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Sunday Schools: After Bronx Household of Faith v. Board

David Bloomfield | Posted 02.07.2012 | Education
David Bloomfield

By refusing the church's latest appeal in Bronx Household of Faith v. NYC Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a green light to the DOE's controversial ban on renting schools for religious services.

The "Psychological Projection" of the ACLJ

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

n an article yesterday on the ACLJ website, specifically going after Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), David French puts the 'poor bullied Christians' spin on the Pendleton cross controversy.

A Detrimental Influence: The Effect Religion Has on Laws

Camille Veselka | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Camille Veselka

In this day and age, when science can explain many aspects of the natural world, religion should simply be looked upon as a tradition or belief and not a science and certainly not a law.

Theocracy In America?

David N. Myers | Posted 02.03.2012 | Religion
David N. Myers

Kiryas Joel is a legally recognized municipality outside of New York City, whose population is made up almost entirely of members of the Satmar branch of Hasidic Judaism. It appears as an island of uniformity.

The Camp Pendleton Cross: The Facts vs. What the "Persecuted" Christians Are Saying

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Religious neutrality by the government does not equal persecution of Christians, no matter how many times FOX News and "Team Sekulow" keep claiming it does.

A Christian Gives Thanks That America Is Not A Christian Nation

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 01.24.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

As a Christian who does his best to take reason as seriously as I take faith, I find it impossible to understand America as a "Christian nation" -- and I believe that there are vibrant possibilities in the fact that it is not.

This Week In The Separation Of Church And State

Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion

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Our Father? The Religious Battle Over School Prayer

Neil J. Young | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Neil J. Young

The history of school prayer reveals that religious Americans have often been at the forefront of keeping prayer out of the nation's public schools.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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...