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5 Things Everyone Should Know About America’s Religious History

Why we need to retell the American story.

Whatever happened to the wrath of God?

Talk about the “wrath of God” kindles all sorts of images in the minds of contemporary Americans. Some immediately think … Continued

God weeps: 27 children, staff killed in Conn. shooting

REUTERS President Obama speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., during a press briefing at … Continued

After divisive election, voters support balanced approach to budget crisis

The hotly contested and divisive 2012 election, which saw more negative advertising than any presidential electoral contest in American history, … Continued

The family man campaign

GETTY IMAGES Let us pause from one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in modern American history to contemplate an … Continued

Reid attacks Romney over faith

Harry Reid, senior Democrat in Congress and the most powerful Mormon politician in the country, made the charge Tuesday that … Continued

Pluralism and prejudice: How conflicts over religious pluralism reveal America’s new ‘Sacred Ground’

The only Protestant running for president in 2012 is President Obama, an American of both a racially and a religiously … Continued

Romney, Obamacare and Mormonism

Image courtesy of Businessweek First, the economy is in the toilet. The numbers get worse every day. We can’t see … Continued

Nixon’s Worst Watergate Legacy: The Politics of Hatred

President Nixon managed to destroy himself in the wake of Watergate, but the legacy he managed to leave had a much more unfortunate impact.

What Mormon women want

Carlos Osorio AP In this Feb. 28, 2012 photo, Ann Romney introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney … Continued

Marriage in the Bible: Love prevails?

For years, I have privately mused that the Bible is a problematic book. As the holy book for Christians, it … Continued

Love of neighbor in the 21st century: racial justice and LGBT equality

Kristoffer Tripplaar BLOOMBERG U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 15th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at the … Continued

For Mormons in Missouri, a time of healing

AP AP This photo released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shows a sealing room, where eternal … Continued

Was Santorum running for theologian-in-chief?

Rick Santorum has ended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. This is an historic moment. Santorum’s was possibly the … Continued

Santorum exits; cites campaign ‘miracle’

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a speech in which he … Continued

Why claims of conscience matter

Lest we forget, our Framers put religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, first on the list of fundamental rights protected … Continued

What JFK really said about separating church from state

John F. Kennedy’s address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960 — the speech that Rick Santorum … Continued

Is Romney Mormonism’s JFK?

After his successes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is two crucial steps closer to clinching the 2012 Republican … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Parodies of Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ ad: the gift that keeps on giving

Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-gay, anti-religious pluralism “Strong” adwhere he promises to “end “Obama’s war on religion” has generated more than … Continued