States of the Union

We gathered writers from around the country to tell us about where they discovered religion and politics in their states. Both part of a union and cultures unto their own, these states reveal stories of people, places and histories of the American experience.


A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford


A Priest Takes on the Coal Industry.

By Dwight Billings, Kate Black and Kathi Kern

New Hampshire

A Protester Fights to Live Free or Die.

By Madeline DeSantis

South Carolina

A Reporter Trails Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford.

By Tiffany Stanley


A Pastor’s Son Notes When Politics Came to the Pulpit.

By Randall Balmer


A Historian Challenges H.L. Mencken.

By Alison Collis Greene


A Novelist Tours a Nuclear Testing Site.

By Rachel Marston


A Scholar Drives Through a Swing State.

By Paul Harvey


A Blogger Revisits the Yale Athletic Fields.

By Mark Silk

North Carolina

A Southerner Mines the Meaning of Progress.

By Marla Frederick


A setting to debate the issues of the day.

Should we teach religion in public schools? And if so, how?

How Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

By Mark A. Chancey

The Dangers of Religious Instruction in Public Schools

By Annie Laurie Gaylor

We Must Teach about Religion in High Schools

By Joseph Laycock

To Teach or Not to Teach?

By Cynthia N. Dunbar

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