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Separation of Church and State

Choosing Faith Over Freedom

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Government sponsorship of religion runs afoul of the First Amendment and should be strongly rejected by our legislature and our judicial system.

Atheist Claims Bald Knob Cross Funding Unconstitutional, Judge Disagrees

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – A 111-foot cross in southern Illinois is a religious symbol, but that doesn't mean the state legislature was wrong to fund part of it...

Jason Linkins

'In God We Trust' Reaffirmed By Congress With 9 Percent Approval | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

Was there some sort of nationwide epidemic of people no longer trusting in God that I somehow missed?

Jon Ward

Evangelicals Expect Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election | Jon Ward | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The loudest objections to Mitt Romney's Mormonism have not yet been raised, according to evangelical leaders and conservatives. One m...

'In God We Trust' Not Going Anywhere

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House on Tuesday passed a non-binding resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto. The measure sponsored by Rep....

Judge Romney on Policies, Not Faith

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Since Mitt Romney's faith has once again been injected into the national political discussion, it would behoove us to examine his personal religious values and beliefs as he himself has expressed them, rather than through the lens of stereotypes.

Church Or Jail Is No Option

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

No American should have to choose between invalidating their personal beliefs and going to jail. This choice is inhumane and discriminatory in addition to being unconstitutional.

On Separation of Church and State

Dan Bimrose | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

I am a proud unshakeable member of the Christian left, yet I find it amazing that many people refuse to accept this "crazy" notion that government has no role to play concerning religion.

Leaving God at the Door -- Why Michele Bachmann Needs to Reaffirm Kennedy's Promise

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Ami Fields-Meyer

Michelle Bachmann -- in the company of other right-wing presidential contenders like Gov. Rick Perry of Texas -- has created an illusion: Some of the necessary drawbacks of government, she presumes, can be solved by the infusion of religion.

Should Religion Impact Your Vote?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

In a society as religiously diverse as ours, faith labels may not be particularly informative. Yet, as a practical concern, shouldn't we explore foundational issues related to the faith of candidates?

Cows on the Beach: Exposing Our Political Shadows and Lessons on Sharing

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is true. There were cows on the beach -- on a beach of a deliciously gorgeous, multicultural, blue-violet-turquoise sea in Corsica, the French isla...

The Politics Of Jesus In 2012

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

My hope is that more and more progressive Christians will become engaged in the public square. But we should not replicate our efforts out of what the religious right has done.

Two Visions Of Faith: Competing For The Allegiance of A Nation

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

What people like Tony Perkins don't understand -- or choose to ignore -- is that his ability to practice his religion as he sees fit is a direct result of the hands-off approach that government has taken toward religion for the last 200 plus years

Judge Refuses Douglas County's Request For Stay

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 10.29.2011 | Denver

This morning Denver District Judge Michael Martinez rejected Douglas County's motion to stay injunction pending their appeal. Douglas County offici...

Separating Church & State: When Faith-Based Orgs Trump Civil Rights

Waymon Hudson | Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

Every day LGBT people around the country are forced into hostile situations with religious organizations providing public services or worse turned away from getting these tax-payer funded services altogether.

Catholic Charities Loses Same-Sex Adoption Fight In Illinois

Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption and foster care services w...

Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law

Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion

By Kent Faulk Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders have filed statements in federal court expressing their conce...

Inspiration Point To Lose Inspiration Of The Cross

Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion

Inspiration Point is about to lose its three inspiring points. The State of California intends to remove three crosses from the vista, which is ou...

Colorado School Vouchers Blocked, Were A 'Substantial Disservice,' Judge Says

AP | By KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.13.2011 | Education

DENVER -- A Denver judge blocked Colorado's first school voucher program Friday, calling the program to give parents in the state's wealthiest county ...

America Needs Religious Politicians

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

We want political leaders who care about religion, but, drawing on our traditions of church-state separation, we allow them to escape the implication of their own religious declarations.

Ten Commandments Fight Goes Another Round In Florida

AP | BRENT KALLESTAD | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion

CROSS CITY, Fla. — The folks who live in this sparsely populated rural region along Florida's upper west coast don't like outsiders butting in, ...

Army Agrees To Host Concert For Atheists

Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) A group of military atheists have won the backing of U.S. Army officials to hold a "Rock B...

Why It Matters Where You Pray

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 09.28.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

While every tradition I know of has notions of sacred space limited to the faithful, the parking garage rooftop on the N.Y. Thruway reminds us that there is also another kind of sacred space.

Joy Resmovits

Lawsuit: Florida Voucher Measure Misleads By Using Language Of Religious Freedom | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

Florida's largest teachers' union joined the American Civil Liberties Union and several rabbis and ministers seeking to halt a 2012 ballot measure the...

The Dalai Lama And The Separation Of Church And State In America

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

The separation of church and state is a major principle in American public life, one that the rest of the world acknowledges and -- as evinced by the Dalai Lama's recent remarks -- even admires.