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Separation of Church and State

Letter To A Trump Supporter #4: Barack Obama's Christian Faith

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the fourth in my series of "Letters to a Trump Supporter," from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Continuing our co...

Atheists Sue Pennsylvania House After Being Barred From Giving An Opening Invocation

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics

Over the past few years, leaders in the Pennsylvania state House have repeatedly maintained that only religious individuals are fit to deliver the ope...

Islamic Extremists Don't Have To Be Islamic Scholars

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Ronald A. Lindsay

Extensive knowledge of a religion's doctrines is not necessary to be committed to and motivated by a religious belief.

Church, State and the Utah Problem

Justin Utley | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Justin Utley

For years, the most common slogan on Utah license plates was simply, beautifully, "Greatest Snow on Earth." A few years ago, plates bearing the new S...

The Spirit of Thomas Becket Is Alive, And That's Bad News

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

It's not often that 800-year-old bones make the news. But the recent temporary transfer of a supposed bone fragment of Thomas Becket from Hungary to E...

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

An Atheist Gave A 'Prayer' At A City Council Meeting, And The World Didn't Collapse

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

Last week, members of the city council of Waterloo, Iowa, listened respectfully as an atheist offered them guidance according to his sincerely held be...

The Myths of Plymouth Rock

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

American schoolchildren learn that the Europeans who came to settle Plymouth colony did so for religious freedom. The implications of this story is t...

The UnChristian Quest for a Christian America

Lee C. Camp | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Some of the basic and elementary theological reasons the very notion of a "Christian America" is problematic (pat me on the back; I am restraining my language) include the following:

Tennessee Governor Vetoes Bible Bill

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) vetoed a bill that would have made the Bible his state's official book. On April 5, the state Senate voted 19-8 to appr...

Why Doesn't Religion Need Politics?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Political religion has much to lament. Politics interlaced with religious fervor, or religion intertwined with political fervor, invented many techniques for political oppression. The government of gods has been tried and has failed.

Religious Freedom (to Burn Our Own Wtches) - Song of the Week

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

I wrote a eulogy song for Jesse Helms (sixteen years before he died) which contained the lyric, "He carefully separated Church and State / One at seve...

School District To Distribute Satanic Literature To Students On April 1st

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics

Students in Delta, Colorado-area middle schools and high schools will be provided handouts of atheist and satanic literature on April 1, in a bid to p...

A Solution to the So-called 'Muslim Problem'

Wahab Raofi | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Wahab Raofi

I wish it truly were as simple as 1-2-3, but if the following three steps actually could be achieved, I think it would tilt us toward widespread peace and perhaps even save us from World War III.

What Donald Trump Doesn't Get About Religious Freedom

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

We cannot use the power given to us by the pulpit to compel our congregants to follow our political beliefs. We cannot commit our congregation's resources to pursue a partisan agenda.

7 Reasons Why the Church Needs Trump AND Bernie supporters

Craig Luekens | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

If there was ever a reminder we needed during this election season - and they seem to become longer and more obnoxious each cycle - it's this fact. Your political leader will not save you, and your political enemy will not damn you.

Can Hell Keep Politics Honest?

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 03.11.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

Religion's role in the public life of the United States has a complicated history, one that defies the easy generalizations that we see in popular media.

Shall We Gather at the VA Site -- and Respect the Constitution?

Lawrence B. Wilkerson | Posted 03.06.2016 | Politics
Lawrence B. Wilkerson

The removal of a Bible (King James Version of the New Testament?) from a POW/MIA "Missing Man" memorial table set up at an Ohio Veterans Administration (VA) clinic, on the face of it, seems a trivial act at best and an abridgement of Christian rights at worst.

Arizona Republicans Offended That Atheist Colleague Prayed For Them Without Invoking God

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics

Every time Arizona state Rep. Juan Mendez (D) shows up for work at the state Capitol, he can expect someone to ask him to seek the help of a higher po...

Christian Founders do not a Christian Nation Make

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

American political discourse regularly features the assertion that the United States was founded as a Christian Nation. The debate around this issue often pivots on the religious proclivities of the founders themselves.

Atheist Lawmaker Says He's Not Allowed To Lead Official Prayer

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

The very first right laid out in the First Amendment of the Constitution is not about speech, the press, peaceable assembly or petitioning the governm...

Phoenix City Council Votes To End Prayer Rather Than Let Satanists Lead It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

For decades, the Phoenix City Council has begun each meeting with an opening prayer. While those invocations were typically Christian, the tradition w...

Scientific Literacy, Religion and the Fate of the World

Mike Sandler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Science
Mike Sandler

The election year of 2016 will present opportunities to bring scientific literacy into the debates around climate change and more. The future of our democracy may depend on raising the level of scientific literacy, not only among the population of voters, but among the candidates.

New York Alliance Condemns Cuomo Mis-Education Budget

Alan Singer | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York State Alliance for Quality Education( AQE) condemns Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed education budget as "woefully inadequate." Cuomo req...

Atheist Group Files Suit To Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

A group of atheists seeking to drop the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency filed a federal lawsuit this week in Akron, Ohio, arguing the expr...