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Holt v. Hobbs: Does a Muslim Prisoner’s Case Foreshadow the End of Affirmative Action?

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of an Arkansas inmate who had been barred from growing, for religious reasons, a half-inch beard …

By Dawinder Sidhu

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The Politics of Poverty and Race

This month marks 51 years since Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” speech. On January 8, 1964, during his State of the Union address, he urged …

By Jamil Drake

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Local Religious Leaders Respond to Ferguson

Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, St. Louis County, on August 9, 2014, and especially since the November 24 announcement that the grand …

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After the Midterms, Where Can Congress and Obama Find Consensus?

Abetter-than-expected performance in the recent congressional midterm elections left the Republican Party in control of both houses of Congress. Not only did the GOP capture …

By Dan Cox

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A Theme Park, a Scandal, and the Faded Ruins of a Televangelism Empire

If you happen to find yourself on I-77 just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, consider a detour to the crumbling ruins of what used to …

By Emily Johnson

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Atheists in Foxholes: The Military Chaplaincy’s Humanist Problem

Do American military chaplains need to believe in God? Or, as the Navy Times once asked, “Who supports the atheists in the military?” These questions …

By Ronit Y. Stahl

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The Sources of Creationism’s Disjointed Science

Once upon a time, in the West, sacred history, human history, and natural history were one. The Hebrew Bible, refracted through the prism of the …

By Elizabeth Yale

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For Michael Brown, Justice Is Not a Gift. It’s a Right.

“This whole Michael Brown thing,” a local white business owner informed me, “is a case of reverse racism!” The Saint Louis native continued, “Those people …

By Lerone A. Martin

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The Hope of Ferguson

In May 1970 four unarmed college students were shot to death by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University. The iconic image …

By Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

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From Berlin to Jerusalem, a Lament for Gaza and Israel

This year, I fasted on Tisha b’Av, a Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of both Jewish temples in Jerusalem. In commemoration, on the …

By Yael Shinar

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