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5 Things About Today’s Supreme Court Decision

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion for today’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. Here’s what you should know.

Why marriage matters

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on two cases about marriage. But regardless … Continued

Newt Gingrich’s Catholicism and his 2012 penance

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks to a cheering crowd during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Thursday … Continued

The Constitution is not an idol

In battling the right-wing argument that the framers of the Constitution never intended to separate church and state because the … Continued

Every secular vote must be counted in this election

The dramatic year 1968, when I cast my first unhappy presidential vote for Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, was also the … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

Chinese food and religious freedom

In the last week of last month, religion in America became part of the public conversation via two events that … Continued

Extra! Extra! Elena Kagan liked Thurgood Marshall

I really would like to know what Elena Kagan thinks about the separation of church and state, executive power, free … Continued

Who stole Mojave cross?

By David Waters The controversial Mojave Desert cross, the object of last month’s Supreme Court ruling that scolded a lower … Continued

The Supreme Court vis-a-vis the Supreme Being (or not)

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

Liberalism vs. Literalism

By Chuck Freemanminister, radio show host “It is their notions about Christianity men have taught as the only living word … Continued

Can the Supreme Court Be Pure Again? (Was it Ever?)

No religion, gender or ethnicity disqualifies a person from becoming a Supreme Court justice, but how should a particular judge’s … Continued

Religious Group Sets Up

By William Wan In the tradition of YouTube presidential debates and American Idol-type participation for the masses, a Jewish religious … Continued

Is She Catholic? Does It Matter?

God in Government blogger Jacqueline L. Salmon notes that the blogosophere is buzzing with speculation about Supreme Court nominee Sonia … Continued

Sotomayor Would Make It 6 Catholics on the Court

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Catholic — not unusual for someone of Hispanic descent. Her religion also would not be unusual … Continued

I Vote For Reason

As an atheist, I have no “religious” reasons to vote for any candidate. As a citizen who cherishes the separation … Continued

Unwanted Advice for Candidates On The Faithiness Trail

There is no point in my advising John McCain or Barack Obama about the role that religion should play in … Continued

Pope Benedict and American Catholicism: On The Titanic’s Deck

The Question: What can Pope Benedict XVI say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy … Continued

From John Kerry to the Da Vinci Code: Discrimination Reinvented?

On the one hand, as the difference between the attitudes toward the presidential candidacy of John Kennedy and John Kerry … Continued

Anti-Catholicism: A Phony Issue

The idea that anti-Catholicism is a significant force in American life today is a complete canard, perpetrated by theologically and … Continued