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Separation of Church and State

Do Religious Organizations Receiving Federal Funds Have a Right to Use Religious Tests in Hiring?

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Steven Shiffrin

Last week 130 organizations wrote a letter to the President to complain about a 2007 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that a religious organization had the right under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to restrict its hiring to those who share the religion of the religious organization.

How Should Rhe Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.

Christian Faith Is Not a Campaign Strategy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Citizenship and Christianity are not the same thing, and, while, of course, people bring their religious convictions to the voting booth, the goal of Christians should not be to use the state to advance the goals of religion.

We May See the First Open Humanist Win a Congressional Election in 2016

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The potential election of Jamie Raskin to Congress will be history-making for many reasons, but some people, including some within the humanist community, can't seem to understand why it's important to identify openly while running for elected office.

Controversial New Painting of Separation of Church and State

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Seth Adam Smith

Jon McNaughton is a highly controversial artist -- to say the least. His paintings range from landscapes of the Italian countryside, to images of Jesus holding the Constitution or a nuclear bomb detonating behind President Obama while he plays golf.

Is It Easier for Religious Workers to Immigrate to America?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Much of what religious workers do is important work, including working for charities that assist those in need. So instead of seeking to abolish this religious fast-track to getting a visa or citizenship, let's expand it for all workers willing to engage in two years of continuous charitable work.

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."