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Judge in N.J. same-sex marriage case has deep Catholic roots

BAYONNE, N.J. — — The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, … Continued

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Nothing says ‘divisible’ like ‘under God’

Regardless of personal religious beliefs, students should learn about the importance of religious liberty and why it is threatened when the government endorses any religious view.

U.S. military should put religious freedom at the front

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is worried about the Pentagon budget, but there are much more serious issues he must deal … Continued

European court says U.K. equality laws trump personal religious beliefs

CANTERBURY, England — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (Jan. 15) ruled that equality laws trump personal religious … Continued

‘With Liberty and Justice for ALL’

AP The Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor of Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., speaks while the Rev. Al … Continued

Presidential scorecard by religiously unaffliated yields no ‘clear-cut option’

In October, the Secular Coalition for America released the 2012 Presidential Candidate Scorecard, which rates each of the presidential candidates … Continued

Biden and Ryan debate abortion and the role Catholicism plays in their positions

When Martha Raddatz asked Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Thursday night about their religion, it was … Continued

Guidelines seek line between free speech, bullying

WASHINGTON — When Sally tells Jimmy that he’s going to hell for believing in a false religion, is that Sally … Continued

Why Ross Douthat thinks we’re ‘a nation of heretics’

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn’t mince words in his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation … Continued

Obama’s prayer breakfast and the still small voice of the Religious Left

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign. Remember that young phenom who “rocked” the 2004 … Continued

Our Christian president and the people who cannot hear him

President Obama opened his National Prayer Breakfast remarks by saying, “I begin by giving all praise and honor to God … Continued

Michelle Duggar, feminist?

April L. Brown AP Then-Arkansas state Rep. Jim Bob Duggar of Springdale front center, and his wife Michelle, right, lead … Continued

On family planning, does the Catholic Church represent Catholics?

Riccardo De Luca AP Pope Benedict XVI leaves after an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, … Continued

Obama’s Easter prayer: ‘There’s something about the resurrection’

On the morning of April 19, 2011, President Obama hosted the second annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. “I wanted to host … Continued

The right and wrong place for personal religious views

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

A verdict on faith-based partnerships under Obama and Bush

“Obama stimulus pours millions into faith-based groups,” read the title of a December 3, 2010, Politico article. It reported that … Continued

Balancing faith with the Constitution

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

Nearly 20% believe Obama is Muslim: disturbing, not surprising

I wish it were as surprising as it is disturbing that nearly 20% of Americans now believe President Obama is … Continued

Religion should play no role in Supreme Court nomination

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

Religion is not the problem, but it can help ease the pain

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued