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Separation of Church and State

Air Force Leaders Hammer Helpless Subordinates With Evangelical 'Gospel Explosion'

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

This latest anti-Constitutional outrage comes to us from Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), host to the USAF's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW).

No, U.S. Air Force, There Is No Separation Between Standup Comedy and State

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Rodda

While being forced to promote beliefs contrary to their own is a made-up problem when it comes to military chaplains, it is actually a very real problem for other service members.

Who Called It 'Spiritual Rape' to Force Your Religion on Others? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Over the past two years, the term "spiritual rape," used by Mikey Weinstein to describe the unwanted and aggressive proselytizing of members of our military, has become one of the most popular go-to quotes in the world of fundamentalist Christian websites.

Pastor Flies Christian Flag Above American Flag To Protest Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

While South Carolina's bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from its State House grounds gains momentum, another flag is stirring debate in...

Jeb! 50 Shades of Religious Conviction

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Jeb! is secular sometimes, and faithful and devout at other times. It all depends on where he is and who he is talking to. 50 states allows for 50 shades of Jeb!'s religious conviction.

Nick Wing

Church And State Are Separate In The U.S., Except When They're Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

Any decent, red-blooded American politician loves the Constitution. It seems fair, then, to expect these politicians to respect the very first right e...

The Republicans are for Smaller Government Except...

Gerry Myers | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

While most Republicans think there is no role for government in job creation, some of our best Presidents have proven otherwise. FDR knew the importance of government when he created the New Deal that brought America out of a deep depression.

Church and State in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
John Feffer

Poland has one of the stricter laws on abortion in Europe. Abortion is illegal except if the life of the mother is at risk, the fetus has a major defect or the pregnancy is the result of a confirmed rape.

Reading Charlie Hebdo in Context

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Whether one enjoys Charlie Hebdo's cartoons or finds them offensive, George Orwell's words seem to capture the heart of the matter: "If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

Swingers Club Attempts To Rebrand As A Church

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

MADISON, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Tennessee developers blocked from building a sex club next door to a Christian school has found a loophole allowing...

Only Christians Should Apply? Ad Shows Public Schools Still Have Plenty to Learn

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

In America, we are not all Christian. We are Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, secular humanists, and so much more. Public schools should be a place to learn about many faiths instead of just one.

As Mainstream Religion Embraces Marriage Equality, The "Threat to Religious Liberty" Argument Crumbles

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

As the final Supreme Court showdown approaches, lingering resistance to marriage equality centers on the claim that affirming the freedom to marry for all Americans would somehow constitute an attack on religious liberty. Once and for all: Nonsense. Double nonsense.

Franklin Graham Is Still the Worst Thing to Happen to God in a While

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Inasmuch as President Obama has been more than clear about his Christian commitments, continuing to question his faith is merely a more socially acceptable way of calling him a liar.

Flower Power: National Security, Civil Rights, and the Washington Florist

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

At first glance, one can be forgiven for thinking that a floral arrangement for a gay wedding doesn't carry much significance for the essential national security of the United States of America.

In Alabama, It's The 1960s All Over Again

Brian Joyce | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Brian Joyce

For the state of Alabama, or any other state, to deny gay couples the equal protection of its laws simply because they're gay is not only wrong and immoral, it's arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. It's as simple as that.

Members Of Congress Participate In Faith Orientation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

Is there room for faith in politics, even with the separation of church and state? New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted a day-long “C...

Exceptionalism

Martin Marty | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

In his Dec. 30 Wall Street Journal column, William Galston makes a point that is appropriate to recall in this season and at a time when, as often before, some probably well-intentioned republican people and movements want to counter and destroy our unstable but creative covenant that makes room for secular and religious appeals and agencies alike.

Looking to Governor Cuomo: A Legacy on Religion and Public Life

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Noah Fitzgerel

While some see public office as a pulpit from which to act upon a normative set of religious ideals, the legacy of Governor Cuomo reminds us that others see public office as a means to enable Americans to thrive in their spirituality.

A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

No, U.S. Air Force Band, That Song You're Singing Is Not 'Greensleeves'

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Rodda

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force band has surprised a crowd with a "holiday flash mob," wowing an unsuspecting audience with over 100 Air Force Band instrumentalists and vocalists appearing out of nowhere and performing the most overtly religious "holiday" music possible.

Should Clergy Be Involved With Civil Marriage?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage? Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders...

Back-Door School Vouchers: What Money and Block Voting Buy

Alan Singer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Toward the end of the campaign, in a series of targeted, lightly publicized meetings, Cuomo's top legislative priority emerged. It is rewarding campaign donors and block voting by religious communities with a back-door school vouchers plan for private and religious schools.

Shadee Ashtari

Watchdog Group Hits Government Officials Donating Taxpayer Money To Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is challenging an Alabama county commission’s decision to allocate $3,000 in public funds to a local evangelica...

Rebecca Klein

These Biased Ideas Are Presented As Fact In Texas Curriculum Standards

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

The Texas School Board of Education is under renewed scrutiny as kids gear up to go back to classrooms that will use flawed textbooks. Starting thi...

Religion Unites and Divides

Martin Marty | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

We had no trouble finding war-level conflicts inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Gush Emunim in Israel, and other "sects" in conflicts where killing went on. Where were the matching stories in contemporary America?