By Dan LeDuc
Post religion editor
What is the relationship between God and government? President Obama’s new faith-based effort is a crucible for debate on that question: Which religious groups should get government dollars and what rules should their social programs have to follow? But that’s only one window on the passionate discussions going on around the nation about the role of religion in public life. Public money for cutting-edge reproductive technologies, whether religious businesspeople should be required to accommodate same-sex couples, abortion rights and restrictions and Christian evangelists in the military are among the contentious issues unfolding in our pluralistic nation.
This blog covers the news about these issues in Washington and in the rest of the country, not only in the halls of government and not only from pulpit, but across the lunch table and over the water cooler.
Jacqueline L. Salmon and Michelle Boorstein are the Post’s religion reporters, whose sources include some of the most influential voices on all sides of the ongoing discussion about the role of God in the public square. Both are veterans of the beat who regularly grace the front page of the Post with insightful stories about religion and society. Salmon also has experience covering family issues and philanthropy while Boorstein previously covered Virginia for the Post and East Africa for the Associated Press.
In this blog, they’ll specialize in the latest news on God in Government and want you to participate by sharing tips on anything from important church-state court cases in your community to examples of religious lobbying Americans should know about. Most of all, whether you’re a daily churchgoer, a spiritual nomad or a non-believer, they hope you’ll be engaged in the discussion.