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Letter to President Bush, May 19, 2003

Mr. President, it would be morally reprehensible
for the United States to be “evenhanded” between
democratic Israel, a reliable friend and ally that
shares our values, and the terrorist infested
Palestinian infrastructure that refuses to accept
the right of Israel to exist at all.


Homeland Security Enlists
Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial
Law Ever Declared

KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy
would help the government with potentially their
biggest problem: Us. For the clergy team, one of
the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm
the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself,
specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated,
"because the government's established by the Lord,
you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian
faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."



An Evangelical Coup in America's Military?
We are facing a national security threat in this
country that is every bit as significant in magnitude,
width and breadth internally as that presented externally
by the now-resurgent Taliban and Al Qaeda. And it is
the destruction of the U.S. constitutionally mandated
wall separating church and state, in the technologically
most lethal organization ever created by humankind,
which is our honorable and noble military.


Video, Report Details Evangelism
at Highest Levels of US Military

A report released publicly on Thursday by the Defense
Department's (DOD) inspector general has found
high-ranking Army and Air Force personnel violated
long-standing military regulations when they participated
in a promotional video for an evangelical Christian
organization while in uniform and on active duty.

The complaining letter to the Inspector General
of the Department of Defense can be read here. ]

To see the DOD Report, click here.



The New Civil Rights Focus:
Protecting Religion

Justice Dept. Reshapes Its Civil Rights Mission
By Neil A. Lewis
In recent years, the Bush administration has recast
the federal government’s role in civil rights by
aggressively pursuing religion-oriented cases
while significantly diminishing its involvement
in the traditional area of race.



Blackwell On Religious Liberty:
The Most Precious of Our Liberties

Our dominant indigenous form of persecution
is perversely legalistic. America was founded
on the principles of religious freedom. The First
Amendment to our Constitution protects freedom
of expression, and it was the Founders’ belief that
the most important and protected expression was
that of religious faith. However, the First Amendment
has now become an instrument of religious


Affidavit in Support of
the Ten Commandments
by David Barton



Dr. Dobson Helps Larry King
Understand 'Separation of Church and State'
Is Not in the Constitution

Reconstructionist Roy Moore Explains

In an interview turned history lesson, Dr. James
Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family,
helped talk-show host Larry King understand -- over his
protests -- that "separation of church and state" is not
found in the U.S. Constitution.



Interview With Dr. James Dobson

Aired November 22, 2006 - 21:00 ET

Tonight, sexual immorality in the church. Dr.
James Dobson's first face-to-face TV interview
on the gay sex and drug allegations that brought
down his close friend, Evangelical leader Ted Haggard.
And Dr. James Dobson's denial that the concept
of the separation of church and state exists in the
U.S. Constitution.


Restoring the Foundations:
Repealing Judicial Tyranny

By Dr. James Dobson

On August 28, 2003, Dr. Dobson was a keynote
speaker at the "Restore the Foundation" rally on
the steps of the state judicial building in Montgomery,
Ala. The following is an edited transcript of the
message he presented there:



James Madison on Separation
of Church and State

James Madison (1751-1836) is popularly known
as the "Father of the Constitution." More than
any other framer he is responsible for the content
and form of the First Amendment. His understanding
of federalism is the theoretical basis of our Constitution.
He served as President of the United States between


A Plea for Religious

by Roger Wiliams

First, that the blood of so many hundred
thousand souls of Protestants and Papists,
spilt in the wars of present and former ages,
for their respective consciences, is not required
nor accepted by Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace.
The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution


Isaac Backus
At the Congress in Philadelphia

Our real grievances are, that we, as well as our
fathers, have, from time to time, been taxed on
religious accounts where we were not represented;
and when we have sued for our rights, our causes
have been tried by interested judges.... Is not all
America now appealing to heaven against the
injustice of being taxed where we are not
represented, and against being judged by
men who are interested in getting away
our money? And will heaven approve of
your doing the same thing to your fellow


Isaac Backus:
A Portrait

Isaac Backus was born in a Connecticut farmhouse
in 1724. His family was Congregationalists and it
was that faith in which he was raised throughout
his formative years. Few people are allowed to live
during such important times as Isaac Backus was.
He was just reaching denominational stature as the
American Revolution began. Indeed, Backus’ thoughts
and beliefs can be seen echoed in much of the
Constitution and Bill of Rights.



An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty
Against the Oppressions of the Present Day

Isaac Backus (1773)

All acts of executive power in the civil state, are to
be performed in the name of the king or state
they belong to; while all our religious acts are
to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus; and
so are to be performed heartily as to the Lord,
and not unto men....But where is the officer that
will dare to come in the name of the Lord to
demand, and forcibly to take, a tax which was
imposed by the civil state! And can any man in
the light of truth, maintain his character as a
minister of Christ, if he is not contented with all
that Christ's name and influence will procure for him,
but will have recourse to the kings of the earth, to
force money from the people to support him under
the name of an embassador of the God of heaven!



A Brief Biography of
Roger Williams

by Sam Behling

Roger Williams, founder of Providence,
Rhode Island was born in London, England
about 1603. This is an estimated date as the
parish records of St. Sepulchre's Church where
he was christened were destroyed in the
Great London Fire in 1666.



The Most Important Church-State
Decision You Never Heard of: Everson at 60

By Rob Boston, Church and State

Television preacher Pat Robertson can barely contain
his anger when he talks about a 1947 Supreme Court
decision called Everson v. Board of Education.



David Barton's Distorted History

David Barton, a fundamentalist activist who makes
a living attacking separation of church and state.
Even though the book and videos are riddled
with factual errors, half truths and distortions,
they have become the weapons of choice for
Religious Right activists in their ongoing war
against separation of church and state.



David Barton Falsifies
American History

A symposium of five articles detailing the
false quotes with factual analysis and a
description of how the false statements
have become widely accepted by the
religious political right and in America's



Faith-Based Profits

After Texas exempted religious day care
centers and drug-treatment programs from
state licensing, a study found that the “alternatively
accredited” facilities had 10 times the rate of
abuse and neglect of the others, and several
were investigated. In 2001, the Texas Legislature,
no enemy of organized religion, did the right
thing and ended the exemption.



Toward a Medieval Model
The Constitution Restoration Act

Michael Peabody

Amid all the activity of a turbulent year,
many missed the March 3, 2005, filing of the
Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 (CRA) in
both houses of Congress (S. 520 and H.R. 1070).
If enacted, the CRA would effectively turn the
United States into a theocracy, in which the
arbitrary dictates of God—as interpreted or
discovered by a judge, politician, or bureaucrat—
would override the rule of law.



Scalia's Dissent in
McCreary County, Kentucky v.
American Civil Liberties
On displaying the Ten Commandments
In a pdf file.



Houses of Worship Free Speech
Restoration Act of 2005

HR 235 IH

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
to protect the religious free exercise and free
speech rights of churches and other houses of worship.



God’s Justice and Ours

May 2002
Antonin Scalia

Before proceeding to discuss the morality
of capital punishment, I want to make clear
that my views on the subject have nothing to
do with how I vote in capital cases that come
before the Supreme Court. That statement would
not be true if I subscribed to the conventional
fallacy that the Constitution is a “living document”
—that is, a text that means from age to age
whatever the society (or perhaps the Court)
thinks it ought to mean.



Christians Sue for the Right to Hate

Many codes intended to protect gays from
harassment are illegal, conservatives argue.
By Stephanie Simon
April 10, 2006

ATLANTA — Ruth Malhotra went to court last
month for the right to be intolerant. Malhotra says
her Christian faith compels her to speak out against
homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology,
where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down
others because of their sexual orientation. Malhotra
sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her
right to religious expression. So she's demanding
that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.


Pastors' Get-Out-the-Vote
Training Could Test Tax Rules

WASHINGTON, March 20 — Weeks after
the Internal Revenue Service announced a
crackdown on political activities by churches
and other tax-exempt organizations, a coalition
of nonprofit conservative groups is holding training
sessions to enlist Pennsylvania pastors in turning
out voters for the November elections.



I.R.S. Finds Sharp Increase
in Illegal Political Activity
The I.R.S. said yesterday that it saw a sharp
increase in prohibited political activity by charities
and churches in the last election cycle, a trend
that it aims to reverse as the country heads into
the midterm elections. The tax agency found
problems at three-quarters of the 82 organizations
it examined after having received complaints about
their political activities, according to a report the
Internal Revenue Service released. The infractions
included distributing materials that encouraged
people to vote for particular candidates and giving
cash to campaigns.


Click here to read the full IRS Report



Sect Allowed to Import Its
Hallucinogenic Tea

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 - A unanimous Supreme
Court decision on Tuesday gave a small
religious sect the right to keep importing an
hallucinogenic tea, central to its ritual observance,
that the government wants to ban as a
controlled substance under federal narcotics law.



Court Ruling Allows Challenge
to Bush's Faith Initiative
By Staff and Wire Reports
Jan 15, 2006, 05:29

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.

A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of
Appeals on Friday reinstated the lawsuit brought
by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group
claims Bush's program, which helps religious
organizations get government funding to provide
social services, violates the separation of church
and state.



Original Intent
Revisionist rhetoric notwithstanding,
the founders left God out of the
Constitution–and it wasn't an oversight.

Susan Jacoby
November/December 2005 Issue of Mother

When the Supreme Court, in one of its most important
decisions of 2005, ordered two Kentucky counties to
dismantle courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments,
Justice Antonin Scalia declared that the Court majority
was wrong because the nation's historical practices clearly
indicate that the Constitution permits "disregard of polytheists
and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits
the disregard of devout atheists."



Courts May Be Stripped on Pledge
By Alexander Bolton
House Republican leaders have plans to pass
legislation that would strip courts of their
jurisdiction to review cases.



How would Jesus Structure
Tax the Poor A Higher
Percentage than the Rich?
See Adam Cohen's
Report on Republican Governor
Bob Riley of Alabama



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