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Faith and Evidence in the United States Congress

Number of mentions of “faith-based” and “evidence-based” in the Congressional Record from 2001-2012 (source beta.congress.gov):

H.R. 3745, Putting All of a Credit Union’s Eggs in the Collection Basket

There’s a saying that’s popular among credit unions: “not for profit, not for charity, but for service.” Most people know that credit unions are non-profit organizations that return all their proceeds to members, distinguishing them from banks, institutions whose goal is to extract profit from members as much possible. But credit unions are not supposed […]

Congressional Prayer Caucus Rejects National Fig Week

The 53 members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus have acted in accordance with their professed Biblical values this year. Not one of them has introduced or supported any legislation to recognize National Fig Week, November 1-7. This is consistent behavior, considering the Biblical condemnation of figs by Jesus of Nazareth in Mark 11 and Matthew […]

Maine Clergy Articulate Case for Same-Sex Marriage and the Separation of Church and State

Many citizens have stepped up to the mike today before a legislative committee hearing in Augusta, Maine, making cases for and against LD 1020, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. I have been most impressed by the words of Reverend Mark Worth and Rabbi Hillel Katzir. You can read the entire transcript […]

Obama Faith Based Disaster

Obama seems to think that he can use government power to juggle the favor of religious groups to his political advantage. That’s a dangerous game, and so far, Obama’s performance it looks like a disaster. […]

Obama Promise of Open Government Ends With Religious Programs

There is no place at all in any of the Obama Administration’s web sites at which citizens can find out about the activities of the Office of Government Religion and its “faith-based initiatives”. […]

Obama Government Religion Office Gets More Money Supporting Discrimination

Obama has not lifted a finger to end the religious discrimination. Obama has only given more government support to make the problem worse. […]

What Wasn’t In Barack Obama’s Speech

Keep your eye on the ball. There are some very important, and very disturbing, aspects in which the Obama Administration is not a change at all from the authoritarian, corrupt politics that were practiced under George W. Bush. […]

What Wasn't In Barack Obama's Speech

Keep your eye on the ball. There are some very important, and very disturbing, aspects in which the Obama Administration is not a change at all from the authoritarian, corrupt politics that were practiced under George W. Bush. […]

Obama Fundraising Slows Down: What Happens When You Disrespect Core Values

Well golly, gosh and gee whizzikers. Barack Obama is raising less money than his campaign expected. Apparently his fundraising stopped meeting expectations shortly after his primary victory in the early summer.

Hmm. Something else happened then, too. What was it? Hmm. I’ll remember any minute now…

… oh, right. Right after he secured a primary […]

Whether People Think Faith-Based Initiatives Work Better, or Whether They Actually Do?

During his religious interrogation of the presidential candidates, entrepreneurial evangelical pastor Rick Warren inserted his own opinion on subjects fairly frequently. Take, for instance, this utterance to a national audience watching via CNN and CSPAN:

A recent poll says 80% of Americans think faith-based organizations do a better job at community services than the […]