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For most Americans, gay equality trumps religious objections

Same-sex marriage supporter Vin Testa of the District waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Bill O’Leary / … Continued

Creationism and taxes in Louisiana

In 1785, the commonwealth of Virginia considered a bill that would fund “teachers of the Christian Religion.” James Madison, who … Continued

Are institutions Catholic enough?

The number of agencies calling themselves big-C “Catholic” will shrink. That is the inevitable result of De Caritate Ministranda , … Continued

Faith-based procrastination: Religious job bias in taxpayer-funded programs

No American should be denied a taxpayer-funded job because of what he or she believes about religion. Yet that’s exactly … Continued

Faith and the business of AIDS

Nikki Kahn THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 24: Aaron M. Laxton, joined a few thousand activists and protesters in … 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

A Catholic nullification doctrine?

The Department of Health and Human Services has accepted the medical opinion that contraception is a preventive health measure. That … Continued

Religious agencies and birth control

The Obama administration is about to draw a bright red line challenging Catholicism over what constitutes “religious activity.” Normally this … Continued

Guaranteed freedoms sometimes come into conflict

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Separation of church and health

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Hindu American community building

Our multiple identities are reflected through the lenses by which we are seen and how we see the world. May … Continued

Stupak, Casey, Pelosi: The all-Catholic winning team

The historic vote that made health-care reform into law ends a three-decades’ old anti-abortion strategy. The ground has shifted from … Continued

If you receive government funds you must follow the rules

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued

Keeping faith with faith-based initiative

By Melissa Rogersmember, Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships People interested in the church-state aspects of government partnerships with … Continued

Give the public money back

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued

Fathers Berrigan meet Joe McCarthy

The effort to torpedo the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the withdrawal from government financed foster care and the … Continued

When bishops play politics

They see themselves as crusaders for human rights–protectors of the innocent, the voiceless, and the powerless. After years of enduring … Continued

Proselytize away, just not on my tax nickel

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

When the Salvation Army enlists in the government

By David Waters Churches and other faith-based organizations that receive government funds, beware. In an agreement that will be enforced … Continued

Obama’s faith-based inertia

By David Waters Add government funding of faith-based programs to the list of Obama administration deficiencies identified by disaffected parties … Continued