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Church and State

The Mt. Soledad Cross and the Religious Case for Secularization

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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...

Christian Hypocrisy In Examining The Words Of God And Politicians

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Generally speaking, when we like and support a candidate, we believe them and if we don't support a candidate, we find every way to discount their every claim as an utter lie.

The Religious Patriot And The Presidential Election

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

My argument and experience regarding the importance of communities of faith being political but not partisan. There is a significant difference. No religious institution should endorse or work against a candidate.

The Separation of Satan and State

James Moore | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
James Moore

If you are Jewish or Muslim or Hindu and pay taxes, why would you want to pay for buildings and public venues where Christians pray and you don't? Perry is no different than other Christian evangelicals and wants his belief system adopted by, not just all Americans, but the entire world.

LISTEN: Rick Perry Insists 'Satan Runs Across The World'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

Rick Perry criticized the separation of church and state Tuesday, saying "Satan" is the reason "people of faith should not be involved" with politics....

The Role of Satire, Snark And Sarcasm In Building Community

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

In no way am I above this, as I too have leaned on what I think is funny in order to take a swipe at someone with whom I disagree. It can be cathartic and, truthfully, when you hit a snark-homer, it feels awesome.