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Church and State

Separation of Church and State -- Part 2: The Tartuffe Factor

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.01.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

There was a second reason why the Founders feared that bringing religion into politics would have a divisive effect on our young nation -- the rise of political and religious opportunists, who would inflame political issues to further themselves.

Jody Hice: Taking Bibles Out Of Schools Led To 'Things Like Pedophilia' At Penn State

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

Republican Jody Hice, a conservative radio host and candidate for Georgia's 10th District, suggested the removal of the Bible and prayer from schools ...

Pseudo-Events Clash

Martin Marty | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

More than a half century ago, historian Daniel J. Boorstin -- a Ph.D. dissertation-adviser of mine -- taught us to distinguish between events and pseudo-events.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Justices Reject Appeal Over Graduations In Church

AP | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place a court decision that said public high school graduations in a church adorned with religious s...

The Mt. Soledad Cross and the Religious Case for Secularization

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

Those who are able to encounter the sacred through those symbols should join the voices of the protesters and call for a more secular state.

Geraldine Ferraro's Daughter Says Her Mother Would Have Loved The 'Gutsy' Wendy Davis

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

Donna Zaccaro, documentarian and daughter of Geraldine Ferraro, stopped by HuffPost Live Thursday to discuss her upcoming film about her mother's jour...

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

The Cross Must Come Down

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 12.13.2013 | Religion

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered that a war memorial cross atop a San Diego mountain be removed from federal property in 90 days but sai...

A New Understanding of Legislative Prayer

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

The problem is, of course, that such prayers seem an obvious affront to the governmental neutrality toward religion that Supreme Court precedent interpreting the Establishment Clause of the first amendment requires.

Keeping Church at Arm's Length From State

Ted N.C. Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ted N.C. Wilson

There's a difference between government allowing certain actions with which we might disagree on moral grounds... as opposed to compelling them. That is the fine line that is religious liberty.

Will Affordable Care Act's Alternative Medicine Coverage Establish Religion?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Critics question whether insurance should cover health-care treatments of questionable efficacy. There is potentially a bigger problem that few people have noticed -- the proverbial elephant in the room.

Lawyer Insists Yoga In School Is Religious And Confusing To Children

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.22.2013 | Religion

With public pressure to keep religion out of public schools, a new phenomenon is making life more complicated: yoga in schools. In July, Californi...

School Artwork Reads: "God Is Dead"

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion

One Georgia parent is very upset after viewing works of art displayed on her child's classroom wall that contain the phrase “God is dead.” Offi...

Should Religious Leaders Be Allowed To Endorse From The Pulpit

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A commission of religious leaders has called for clarity in churches’ ability to endorse candidates and issues from the pulpit without fear of...

Statehouse Holocaust Memorial Approved

AP | ANN SANNER | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A privately-funded Holocaust memorial is to be built on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse despite concerns from the head of an over...

Evangelicals Are Too Political and Other Myths

Skye Jethani | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

In the wake of the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings, evangelicals shouldn't only be investigating their view of marriage, sexuality, and politics, but also their perception of themselves and who is shaping it.

So Damn Superior: Parsing Partisan Politics

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.14.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Do both extreme conservatives and extreme liberals act more superior than moderates, or are conservative views alone linked to dogmatism and belief superiority?

Pussy Riot + The Russian Orthodox Church = It's Complicated

Scott MacDougall | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

When it comes to the relationship between Pussy Riot and the Russian Orthodox Church, it might not be true love, but it certainly isn't irreconcilable differences, just as most true and meaningful things tend to be.

WATCH: Church And State Finally Break Up

Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy

Separation of church and state is a heated issue in this country, but who knew all we needed to break them up was a cheesy 70s ballad? "Glee" star ...

Governor Orders Bibles Back To State Run Cabins

AP | KATE BRUMBACK and RUSS BYNUM | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion

ATLANTA -- When Ed Buckner and his family went to a north Georgia state park to celebrate his son's birthday, he was surprised and concerned to find B...

Religious Freedom, Meet Secularism: Your Best Ally

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Krattenmaker

Secularism is not about total godlessness. It is, more precisely, a model of church and state in which government is not under the control of a church authority, and no churches or individuals are having their religious practice and beliefs, or non-belief, dictated by the government.

ACLU Files Discrimination Suit

AP | Posted 03.09.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday against some of Puerto Rico's top police officials, accusing them of discriminating against an...

Napoleon and the Pope

William Dietrich | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

Napoleon had a penchant for making the sign of the cross at moments of stress or exasperation. But he was not a churchgoer, and regarded religion as a tool to control the masses, not an answer to life's mysteries. He also regarded papal approval as necessary for his own legitimacy.

GOP Governor Criticized Over Religious Rally

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is being criticized by a secular group for speaking at, and promoting, a religious rally Saturday in Topeka. American...