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The Other Founding Fathers (and Mothers)

The seeds of American democracy were planted by the land’s true natives.

Love your faith? Then pay for it.

Some years ago, I lived in New Hampshire. I vividly remember two things about the state: The rock formation known … Continued

In Philadelphia parks, churches fight to feed the homeless

Church ministries have been feeding homeless people in Philadelphia’s public parks for decades – not as a charitable gesture, but … Continued

Exposing the infrastructure of anti-Muslim hate

By Frankie Martin The dismissal of Juan Williams’ from NPR once again exposes the difficulty America is having discussing Islam … Continued

The Constitution is not an idol

In battling the right-wing argument that the framers of the Constitution never intended to separate church and state because the … Continued

Pulpit fiction

By David Waters Dozens of defiant Christian ministers across the country defied IRS warnings and turned their sermons into partisan … Continued

An appeal by an Islamic scholar to Grand Ayatollah Khāmene’i of Iran

The following is a personal appeal by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni … Continued

George Washington: Founding role model

Dr. Peter A. Lillbackpresident, The Providence Forum and Westminster Seminary (Adapted from a commentary that first appeared in the Philadelphia … Continued

The Supreme Court and the American mind

Why are we asking if the religious composition of the United States Supreme Court should be more representative of America’s … Continued

U.S. foreign policy: mission, message, means

Should U.S. policy get religion? Comments on “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy,” issued by … Continued

The (religious) textbook wars

Who says the culture wars are over? Russell Shorto (who I had the pleasure of meeting recently in Amsterdam) just … Continued

Should a President be Religious or Spiritual?

In one sense, I think spirituality is more desirable in a president than religion alone, although I hasten to add … Continued

God’s Free Market

We tend to think of the supporters of separation of church and state as the liberals and the opponents as … Continued

Anti-American Patriotism

What would you think if I told you every high school kid in baggy pants was a drug dealer? Or … Continued

YES to the Prayer and the Protesters

“On Faith” is a serious game. It’s a GAME, a contrived microcosm of real life. Each week a Sally-and-Jon-shaped question … Continued

Faith In the Public Square

God, or at least an evocation of the Almighty, was there in the very beginning. In November 1800, on his … Continued

The Consummate American Holiday

Abraham Lincoln knew he was in tricky territory. It was the first week of October 1863, and the president was … Continued