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What Presidents Really Believe about God

Historian Michael Beschloss explores the differences between what presidents say about religion and what they actually believe.

Rep. Walter Jones: Dick Cheney probably going to hell for Iraq War policy

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Congress will not hold anyone to blame [for America’s wars in the Middle East]. Lyndon Johnson’s … Continued

Why Pat Robertson’s pot plan is a (bong) pipe dream

Pat Robertson should stick to television evangelism.  His recent pitch to legalize marijuana and make it as available as alcoholic … Continued

Pat Robertson: ‘Don’t take extremism to extremes’

Clem Britt AP In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 file picture, Rev. Pat Robertson talks to attendees at a prayer … Continued

Every secular vote must be counted in this election

The dramatic year 1968, when I cast my first unhappy presidential vote for Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, was also the … Continued

OYL! — Corruption, the Spirit, the Earth and us

Three months! — and it is even clearer now we are facing not an oil “spill” in the Gulf, the … Continued

From Eden to the Gulf: Abundance, greed and disaster

Just as the oil blowout in the Gulf grew from Big Oil’s unwillingness to restrain itself from gobbling up even … Continued

Pray in the Spirit (Not the Name) of Jesus

I favor having a prayer at the presidential inauguration ceremony, but such prayers should be as inclusive as possible. The … Continued

On The Unreliability of Compassion Without Enforceable Law

Let me say first that I am unequivocally in favor of compassion. But Karen Armstrong’s proposal that the world should … Continued

We All Earned the Puppy

On election night, after Barack Obama made his acceptance speech, I was filled with too much excitement and elation to … Continued

Whose Religious Extremists?

Lyndon Johnson once said of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: “It’s probably better to have him inside the tent p–ing … Continued

Pulpit Initiative About Freedom, not Politics

The purpose of the Alliance Defense Fund’s Pulpit Initiative is to restore the right of pastors to speak freely from … Continued

King, Moses and Midrash

Death and Resurrection? Christian theology, of course, centers on that rhythm. Traditional Jewish prayer books also praise the God Who … Continued

Fervor Can Move Us or Manipulate Us

Obama does elicit fervor. Is fervor somehow considered to be a mark of religion? Perhaps it is for some, but … Continued

Ask What They Believe AND How They Would Apply It

I think it’s fair to inquire about a candidate’s faith, but we should pay careful attention to the answers. I … Continued

Ecumenical Democrats

During most of the 20th century, the Democratic Party was made up of Catholics and Jews in the Northeast and … Continued

What We Tend to Forget on Memorial Day

Little is known about when or where the first Memorial Day was observed. In the mid-1860s, Union and Confederate women … Continued