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Seperation of Church and State

When Hell Freezes Over

Adam Banner | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

In a move that has rankled many in this predominantly conservative Christian state, the Satanic Temple in New York has formally applied with the Oklahoma Capitol's grounds committee to build a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed depiction of Satan, in the state's capitol building.

Baby Jesus and the Beer Pole?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

It was six feet from the Nativity scene erected on government-owned property that three wise men appeared: a political blogger, an attorney, and a local pornography producer. They left behind a Festivus pole made of empty beer cans.

Why I Support the Ban On Worship In Public Schools

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

The New York Board of Education is right to oppose a bill that would authorize the use of public school buildings for religious worship. It is precisely because I believe in the central role of religion in America that I support this position.

Our Children's Education: Who Will Stand in the Gap when Politicians Act Like Absentee Dads?

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 08.15.2011 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

If we are truly going to do something to help children and families rise above the circumstance of poverty, it is critical that we help kids succeed in the classroom.

The Now Infamous Denver Nativity Scene: Is It Pushing Christianity or American Culture?

Weston Gentry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Weston Gentry

Anti-religious zealots begin to salivate about this same time every year. Their latest target is the Nativity scene that sits on the steps of the City and County Building in Denver.

God Crashes the Tea Party

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Where does America put God? Historically, there has always been tension between the separation of church and state. Nowhere is this tension more visible today than in the struggle for the political soul of the Tea Party.

Con Games: Church Beats State Near Aspen

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

A megachurch in my neighborhood I can live with, especially on private land. But a church holding services in a county buidling is like a stake by the state to the heart.

The Court's Cross to Bear

Jay Wexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Wexler

The government should surely honor our fallen war heroes, but erecting a massive, stand-alone symbol of Christian faith is not the way to do it.

Democracy, Religion and Proposition 8

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

From a strictly legal perspective, it is next to impossible for courts to enforce the separation of church and state in the context of laws like Proposition 8.

Four Lessons Gay Marriage Activists Must Learn From Obama

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

I am in total agreement with those who want gay marriage to be legal -- they are right. But being right isn't enough.

Roger Williams, the First Amendment and the Presidential Campaign

Lincoln Chafee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Chafee

It's hypocritical for the religious right to be hyperventilating over state-sponsored religion by Islamic extremists while gradually allowing the state to encroach on our "full liberty in religious concernments."