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Founders’ view of prayer should prevail at Supreme Court

The Founding Fathers found a common ground in prayer that should still guide us today.

American idol: God does belong in public schools, if a student wants him there

(istockphoto) If you ask a class of 5th graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked … Continued

Conservatives say religious freedom is ‘under attack’ in military

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and conservative activists concerned that religious expression in the military is “under attack” are rallying behind a … Continued

Deal promises new life for abandoned Catholic shrine

WATERBURY, Conn. — The Garden of Gethsemane is gone. The Via Dolorosa, now overgrown with brush, is impassable. A statue … Continued

Atheists to unveil first monument to unbelief on public land

After years of fights over religious monuments on public land, a county courthouse in Northern Florida will soon be the … Continued

Supreme Court to hear case on prayer at government meetings

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday (May 20) to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings — … Continued

The real message of Easter

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. Every detail is well known, … Continued

Melissa Rogers new head of White House faith-based office

Church-state expert Melissa Rogers will be the new director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rogers … Continued

When do student prayers cross the First Amendment line?

Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators … Continued

Can Chuck Hagel make gay equality a reality in the military?

Win McNamee GETTY IMAGES In his file photo, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) speaks at the DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial in … Continued

Boy Scouts shift on gays wouldn’t change rules on atheists

For former scoutmaster Richard Guglielmetti, the Boy Scouts of America’s reconsideration of its ban on gay scouts and leaders is … Continued

Protecting circumcision in Germany

Markus Schreiber AP Mohel doctor Yacov Gassinovitch, center, is surround by other Rabbis and relatives as he holds eight days … Continued

In Christmas wars, it’s all or nothing

AP This Dec. 4, 2011 photo shows avowed atheist Damon Vix in front of the display he set among other, … Continued

In East Texas, does cheering for God erase church-state line?

AP In this Sept. 19, 2012 file photo, Kountze High School cheerleaders and other children work on a large sign … Continued

Poll: Most Americans don’t mind religious athletes

Tim Tebow can wear all the Bible verses he wants on his eye black: Most Americans don’t mind professional athletes … Continued

Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded world: What the blasphemy law debate can mask

REUTERS Clouds are reflected off the Secretariat Building of the U.N .headquarters during the 67th United Nations General Assembly, in … Continued

Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ author David Niose

David Niose is president of the American Humanist Association and vice president of the Secular Coalition for America, a group … 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

Religious liberty: Gold for the U.S.?

AFP/GETTY IMAGES U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks on the “State of International Religious Freedom” July 30, 2012 … Continued

Missouri prayer amendment passes by wide margin

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a “right to pray” amendment to the state’s constitution on Tuesday (Aug. … Continued