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Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We would do well to tread cautiously in how much authority we give the government to criminalize free speech activities and chill what has become a vital free speech forum. If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to drift toward fear, repression, and violence.

Heaven Help Us: The Public Prayer Debate

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Whether a "ceremonial" prayer is really required to open a government meeting, yet alone makes any difference, seems a rather unimportant question given the serious challenges we face in this country these days but it does invite us to reflect on what is happening with regard to the separation of church and state -- one of the great innovations in governing.

Hinduism in the Public Square

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The contemporary public square is not to be thought of as " my square," or " your square," but as "our square." Excluding voices in the public sphere, done in the name of religion or secularism, guarantees that the public square will not be a place where the common good can be pursued in earnest.

Santorum, Cardinal Dolan And The Tinfoil Hat: Who Gets Into The Public Square?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

Santorum and Dolan are at least right on one point. No one should be saying that religious people can't participate in the public square. The reality is, however, the public square has a cacophony of voices.

Dear Religious (And Sane) America

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

HuffPost Religion hopes to offer a sane middle way for people who wish to approach religion with both heart and mind, and who believe we can have disagreements without demonization.