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What the Confederate Flag in Front of White House Says About Our Political Battles

This is the racist legacy of slavery and its aftermath, as typified in Civil War symbolism.

Remembering the revival on the National Mall

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP Hand clapping. Foot stomping. Shouts of “Amen!” and … Continued

Is King’s dream still alive?

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP The lead up to the 50 th anniversary … Continued

COMMENTARY: Moving backward on racial progress

SEWANEE, Tenn. — After passing through the Gothic campus of Sewanee: The University of the South, we came to an … Continued

After Trayvon Martin, African American pastors vow to be more than worship leaders

Hamil Harris Normally when Bishop Samuel Kelsey talks about sodas and candy in July it is in the context of … Continued

Speculation about Mandela’s fate seen as cultural taboo

JOHANNESBURG —  Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single … Continued

Hillary Clinton on Twitter: A loss of faith

There were two surprising things about Hillary Clinton’s first tweet. Clinton broke her Twitter silence this week with this bio: … Continued

Southern Baptists push for more black missionaries

Fred Luter had a lot of firsts in the last year: first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention; first … Continued

Dark-skinned Satan has a long history

Long before Obama became the nation’s first black president, white supremacist theologians in the late 1800s claimed the devil was black.

Has the time come for a pope of color?

When Catholicism’s cardinals meet in the Sistine Chapel to select a new pope, they will be surrounded by an explosion … Continued

Who’s in the running? 12 names to watch to become the next pope

Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden announcement that he would resign by the end of the month took the church and the … Continued

Newtown shooting prompts Obama to talk about God

“Let the little children come to me, Jesus said, and do not hinder them – for to such belongs the … Continued

From nuns to ‘nones,’ 10 ways religion shaped the news in 2012

WASHINGTON — From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in … Continued

Looking for emotional reaction among Mormons Tuesday? Don’t.

Remember the emotional faces and powerful words of African Americans four years ago, as the country was voting whether to … Continued

Black pastors move to counter new voter ID laws

African-American clergy are joining forces with civil rights groups to push for increased voter registration ahead of the November election, … Continued

Southern Baptists elect Fred Luter as first black president

NEW ORLEANS — Pointing heavenward and wiping away tears, the Rev. Fred Luter was elected Tuesday (June 19) as the … Continued

Southern Baptists’ Richard Land loses show, keeps job

A top Southern Baptist official who was accused of plagiarism in a radio segment that claimed civil rights leaders and … Continued

Mitt Romney’s Mormon milestone

View Photo Gallery: “The Mormon story is a quintessentially American tale,” writes On Faith columnist Lisa Miller. I’m feeling almost giddy, … Continued

Americans want their president to be ‘one of us’

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis

[Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a six-part series by Jim Wallis reflecting on the past two years … Continued