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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...

California Veterans Memorial Cross Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 4) a veterans' memorial featuring a 43-foot cross ...

The 10 Commandments 2.0: Modern Scholars' Response To The Laws of Moses

Moment Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Nearly 3,500 years ago, Exodus tells us, God inscribed the Ten Commandments onto two stone tablets for the Israelites. Although Jewish tradition count...

Mandatory U.S. Army Survey Says Non-Believers Unfit to Serve

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

Christianity is being pushed on our service men and women under the guise of "Spiritual Fitness," a clever term concocted by the military to flagrantly violate the Constitution.

Oregon Releases Policy For Religious Clothing At Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Melton The Oregonian (RNS) Oregon state officials released a policy on Wednesday (Dec. 8) intended to give school districts guidance i...

Judge Maintains Ruling Against Oklahoma Shariah Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) A federal judge on Monday (Nov. 29) issued a temporary injunction against an Oklahoma referendum that so...

Obama Clarifies Religious Liberty Protections, Strengthens Foundation Of Faith-Based Policy

K. Hollyn Hollman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
K. Hollyn Hollman

It was not fast and it did not finish the job, but the Obama administration's executive order clarifying policies on government partnerships with faith-based organizations is important.

Bounty Of Beliefs

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

Look around your tables this week and thank those of your friends and relatives who dare to be themselves, if they differ from you. It's a gift to differ.

Texas Bill Revives Debate Over 10 Commandments Displays

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Anna M. Tinsley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

State Rep. Dan Flynn hopes to ensure that any Texas teacher who wants to can display the Ten Commandments in a classroom....

Critics Blast Obama On Faith-Based Hiring Rules

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A day after ordering a host of changes to the White House's faith-based office, President O...

Obama Signs Order To Reform Faith-Based Office

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday (Nov. 17) that reforms the White House'...

Why Do Ken Buck and the Republican Taliban Hate America?

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Ken Buck, the Colorado Republican who thinks that gays are like alcoholics, said last year that he objected to a fundamental principle of American con...

Are You There Christine? Its Me (Not You), Michelle

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

There once was a girl named Christine She babbled quite like a pre-teen

Separation of Mosque and State

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pierre Omidyar

There is a growing tide of opinion in the US that religion and government should be intertwined. While faith plays an important role in encouraging morality and social cohesion, government-sponsored religion brings a whole host of problems.

The Separation Of Church And State In American Politics

Nomi M. Stolzenberg | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Nomi M. Stolzenberg

While there is broad agreement that the prohibition on state "establishment" of religion implies some sort of separation between religion and politics, it has always been open to interpretation just what form of separation is required.

Will You be Voting for a Resident of the Secretive C Street House in the 2010 General Election? (Slideshow)

Jeff Sharlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Sharlet

2010-10-26-Screenshot20101026at1.37.56PM.pngHere is my guide to the C Street men up for election.

Amanda Terkel

Ken Buck Disagrees With Separation Of Church And State

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Colorado Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck last year said he "strongly" disagrees with one of the bedrock prin...