Religious Tests

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Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation’

(Brandon Thibodeaux — GETTY IMAGES) Culture warriors, pseudo historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the last several decades peddling the … Continued

The right to blaspheme: For no god and country

(Streeter Lecka — GETTY IMAGES) I could not have had a more patriotic beginning. I was born on Flag Day … Continued

Is secularism making a comeback?

Connie Yang Connie Yang Georgetown University hosts a conference on secularism in February. When it comes to not making optimistic, … Continued

Mitt, Mormons, and the religious test that wasn’t

Buried in the mountain of demographic data preoccupying political pundits this week is one historic statistic that may have far-reaching … Continued

Does this candidate have a prayer?

“South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum,” observed Congressman James L. Petigru, … Continued

The evangelical case for Mitt Romney —and against Robert Jeffress

NICHOLAS KAMM AFP/GETTY IMAGES US Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leaves after addressing the Family Research Council’s … Continued

Two things the president could do

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Woe unto you who make sleazy attack ads

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

Dragging religion through the political mud

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

Misusing religion to bash opponents — and win votes

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

Political Christians

How many kinds of Christians are there? Here’s a partial list: Amish, Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Evangelical, … Continued

“No religious test” should mean no religious test

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

Measuring religious representation on the court

Score-keepers readying themselves for the forthcoming summer’s Armageddon-level Senate debates over the next Supreme Court appointment find plenty of skirmishing … Continued

Atheists in office: Déjà vu all over again

I’m reminded of my South Carolina experience when I hear that some folks in Asheville, North Carolina want to remove … Continued

Secular nation, secular military

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

Colin Powell and My American Faith

During the great immigration waves of 1900, a rabbi said of our melting pot, “All names are American names.” How … Continued

Secular Values Voters and the Presidential Debates

The first forum held between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama took place in a megachurch. Today, they are … Continued

Echoes of Bhutan

In the midst of the gripping political dramas dominating our news cycle, images of Bhutan (where I was earlier this … Continued

No Religious Litmus Tests

Being asked to answer this question disappoints me. Given the severity of the challenges we face, including the potential divisiveness … Continued

Huckabee’s Mischief

I agree with half of Gov. Huckabee’s statement. We should not “try to change God’s standards so it lines up … Continued