Welton Gaddy

Author of more than 20 books, including "First Freedom First: A Citizen’s Guide to Protecting Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State," the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy leads the national non-partisan grassroots and educational organization Interfaith Alliance and serves as Pastor for Preaching and Worship at Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, Louisiana.

Stories by Welton Gaddy

Rep. King’s hearing is the wrong answer to the wrong question

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Freedom is universal

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Keep the focus on candidates’ capabilities, not their faith

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

Faith should inspire us and democracy should guide us

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Guaranteed freedoms sometimes come into conflict

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Balancing faith with the Constitution

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

Scriptures on homosexuality must be read in context

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

“No religious test” means no religious test

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

An issue of religious freedom – period
Great irony in outcry over Ground Zero mosque

Q: The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near … Continued

The evangelization of National Day of Prayer

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Pastors Must Relate to Their Congregations Honestly

Part eight of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

If you receive government funds you must follow the rules

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued

Foreign policy must respect, not exploit religion

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

No persecution

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

Religion on Fox: News or evangelism?

The picture on the television screen and the audio of reporter Brit Hume’s words struck me as contradictory. Just below … Continued

Fenty’s dangerous venue choice

My elation over the signing of Washington D.C.’s marriage equality bill was weakened only by the announcement that the ceremony … Continued

Public policy should be grounded in the Constitution, not scripture

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Religion has no official role in our military

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Hate is not a religious value

Q: Congress is expected to expand federal hate crimes laws to add “sexual orientation” to a list that already includes … Continued