Re:Action December 2005

Re:Action December 2005
Resources for Getting Involved

Original Intent
Freethinkers
Susan Jacoby chronicles the history of American secularism, from the drafting of the Constitution onward (Metropolitan Books, 2004).
The Godless Constitution
Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore’s rebuttal of the religious right’s attempts to erode the church-state divide has just been republished (W.W. Norton & Company, 2005).
Americans United for Separation of
Church and State

Read up on the latest attempts to inject religion into public life and connect with activists in your area at au.org.

A Nation Under God
Fables of the Reconstruction
See what the Reconstructionists are up to online at Gary DeMar’s americanvision.org and the late R.J. Rushdoony’s chalcedon.edu.
Theocracywatch.org
News and spirited refutations of ultraright Christian activists, including the Reconstructionists, from the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University.

Professing Faith
Designinference.com

Intelligent Design proponent William Dembski’s website includes his account of the rise and fall of the Polanyi Center. 
Creationism’s Trojan Horse
Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross take a hard look at the new antievolution movement and its claims (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Rendering Unto God
The National Christian Foundation
Learn more about its efforts to “enable faithful stewards to give wisely to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ” at ncrp.org.

A Higher Frequency
Media Matters for America
The liberal media monitor listens to Salem
Radio Network so you don’t have to. Search its reports at mediamatters.org.

When My Light Is Almost Gone
National Baptist Convention
The nation’s oldest and largest African
American religious convention provides updates on Katrina relief efforts and information on ways you can still help at nationalbaptist.com.

Death Row Conversion
Religion and the Death Penalty
Read arguments by pundits, activists, religious ?gures, and politicians both for and against capital punishment (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004).
“A Guilty Man”
See Vince Beiser’s profile of a politician turned anti-death-penalty priest in the September/
October 2005 issue of Mother Jones.

Sanctus Santorum
Sites on Santorum
The senator’s foes are getting ready for the 2006 election at dumpsantorum.com, santorumwatch.org, and replacericksantorum.info.
Wal-Mart Watch
This big-box watchdog exhaustively catalogs the megastore’s sins at walmartwatch.com.

Godless Pride
Secular Coalition for America
Follow the godless lobby’s attempts to promote “secular government” and ?nd links to like-minded groups at secular.org.

A Killer’s Compassion
Compassion Magazine
Half of its revenues go into a college scholarship fund for family members of murder victims. Subscribe at compassionondeathrow.org.

A Prayer for W
Blessitt.com
On his rambling website, read about the good reverend’s travels around the world and his plans to shoot part of his cross into space.
Born-Again Bush
For more on the president’s higher calling, pick up David Aikman’s A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush (W. Publishing Group, 2004) and Stephen Mans?eld’s The Faith of George W. Bush (Tarcher, 2003).

The Roman Inquisition
DignityUSA
The nation’s biggest group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics wants acceptance inside the church. More at dignityusa.org.

Hyder Akbar
Come Back to Afghanistan
His memoir, cowritten with Susan Burton, was published in November (Bloomsbury USA).
“Teenage Embed”
Listen to Akbar’s tapes from Afghanistan at thisamericanlife.org.