Religion and Politics How Much Mixing Do Americans Want?

A recent poll by the Pew Forum on the issue of religion and politics sparked headlines that, at first glance, seemed alarming. “Americans want more politics with their preaching,” one newspaper blared. Well, yes and... Read More

A Charter for Controversy? Public school “alternatives” still must abide by the separation of church and state

Starting in the late 1980s charter schools were pitched to Americans as a harmless and non-threatening alternative to traditional public schools. That’s come to pass in some states. But in others, we’re beginning to see... Read More

Rights Or Restrictions? The new debate over the meaning of religious freedom

In March the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two important cases that could establish new parameters for what religious liberty means. The two cases, which the high court has consolidated into one, concern... Read More

Holiday Hassles Standing Up to the Religious Right’s “Christmas Police”

For some reason the Jehovah’s Witnesses like to work my neighborhood. It’s not uncommon for me to come home at night and see a copy of the Watchtower or Awake! crammed under the doormat. A... Read More

Hysteria Alert Churches Fear They’ll Be Forced to Marry Same-Sex Couples

In June the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed, on technical grounds, a case challenging same-sex marriage in California. The rulings were considered victories for... Read More