lt. Governor of Georgia

The battle to ban birth control, Salon, March 20, 2006

The battle to ban birth control, Talk to Action, March 20, 2006

Writing American Theocracy, TPM Book Club, March 20, 2006

Stats, Lies, and the NYT Magazine: Falwell U. isn't #1 in debating. Not even close. Talk to Action, March 19, 2006

Time to stop hiding behind the Bible: Scripture seems to be taken literally only when it's convenient - such as with gay issues. Miami Herald, March 13, 2006

Easter Eggs and Equality Riders: The "hypocrisy and intellectual constipation of Bible literalists," Online Journal, March 15, 2006

Clear and Present Dangers, New York Times review of Kevin Phillips book, American Theocracy, March 19, 2006

War on Christians, Alternet, March 17, 2006:

According to the Revealer : "'The War on Christians' conference is coming to D.C., featuring a modified-A-list of conservative heavyweights organized by Vision America, including Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, Sen. John Cornyn, Phyllis Schlafly, Sen. Sam Brownback and Rep. Tom DeLay, as well as some Jews..."

New IRD President Is a Schismatic Presbyterian, Talk To Action, March 17, 2006: This informative article describes not only the Institute on Religion and Democracy,, but also the the Presbyterian Church in America:

[The new President] is an ordained as a mininister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).   PCA is a small, rightwing schism that broke with mainstream Presbyterianism in 1973 over the ordination of women and membership in the National Council of Churches. (Women are not allowed to be ministers or elders in the PCA to this day.)  

Review of Kevin Phillips book, American Theocracy, New York Times, March 17, 2006

US evangelicals warn Republicans, BBC News, March 17, 2006

'Activist Judges' targeted by state and federal laws, Talk To Action, March 17, 2006

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and
Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
, Scoop, March 16, 2006 -- Kevin Phillips new book

Death by "chastening rod", Talk To Action, March 16, 2006 -- This is a painfully sad article about dominionist child abuse manuels and Christian groups that are trying to stop it.

From the Kansas City Star, March 16, 2006:

The Missouri House voted Wednesday to ban state funding of contraceptives for low-income women and to prohibit state-funded programs from referring those women to other programs.

Pledges and Punishment by Esther Kaplan on Alternet, March 15, 2006:

The director of an HIV prevention program explains how the Christian Right's growing control over U.S. foreign aid policy may cost Indian prostitutes their lives.

Public Schools and the Culture War, Talk To Action, March 15, 2006

New Organization: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation:

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all
members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional
guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are
entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

"Worldview" Director Prepares Christian Students for Culture Wars, Agape Press, March 14, 2006

Why did J. Kenneth Blackwell seek, then hide, his association with super-rich extremists and e-voting magnates? Online Journal, March 14, 2006

Rev. John Thomas, President of the United Church of Christ, Denounces IRD Attacks on Churches, Talk To Action, March 14, 2006

US religious charities win $2.15bn in state grants, Talk To Action, March 14, 2006

Falwell's "Gracious Correction" emphatic : No, Jews Can't Get Into Heaven, Talk To Action, March 14, 2006

Robertson Remarks 'Throw Gasoline On Fire' Of Inter-Religious Tensions, Americans United, March 13, 2006

A Warning From South Dakota, New York Times, March 12, 2006

Former Bush Domestic Policy Head Claude Allen Charged in Shoplifting Scheme, Talk To Action, March 11, 2006

Nationally Syndicated Columnist Takes-on Faith-Based Bigotry, Talk To Action, March 10, 2006

Dobson Denials Echo Saint Peter, Talk To Action, March 10, 2006

Sandra Day O'Connor rips into GOP, DeLay, Cornyn, and warns of the "beginnings" of dictatorship, Daily News, March 10, 2006:

NPR's Nina Totenberg aired an amazing story this morning about a talk that just-resigned Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave at Georgetown University.

The President and the Scientists, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, posted March 6, issue of March 13, 2006

Bush Touts Grants to Religious Charities, The Associated Press, (Posted on Truthout) March 9, 2006

The New Religion-Friendly Democratic Party, Talk To Action, March 10, 2006

The SBC's Unconscionable Confession, Talk To Action, March 9, 2006

Clergy organize to fight Missouri state religion, Talk To Action, March 9, 2006

Americans United Criticizes Bush Push For 'Faith-Based' Funding, March 9, 2006:

A new administration report claims that $2.15 billion in tax aid was directed to faith-based groups for social services during the last fiscal year.

Ken Blackwell speaks at the Council for National Policy, Dailykos, March 8, 2006

The Framers and the Faithful: How modern evangelicals are ignoring their own history, Washington Monthly, April, 2006

Executive Order: Responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security with Respect to Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, The White House, March 8, 2006

Bush Orders Homeland Security To Help Religious Groups, Dailykos, March 8, 2006

From Talk To Action about the ad campaign launched by the Campaign to Defend the Constitution (DefCon) to focus attention in the mainstream media about the connection of leaders of the Christian Right to Jack Abramoff::

Campaign to Defend the Constitution (DefCon) launched an ad campaign on March 8, 2006, including a full-page ad in The New York Times that highlights what it calls hypocrisy over gambling by three religious right leaders -- Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition; Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition; and Dr. James Dobson, founder and head of Focus on the Family.

Southern Baptists and the Subjugation of Women, Talk To Action, March 8, 2006

Abramoff Splits the Christian Right, Talk To Action, March 7, 2006

When Would Jesus Bolt? Meet Randy Brinson, the advance guard of evangelicals leaving the GOP, The Washington Monthly, April, 2006

South Dakota Bans Abortion, Setting Up a Battle, New York Times, March 7, 2006

CSN, Christian LPFM Empire threatens to Self Destruct. But don't hold your breath., Talk To Action, March 7, 2006

Early Warning Signs, Talk To Action, March 7, 2006

South Dakota bans most abortions, Reuters, Mar 6, 2006

The AAC's ongoing Guerrilla War, Talk To Action, March 6, 2006

The Right Hand of Left ? : Michael Lerner's "First Amendment Fundamentalists", Talk To Action, March 6, 2006

E-mails undermine Reed claim, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 4, 2006 -- Ralph Reed, chief architect of the Christian Right's take-over of the Republican Party, a director of the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign, and champion of "moral values" is running for Lt. Governor of Georgia. It has become clear that his real values reflect the interests of high- powered corporate contributors.

Reports of Robertson's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated, Talk To Action, March 5, 2006

Resolutely Wrong: Missouri Legislators Proclaim 'Christian' Nation, Wall of Separation, March 3, 2006

Praise the Lord and Pass the Petition, Tom Dispatch, February 28, 2006 - "If you are waiting for a religious left to emerge to offset the power of the religious right, it may already be in your own neighborhood at a local church or synagogue."

Survey questions politicians on Jesus, Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, March 3, 2006

An email sent to TheocracyWatch about Missouri Resolution HCR 13

State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri's official religion, News 4, KMOV televsion station, St. Louis , March 3, 2006

Missouri Resolves to Destroy Religious Freedom, Talk To Action, March 3, 2006

What is the Role of the Church: Domination or Evangelization?, Talk To Action, March 3, 2006

How Southern Baptists Have Changed, Talk To Action, March 3, 2006

A quiet fifth anniversary for Bush's faith-based initiative, Media Transparency, March 2, 2005

Alito Wants to Meet With Dobson, Talk To Action, March 2, 2006

Alito Sends Dobson a Valentine, Talk To Action, March 2, 2006

When Politics Defeats Science, Washington Post, March 1, 2006 -- To quote -- "The former FDA official asks: When did adult access to contraception become so controversial?"

Will Southern Baptists Replace Public Schools?, Talk To Action, March 1, 2006

Alito Thank-You Letter To Religious Right Leader Is Grossly Inappropriate, Americans United, March 1, 2006


Last updated: March-2006