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Coming to the Supreme Court: the politics of public prayer

The constitutionality of legislative prayers returns to the Supreme Court after 30 years.

With prayer case, the Supreme Court goes to the heart of the First Amendment matter

When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, … Continued

Judge blocks holiday displays in Santa Monica after atheist-Christian spat

A federal judge on Monday (Nov. 19) denied a bid by churches to force city officials in Santa Monica, Calif., … Continued

Hindu-Americans elected to Congress

Marco Garcia AP Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, right, congratulates candidate Tulsi Gabbard after both women won their Hawaii Congressional district seats … Continued

Canadian man sues to stop ‘anguish’ of Lord’s Prayer

TORONTO — A Canadian man is suing his local government to stop the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer before council … Continued

First Amendment protects everybody’s religious freedom

Louisiana State Rep. Valarie Hodges used to be a big fan of school vouchers. “I liked the idea,” she explained, … Continued

Seventh-day Adventists file suit over door-to-door solicitations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Seventh-day Adventists have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two ordinances in an Alabama city … Continued

First lady: “No place better” for political issues than in church

First lady Michelle Obama held up the church as the place to deal with political issues and the catalyst for … Continued

Santa Monica park displays banned after atheist dispute

The city council of Santa Monica, Calif., has voted to halt unattended, private displays in a public park after a … Continued

Nonbelievers flex their political muscles

WASHINGTON — One of the biggest growth areas in political activism around religion is coming from an unlikely source: the … Continued

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

Muslims in the middle

Blasphemy: Impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things Anjum Naveed AP In this May 16, 2007 file photo, … Continued

A prayer for 9/11

Mark Lennihan AP World Trade Center construction workers hold hands during a prayer at a ceremony for the September 11 … Continued

MLK memorial ‘holy ground’ for many

Nikki Kahn THE WASHINGTON POST The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is shown in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 16, … Continued

John Galliano and Orange County protests: what motivates religious hate?

By Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby. This week, lauded Christian Dior designer John Galliano was fired for anti-Semitic comments he … Continued

After a summer of intolerance, LA leads the way

I used to get invited to speak with powerful people all over the world – government officials in Europe, university … Continued

Religion’s role in gay teen suffering

When I behold the callous reaction of some right-wing Christian fundamentalist leaders to the rash of bullying-related teen suicides, I … Continued

Can a Muslim woman lead prayer services?

Next week I will be in Washington DC to lead the services for Eid ul Adha, the holiday that marks … Continued

With a grain of salt (and light)

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

A question of sense and sensibility

Should there be a mosque near Ground Zero? The question about the mosque is not a religious question. It is … Continued