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The Christian Right Attacks Church-State Separation

This is the main page of our website's section on church-state separation. It contains topical features concerning church-state separation, which are listed immediately below. Additionally the church-state section includes pages devoted to major issues, such as government-sponsored prayer, or religious displays in public spaces, the Christian right's inroads into the U.S. military, faith-based funding, and privileged access of religious groups to prisons. As all our sections, this one includes a page on "how Jews see it." You'll find the complete list of pages by expanding the menu at the left.

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There's Still Christianity in the Public Schools?. Jewish students down South face aggressive proselytizing by their evangelical classmates and scant protection from their schools, reports Jan Jaben-Eilon. Some Jewish youth who lack a strong Jewish foundation have fallen prey to efforts to convert them. Go.

Cincinnati Jews and Christians "Stand Together" in Support of Israel. Cincinnati Jews and Christians sponsored an event to bring together Christians and Jewish supporters of Israel. The focus was on why the Jewish community should welcome Christian support. Go.

Messianic Jewish Groups Claim Rapid Growth. Most American Jewish organizations shun these quasi-Christians, although they embrace Christian Zionist organizations. However, the messianic groups are increasingly finding acceptance in Israel, where the lines are blurring between them and Christian Zionist groups. Go.

Christian Zionist's Night to Honor Israel in Albuquerque. The Jewish Federation of New Mexico partnered Christians United for Israel in a public event in Albuquerque featuring CUFI leader John Hagee and his high profile friend and supporter in the Jewish community, talk show host Dennis Prager. Go.

Victory in Delaware School District Case. The Supreme Court's refusal January 19th to hear a case about religion in public schools that JewsOnFirst has followed for years was a resounding victory for the Jewish "Doe" family in Delaware who brought the case, and for countless families across the country. Go.

Deconstructing the Bush Administration's Faith-based Initiatives. In an interview with that will be of particular interest to congregations, Prof. Robert Wineburg discusses how Bush officials re-directed $2.5 billion in social welfare funds from mainline religious agencies to local religious congregations and inexperienced faith-based agencies. Go.

Kentucky’s Ark Encounter. Avi Milgrom gives us a detailed look at the Ark Encounter, a planned $170 million, 800-acre creationism theme park, subsidized by state and local government funds. The nearby Creation Museum, a partner in the Ark Encounter project, hires only Christians. Go.

Denver Jews Force Federation to Withdraw Invitation to Rev. John Hagee. We talk with three local Jewish leaders about the Denver Allied Jewish Federation's "disinviting" Pastor John Hagee, who was to have keynoted a November dinner, and replacing him with David Brog (pictured), the CEO of Hagee's Christians United for Israel. Go.

Christian Zionist Leader Hagee and Rabbi Speak at Colorado Event. Rev. John Hagee and Orthodox Rabbi Selwyn Franklin spoke at a Colorado church's Night to Honor Israel on October 16th. A share of the collection plate was destined for the Ariel settlement on the West Bank. Go.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Terms Palestinian State Victory for "Jihadism". We have exclusive coverage of Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon's speech at a Christian Zionist program at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. The program was sponsored by the Jewish Federation, right-wing pro-Israel groups and Christian organizations. Go.

JewsOnFirst Reports on The Response. Blatant and repeated calls for Jews to accept Jesus punctuated Texas Governor Rick Perry’s August 6th Response revival meeting. There were also calls to redeem the United States for Jesus. Our eyewitness report has details. Go.

Inside CUFI's 2010 Washington "Summit". As in past years, JewsOnFirst has posted a report from inside the Washington DC conference of Christians United for Israel, the leading Christian Zionist organization. Go.

Inside CUFI's 2011 Washington "Summit". As in past years, JewsOnFirst is posting a report from inside the Washington DC conference of Christians United for Israel, the leading Christian Zionist organization. Big eyebrow-lifters this year were Glenn Beck's keynote speech and a CUFI board member's wife saying that dividing Jerusalem will delay the return of Jesus. Go.

A Muslim Community Center? Why Not?. We analyze the arguments, pro and con, in the fierce debate over Park51, the proposed Muslim community center near Ground Zero in the context of longstanding national conversations about the meaning of religious freedom and what sort of country we are and want to be. Go.

Doomsday Q & A. When the "Rapture" or "Doomsday" predicted for May 21st by fundamentalist preacher Harold Camping became national headline news, we thought it would be useful to explore the underlying dynamics of such events. We turned to John Hubers, a professor of Religion at Northwestern College in Orange, Iowa, who observed that "doomsday soothsayers" offer structure and certainty to followers whose ranks swell in times of uncertainty. Go.

Judge rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb ruled in a case against President Obama and the National Day of Prayer Task Force that the law is unconstitutional because it "...endorses prayer." We have posted case documents, including the deposition of Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family (pictured), who leads the Task Force. Go.

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Pastor John Hagee's Fixation on Iran: A Self-fulfilling Prophecy? We examine how the Christian Zionist leader's belief in the end times drives his hard-line political position on Iran, and ask: Is Hagee's Iran policy about Jewish safety? Or Christian Apocalypse? Go.

Pastor John Hagee's Preoccupation with the Jews. With narration by Ed Asner, our video shows a number of instances in which Christian Zionist leader Hagee's understanding of Jews and Judaism should give Jewish organizations that support him cause for concern. Go.

Campus Jewish group sponsors trailblazing forum on Christian Zionism. The complete recording of Christians, America, and the Holy Land -- Examining Christian Support for Israel, sponsored by the Chicago Friends of Israel at the University of Chicago. Go.

Iran and the End Times at Pastor John Hagee's 2008 Washington Summit. When John Hagee's organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held its July 2008 summit at the Washington DC Convention Center, reporters were inside and outside. This video shows some of what we saw and heard, despite CUFI's extraordinary efforts to shield the meeting from public scrutiny. Go.

Reports by JewsOnFirst on topics in the Church-State Separation section

  • Kentucky’s Ark Encounter
  • JewsOnFirst Reports on The Response
  • Deconstructing the Bush Administration's Faith-based Initiatives
  • Judge rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional
  • Anti-semitic attack on Mikey Weinstein's home; Jewish vet blamed for Iowa flood
  • Onward Christian Soldiers
  • Recorded conversation with Jeremy Hall and Mikey Weinstein
  • Explicit religious discrimination by Christian Right group that controls the National Day of Prayer
  • Another revisionist "Christian Nation" resolution introduced in Congress
  • Christian right does not have the brains to govern, a founder of movement says
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals lifts injunction against sectarian prayer in Indiana legislature
  • DOD Inspector-General finds officers' participation in Christian group's video inappropriate
  • Christian Right Gathering Honors Deposed Alabama Judge Roy Moore -- Under a Confederate Flag
  • Gen. William Boykin, who said "I knew my God was a real god and his was an idol" to retire from military
  • Documents Disparaging Judaism Found on Ft. Leavenworth Chaplains' Website
  • Newt Gingrich says that despite Falwell's death, it's still possible to convert whole nation
  • Watchdog groups force Army, Air Force to drop sponsorship of right-wing evangelical Christian event
  • Monica Goodling, graduate of Pat Robertson's law school, had control of Justice Department attorney hiring
  • National Day of Prayer Proves to Be a Subsidiary of Focus on the Family
  • Attorney General's "First Freedom" program cloaks lawyering for the Christian right
  • "People should not be forced to choose between their faiths and their jobs..."
  • Leader of fundamentalist Christian faculty group recorded disparaging investigation of religious coercion at Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Senate Chaplain withdraws from Christian nationalist conference
  • Indiana House Democratic leader wants sectarian prayer in chamber
  • Senior Army and Air Force officers appear in Christian Embassy video
  • Conversation with Rabbi Bruce Kahn, retired Navy chaplain
  • Incoming Democratic speaker of Indiana House also wants official prayer
  • House of Representatives passes bill dealing blow to Establishment Clause
  • Are We a Christian Nation?
  • Kansas Attorney General writes orders for a reelection campaign operation "in each church"
  • How Shall We Achieve God's Kingdom in a Democracy? Limits and Vision
  • Oklahoma Atheist Family Resists Right-wing Christian Regime, Prevails
  • Texas clergy organize to protect religious space
  • Hearings held on "Public Expression of Religion Act"
  • Jewish Organizations in Dialogue with Air Force on Chaplain Guidelines
  • Indiana House Speaker Bosma files appeal brief
  • Christianizers in the military
  • Jewish Women Lobby the Missouri Legislature on Church-State Issues
  • Book Review: Getting on Message
  • Kentucky Jewish leaders chide legislators for their preoccupation with religion
  • Amendment would have canceled the First Amendment
  • Navy's new chaplain guidelines favor pluralism
  • Joplin Jewish leaders voice concern about "Christian God" resolution
  • Jews On First Interviews Mikey Weinstein
  • Indiana Speaker alarms Jewish leaders by disparaging their numbers
  • Indiana House Speaker appeals order to stop sectarian prayers
  • Missouri legislative resolutions recognize a "Christian God," combine teaching "Judeo-Christian" history and patriotism
  • Rabbi's Book Warns of Imminent Christianization
  • Can the states establish a religion?

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