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Reading Pope Francis, seeing our own reflections

Let’s not miss the opportunity for seeing our faith in a new way by missing his point altogether.

A United States for nonbelievers?

JEWEL SAMAD AFP/GETTY IMAGES US President Barack Obama takes the oath of office in front of First Lady Michelle Obama … Continued

A holy impatience: Supreme Court must right a great wrong on marriage

GETTY IMAGES Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in … Continued

‘10 Commandments judge’ Roy Moore wins his old job back

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy Moore, forever known as Alabama’s Ten Commandments judge, has been re-elected chief justice in a triumphant … Continued

From Roman perch, American Cardinal Raymond Burke sparks controversy, exerts influence

VATICAN CITY — When some American Catholics worry that the hierarchy is tilting toward the Republican Party, or taking the … Continued

Affordable Care Act:

David Goldman AP Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday after … Continued

‘Ten Commandments Judge’ Roy Moore poised to return to Ala. court

MOBILE, Ala. — With 98 percent of state precincts counted, Roy Moore held on to 51 percent of the vote … Continued

10 Commandments judge seeks his old job back

MOBILE, Ala. — You might think a candidate’s ouster from the post he is seeking to regain would play a … Continued

Rep. Pelosi, conscience is more than a ‘thing’

MANDEL NGAN AFP/GETTY IMAGES House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during her weekly briefing November 17, 2011 in the … Continued

Gov. Robert Bentley: What Baptists thought

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) probably didn’t plan to kick off his inaugural term with a religious quarrel but he … Continued

Same-sex marriage is a fundamental right

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is far from alone in his bluntly stated opposition … Continued

America’s reputation rests on mosque’s test of religious freedom

A mosque near Ground Zero? Who’s going to pay for it? Where are they getting the money? This is the … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

Extra! Extra! Elena Kagan liked Thurgood Marshall

I really would like to know what Elena Kagan thinks about the separation of church and state, executive power, free … Continued

The Supreme Court vis-a-vis the Supreme Being (or not)

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Atheism and the death penalty

It was amusing to see both atheists and religious believers wrangling over biblical rationalizations for the death penalty in their … Continued

No religious test for office, including Supreme Court justice

I have been asked on several occasions both by members of the media and private individuals about whether I was … Continued

Church-state separation and a successor for Stevens

The retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens from the Supreme Court this June will be a sad day for all … Continued

Stevens a thoughtful, diligent jurist

At the end of this term, Justice John Paul Stevens will have served longer than any other justice, save his … Continued

Umpires, Perspective, and the Supreme Court

“Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge … Continued