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Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking

RNS () — A commission of religious leaders has called for clarity in churches’ ability to endorse candidates and issues … Continued

Brazilian evangelist has big plans for U.S.

NEW YORK — The apostle bellowed in Portuguese to a packed crowd in a rented Astoria, Queens, church. “Get out, … Continued

Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church politicking

A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches … Continued

Ancient wisdom for 21st century problems

RNS) In an attempt to make sense of the 2012 election and the unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal, I consulted … Continued

‘Nuns on the bus’ leader: Power to the people – below the poverty line

AP Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, speaks during a stop on the first day of a nine-state Nuns … Continued

‘Were we able to welcome a fellow Jew, a registered sex offender, to pray?’

A recent challenge in our synagogue made me recall a quote from Danish physicist Niels Bohr: “The opposite of a … Continued

What the campaigns should know about the religiously unaffiliated

REUTERS Voting signs sit outside the Licking County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting in Newark, … Continued

Pastors to challenge IRS over political endorsements, and they’re likely to get away with it

LOS ANGELES — In a matter of days, some 1,400 American pastors are planning to break the law. And they’re … Continued

Nixon’s Worst Watergate Legacy: The Politics of Hatred

President Nixon managed to destroy himself in the wake of Watergate, but the legacy he managed to leave had a much more unfortunate impact.

Mitt Romney’s Mormon milestone

View Photo Gallery: “The Mormon story is a quintessentially American tale,” writes On Faith columnist Lisa Miller. I’m feeling almost giddy, … Continued

‘The Avengers’: Good, evil and politics

Handout photo REUTERS “The Avengers” kicked off Hollywood’s summer 2012 season, the four-month period is dominated by superheroes, sequels and … Continued

Culture wars and actual wars: The GOP debate and bombing Iran

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former … Continued

Gingrich’s Catholic blind spots

Astrid Riecken FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Newt Gingrich, right, listens to the Most Reverend Richard B. Higgins, Auxiliary Bishop of … Continued

Egypt’s elections and the risky rule of God

ODD ANDERSEN AFP/GETTY IMAGES An Egyptian flag is placed next to the flag of the Freedom and Justice Party, founded … Continued

Rick Perry and the perils of sectarian religion in 2012

Melina Mara THE WASHINGTON POST Texas Governor and Republican candidate for the GOP Presidential spot, Rick Perry, spoke to a … Continued

In GOP race, public prayers seem more political than personal

Among the Republican candidates running for president in 2012, there’s been a whole lot of praying in public. Months before … Continued

Why religion will matter in 2012

After the release of our poll last week showing the impact of perceptions of religious differences on support for President … Continued

Obama’s Christian and Romney’s Mormon problem

TIM SLOAN AFP/GETTY IMAGES Former Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. While President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt … Continued

Serving God and Senate

By David Waters E.W. Jackson, a Virginian who identifies himself as the bishop of a nondemoninational church called Exodus Faith … Continued

Playing the fear card is very tempting to politicians

Religious issues, and Islam in particular, are likely to be exploited in this election season. While there may be a … Continued