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Separation of Church and State

Celebrating Reason on the National Day of Prayer

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

Our nation faces many serious problems, here at home and abroad. Although the gravity of these issues may drive many to prayer, the way we will actually solve them is through the application of reason.

Royal Wedding Emphasizes Church-State Ties

Posted 06.25.2011 | Religion

By Trevor Grundy Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England (RNS) When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey o...

Congressman Wants Citizens of ALL Religions to Reflect on the Ten Commandments (Redux)

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Well, it's that time of year once again -- time for some theocratic member of Congress to push for a resolution proclaiming the first weekend of May "Ten Commandments Weekend".

Group Says Park Service Stalling On Religious Displays

Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service A national alliance of public employees is accusing the National Park Service of "leadership paralysis" for ...

The Resolution For 'In God We Trust'

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not enough that "In God We Trust" appears on our currency and is listed as our national motto. Now, some want the phrase chiseled in court, at work and in our kids' schools.

Congress Considers "In God We Trust" ... But Who Is This God?

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

Twice in the last three decades, the Supreme Court has specifically identified that phrase as being void of substantive sacred meaning. If you are a believing monotheist, is that how you want God's name treated?

Legislation of Biblical Proportions: Can We Really Have an 'Academic' Study of the Bible in Public Schools?

Lee Jefferson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lee Jefferson

The representatives in both states are not as interested in developing critical thinkers as fomenting unquestioning believers sacrificed on the altar of creating good "character."

Will The Jefferson Bible Spark New Smithsonian Controversy?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The Smithsonian is about to get in hot water again. But partisans on either side of the debate would do well to consult the well worn book that Jefferson compiled by hand.

The Church Should Stay Out Of The Marriage Business

Tony Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tony Jones

What a strange thing it is in our culture that clergy, who would otherwise proudly proclaim their independence from the government, regularly act as agents of the state at wedding ceremonies.

Ground Zero Imam Champions Church-State Separation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The imam who has faced resistance for plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Z...

The Ten Politically Correct Commandments

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Gerdy

I've tried to make something that could hang in our schools and government buildings without creating mass hysteria.

One Pastor's Opinion On Why The Government Should Get Out Of The Marriage Business

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

And while I applaud President Obama's recent decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, I for one believe that the government should get out of the marriage business all together.

A Possible Compromise on the Gay Marriage Controversy

Tony Campolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Campolo

Doesn't it seem inconsistent that during a highly religious marriage ceremony, I should have to turn the church into a place where government business is conducted? Isn't this a conflict?

Creationism In Texas: A Bit Of Good News Followed By A Ton Of Bad

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It's frightening that these are the "experts" the Texas State Board of Education wants to review science materials. Their positions are well beyond non-science and have entered the realm of nonsense.

Don't Pass Me The Plate For Your Church's Upkeep

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Barry Lynn

The fact is, many American churches are historic. Are we going to put them all on the taxpayers' bill?

U.S. Army Christian Flag Folding Ceremony Shows Official Sanction Of Church-State Violations

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

The military has gone to great lengths to insist that spiritual fitness is not a religious concept. But the cumulative message is clear: Spiritual fitness is about being a good Christian.

Choosing Naivete About Egypt

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If Americans are so "exceptional," do we need to examine whether or not the stated values of American society are being lived at all?

Judge's Ten Commandments Poster Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) An Ohio county court judge who argued that it was his First Amendment right to hang a poster about the...

Air Force Academy Speaker Thinks USMC Means 'United States Marines For Christ'

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, supported by a number of other organizations, has demanded that the Academy choose a more appropriate and inclusive speaker for this event.

Cash-Strapped Cities Look To Tax Churches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) When a community needs to rebuild crumbling roads, should houses of worship pay fees for the number of...

Soldiers Forced To See Chaplain After Failing Spiritual Fitness Test

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

This mandatory online test is part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, a program that puts spiritual fitness on par with physical and mental fitness.

Alabama Governor Says Only Christians Are His 'Brothers And Sisters'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By David White The Birmingham News MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said he plans to be the governor of all Alabamians and...

Bus Stop Evangelist Taken To Court

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Matt Miller Religion News Service HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Should a street preacher be banned from approaching students at a bus stop? Dauphin County, ...

The Myths Of American Religious Freedom

David Sehat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Sehat

Rather than advancing the same tired myths, which result in gridlock and falsity in public debate, it is time that we stopped celebrating ourselves and started looking seriously at our past.

Evangelical Finance Probe Concluded by Senator

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has concluded a three-year probe into alleged lavish spending at...