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A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

No, U.S. Air Force Band, That Song You're Singing Is Not 'Greensleeves'

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force band has surprised a crowd with a "holiday flash mob," wowing an unsuspecting audience with over 100 Air Force Band instrumentalists and vocalists appearing out of nowhere and performing the most overtly religious "holiday" music possible.

Should Clergy Be Involved With Civil Marriage?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage? Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders...

Back-Door School Vouchers: What Money and Block Voting Buy

Alan Singer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Toward the end of the campaign, in a series of targeted, lightly publicized meetings, Cuomo's top legislative priority emerged. It is rewarding campaign donors and block voting by religious communities with a back-door school vouchers plan for private and religious schools.

Shadee Ashtari

Watchdog Group Hits Government Officials Donating Taxpayer Money To Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is challenging an Alabama county commission’s decision to allocate $3,000 in public funds to a local evangelica...

Religion Unites and Divides

Martin Marty | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

We had no trouble finding war-level conflicts inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Gush Emunim in Israel, and other "sects" in conflicts where killing went on. Where were the matching stories in contemporary America?

US Air Force: God Has Already Decided Which DoD Contractors Will Get Contracts

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Well, it seems that when it comes to who will be awarded defense contracts, the Air Force has a message for potential bidders -- God has already decid...

Shadee Ashtari

Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion'

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a...

ISIS Beheadings and the American Separation of Church and State

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Richard T. Hughes

Americans who view a Christian establishment as a meaningful antidote to Islamic terror have already conceded the fight to the people they oppose since they would strip the United States of one of the most important pillars of American freedom.

GOP Lawmaker Stands By Claim That Islam Is 'A Cancer' In America

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett (R) has not shied away from the controversial, anti-Islam comments he's made both on Facebook and at rallies in the p...

Tennessee Cheerleaders Sidestep Their School's Prayer Ban

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

A group of Tennessee cheerleaders decided to bring prayer back to the football field. Oneida High School administrators instituted a moment of sile...

The Integration of Church and State

Michael LaMasa | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

Anyone that tells you that our founding fathers intended this country to be a Christian nation, frankly, has no idea what they are talking about.

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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...