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The Values Voter Summit Doesn’t Own God

I cringe as I listen to speeches invoking God’s name on behalf of political agendas.

‘But wasn’t the persecution of Christians predicted in the Bible?’

Aug. 26, 2013Bishop-General Macarius, sixth from left, a Coptic Orthodox leader, prays with residents at burnt and damaged Evangelical Church … Continued

God is opposed to food stamps? Let’s try an evidence-based approach to hunger instead.

More local produce coming soon to SNAP recipients in Michigan. (Jessica Tefft for The Washington Post) Recently, I wrote about … Continued

Report draws attention to Hindu hate crimes

With the release of their ninth annual report, members of the Hindu American Foundation are pushing policymakers to take action … Continued

How Muslims can stop the next terror attack

A mourner reacts during a candlelight vigil in the aftermath of Monday’s (Matt Rourke/AP ) A cacophony of pain and … Continued

The Jewish future seen through the eyes of an American statesman

AP American lawyer and IPRC (Immovable Property Review Conference) co-chairman Stuart E. Eizenstat talks to journalists in Prague, on Nov. … 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

Election 2012: Sex, lies and videotape

AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man fills out paper work to participate in the final day of early voting at the Lancaster … Continued

Q&A with pioneering Rabbi Miri Gold

WASHINGTON — Though they are not in the majority in Israel, Orthodox Jews control the country’s religious life. More liberal … 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

The problem with political prayer

REUTERS New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivers the closing benediction during … Continued

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land to retire after ethics probe

Richard Land, the man who became the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention on ethical and political issues for … 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

Combat bullying, but protect religious speech

After years of benign neglect – neglect that was anything but benign for the victims – bullying has finally moved … Continued

Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election

With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of … Continued

Catholic nuns group ‘stunned’ by Vatican slap

CHICAGO — A prominent U.S. Catholic nuns group said Thursday that it was “stunned” that the Vatican reprimanded it for … Continued

What atheist groups learned from the Christian Coalition

Clem Britt AP In this file photo, Rev. Pat Robertson, center, talks to attendees at a prayer breakfast at the … Continued

Franklin Graham meets with black church leaders

Religious leaders from the NAACP met with evangelist Franklin Graham Tuesday (March 20), less than a month after they accused … Continued

Experts challenge Santorum’s remarks linking college to faith loss

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s claim that U.S. colleges drive young Christians out of church is facing scrutiny … Continued

Would Gingrich be a Catholic president?

Andrew Burton GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (L) speaks at the Heartland … Continued