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COMMENTARY: Stepping in when politicians step aside

POLAND, Ohio — A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established … Continued

Let’s not just have another ‘conversation’ on race

President Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington … Continued

COMMENTARY: The reckless right-wing war on America

It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. With little heed for consequences on either actual people … Continued

COMMENTARY: A new evangelical engagement with public schools

PORTLAND, Ore. — Why would evangelical Christians want anything to do with public schools? Judging from decades of culture war … 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

Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall: Obama and the arc towards inclusion

POOL REUTERS President Barack Obama arrives at his second inauguration at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in … Continued

#MyJihad: Campaign to amplify the voice of mainstream Muslims

Courtesy of Public educaton campaign called MyJihad featured in an advertisement on the side of a Chicago bus. As … Continued

Our leaders in Washington must protect the needy among us

AP The U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen at dawn on Dec. 12, 2012. Our leaders in Washington and the … Continued

‘Lincoln’ rekindles equality

PHOTO BY DAVID JAMES Still of Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Photo by David James, SMPSP – © 2012 – DreamWorks … Continued

The biggest threat of all

Of all the ugliness in Election 2012, nothing is more disturbing than attempts to prevent people from voting. Voter suppression … Continued

Hope at Lambeth Palace

REUTERS Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, addresses the theology think tank Theos in London on Oct. 1, 2012. The … Continued

Paying the price for religious illiteracy

In Judge Joseph Sheeran’s courtroom, religious literacy is seen as an antidote to intolerance and hate. Last week, the Michigan … Continued

New Orleans resident Carolyn Parker: ’I’m gonna keep fighting’

HANDOUT REUTERS Carolyn Parker is shown in this undated handout photo supplied by PBS on Sept. 19, 2012. Parker, who … Continued

The descent into nihilism

What a revealing end to a disturbing political convention. An actor who built a career on pretending to be a … Continued

God goes back to school

Millions of kids return to school this week – and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of them won’t leave their … Continued

Missouri to vote on prayer amendment as critics warn of legal nightmares

ST. LOUIS — Missourians will vote on Tuesday (Aug. 7) on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that supporters … Continued

Does love last longer in arranged marriages?

NEW YORK — Elke Thompson and Sam Quinn got engaged the old-fashioned way: their parents arranged it. Quinn, 23, a … Continued

State lawmakers bring church/state fight to schools

Contrary to culture war mythology, God is alive and well in many, if not most, public schools. Visit almost any … Continued

Is Romney Mormonism’s JFK?

After his successes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is two crucial steps closer to clinching the 2012 Republican … Continued

Rick Santorum: ‘More Catholic than a conservative’?

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign. What does it mean to be a Catholic … Continued