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A vision for a secular America

The Reason Rally is necessary because secular Americans want to restore the values of our nation’s founders. As one of … Continued

Pat Robertson: ‘Don’t take extremism to extremes’

Clem Britt AP In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 file picture, Rev. Pat Robertson talks to attendees at a prayer … Continued

The politics of ignorance: Election 2010

“I am you”–the now-famous line from Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell’s campaign ad–exemplifies the marketing of ignorance that lies … Continued

Every secular vote must be counted in this election

The dramatic year 1968, when I cast my first unhappy presidential vote for Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, was also the … Continued

Would you like some values with that tea?

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she … Continued

Herb tea party

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she … Continued

Civil war over health care?

Unless one relishes civil war, the events of the past week should be troubling regardless of how one feels about … Continued

Discussing politics and religion at the dinner table

Several years ago we had a screening and dinner party for C.C. Goldwater, the granddaughter of Barry. She had just … Continued

Rage, Racism And American Unreason

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

Losing Our American Way

By Norman LearTelevision producer In 1980 I had what I look back on now as a born-again-as-an-American moment. I heard … Continued

Obama Disappoints (Some) Catholics

Based on his first hundred days, President Obama has disappointed conservative Catholics who insisted he was (1) pro-abortion, (2) shared … Continued

Christian Right Left Behind, for Now

Returns are still coming in, but the Christian Right’s early reaction to Barack Obama’s election as president ranges from gracious … Continued

McCain’s Clarity vs. Obama’s Nuance

When I was little, I had a recurrent dream that there was a terrible earthquake. My father, his body a … Continued

Obama and the “Infanticide” Lie

“Obama” and “infanticide” are being matched in the latest venom eruption on hate-monger sites. For the record, Senator Obama did … Continued

Lies and Acceptable Lies

Of course presidents — and presidential candidates — should tell the truth. At the same time, there’s a certain amount … Continued

Our Pastor’s Keeper

Much has been made in the past week about the words of the Rev. Jeremiah A.Wright, Jr., Barack Obama’s former … Continued

Secularism: The New Taboo

What secular ideas? The very word “secular” has been demonized and written out of America’s acceptable political vocabulary. The Republican … Continued