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A fundamental human right

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Inquisitorial exceptionalism

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Catholic bishops tilt to right

This Catholic’s View By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. At their meeting this week in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops signaled that … Continued

Islam, Judaism and the threat of terrorism

Today’s guest blogger is Hesham A. Hassaballa, a doctor and writer based in Chicago. He is co-author of the Beliefnet … Continued

2010 electoral results bad news for secular Americans

It is undeniable that the economy dominated campaign 2010 and that cultural issues at the nexus of religion and politics … Continued

New political equation for religious right

The meaning of the 2010 election is destined now to be the Great Debate of the next political season. While … Continued

First Amendment includes separation of church and state

The phrase “separation of church and state,” once a widely-shared article of civic faith in the United States, has become … Continued

Beck’s infusion of religion into civic life

By Becky Garrison Father James Martin, SJ reflects how one can find some underlying Christian reasons for confronting hypocrisy: “Remember … Continued

When is yoga NOT yoga (and spiritually “safe” for Christians)?

By Gustav Niebuhr My good colleague at “Under God,” David Waters, wrote a nice piece a couple of weeks back, … Continued

Reading Lincoln at Ground Zero

By Gustav Niebuhr One of the astonishing aspects of the public fight over whether to allow private citizens to open … Continued

On civil religion and Glenn Beck

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Silent clergy no new thing

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Fourth of July Honor Roll: Champions of American Secularism

The founders were not atheists.

Defacing the Pledge of Allegiance (again?)

By David Waters Vandals inserted the words “Under God” into the original phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance — “One … 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

Why aren’t Christians mourning the oil spill?

By Jonathan Merrittauthor The most destructive oil leak in U.S. history has been devastating: 11 people are dead, approximately 20 … Continued

Prayer is good policy

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

National Day of Prayer always an unconstitutional custom

Q:Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event next … Continued

Palin’s Christian nation

By David Waters In a speech last week, Sarah Palin promoted belief in God as a form of patriotism, dismissed … Continued

Time for an atheist on the Supreme Court?

By David Waters Previously in Under God, we asked what seemed like a logical question: With the only Protestant on … Continued