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Separation of Church and State

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

Religion and State: School Vouchers and Clergy Parsonage

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

As a religious Jew deeply invested in Jewish education, it is obvious that I should have an inherent interest to advocate for government funding for religious education, but I feel that it corrodes other deeply cherished values of justice.

POLL: Should Houses Of Worship Display The American Flag?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.03.2014 | Religion

The question of whether houses of worship should display American flags is no small matter for some believers, regardless of which side they fall on. ...

The Free Exercise of Religion for Whom?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Monday's Supreme Court ruling that the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain does not have to provide all forms of birth control for its employees marks the ...

The Faux Faith of Congress

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

As some Americans admit that the religious beliefs of a candidate impact their vote, many politicians see no downside to embellishing the importance of their faith and engaging in religious preferentialism.

A Strange Decision of Same Sex Marriage

Richard Brand | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

This decision seems very much like the PCUSA is letting the state decide for it whether or not same sex marriages are acceptable.

Twisting Religious Liberty Into Religious Discrimination

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

When I spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing on the subject yesterday, I pointed out that if Hobby Lobby's attempt to distort religious liberty into a discrimination weapon is successful, it may have massive implications on the U.S. labor market and for religious rights in general.

Senate Unanimously Approves Prayer Plaque At War Memorial

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday (June 6), the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at...

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Public Schools' New Evangelical Mission

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

The financial struggles of Detroit and its schools are well-known -- yet hardly an isolated case. Schools are facing short funds and long odds in innumerable cities across the country and, frankly, can use all the help they can get.

'We Support The Separation Of Church And Hate' Sign Says It All

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion

The folks at Christ Lutheran Church have a very important message for us all. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; i...

The Last Lie of an Air Force Academy Cadet

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The oath of office is well-known and traces its heritage to Washington's oath written for the Continental Army. Unlike Washington's oath, however, this oath contains four final words: "So Help Me God."

The Supreme Trivialization of Prayer

Jim Burklo | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The surest way to weaken a religion is to get the government to endorse it.That may not have been the insight that led the founders of the United Stat...

Man Requests Satanic Prayer Before Town Council Meeting

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.09.2014 | Religion

Just three days after the Supreme Court ruled that sectarian legislative prayer was constitutional in Greece v. Galloway, a man in Deerfield Beach, Fl...

Supreme Court Wrong to Give Blessing on Public Prayer

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

There are hundreds of thousands of churches, mosques, temples and synagogues representing millions of members. Therefore, the separation of church and state is crucial to the protection of free religious exercise.

To Pray or Not to Pray: Is That the Question?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

To those in the minority, the exact group the separation of church and state was meant to protect, being required by our government to be subject to prayers to a God and faith in which they don't believe will never just feel ceremonial. Never.

It's All Greek to Me

Neil McCarthy | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

Justice Holmes once said that hard cases make bad law. Nowadays... So do easy ones.

Humanist Group Launches New Program In Response To Supreme Court's Prayer Ruling

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

In a swift reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Greece v. Galloway ruling on Monday, which established that opening prayers at local council meeting...

Upgrading From Prayer to Reason

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The first Thursday in May is a peculiar day for many Americans as it's a day set aside for government to intrude in their private religious practices. On May 1, the National Day of Prayer, government officials from city council to president ask citizens to join them in supplication.

GOP Candidate Says Christians Must Pull Their Kids Out Of 'Godless' Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

A South Carolina candidate for lieutenant governor thinks Christian parents should pull their children out of the “godless” and “pagan” public...

Majority Of U.S. Voters Think 'Generic' Government Prayer Is OK

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor pr...

My Easter

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Paula Gordon

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of 'Good Friday.' How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

Pandora's Box of Vouchers

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Besides the fact that vouchers drain the public education system of funds and deprive both students and teachers of vital civil rights protections, most of the tax dollars involved goes to private religious schools.

Freedom From Religion as a Civil Right

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

The separation of church and state in the U.S. constitution is more honored in the breach than in the observance.

Church Gets Banned From Worshipping In School

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest chapter of a long-running legal fight over separation of church and state, a federal appeals court again ruled on Thur...