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Editor’s Note

On Planned Parenthood, Beware of False Prophets

“The Bible says, ‘Beware of false prophets,’” outgoing House Speaker John Boehner told Face the Nation host John Dickerson on September 27. Boehner was referring …

By Marie Griffith


Pope Francis Comes to Washington

As recently as the 1950s, it was gospel in certain liberal circles that Catholicism was, to take a leaf from Ben Carson, “inconsistent with the …

By Leslie Woodcock Tentler


Kim Davis and the Anxieties of Christian America

Once released from her short stay in her county detention center, throngs of supporters greeted Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis with an energetic celebration. Davis …

By Benjamin E. Park


Pulling Us Back In: David Barton, Ted Cruz, and the Evangelical Grassroots

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III, who thought he could squirm …

By Paul Harvey


New Clash over Religion in Schools: Communities Face Backlash for Lessons on Islam

Many of the speakers wore red shirts in solidarity. Dozens of them took turns standing at the microphone to lash out at the members of …

By Linda K. Wertheimer


When Our Truths Are Ignored: Proslavery Theology’s Legacy

For an African American writer during slavery, there was an expectation that a “white envelope” framed the “black message.” For autobiographers like Frederick Douglass and …

By Yolanda Pierce


Obergefell and the End of Religious Reasons for Lawmaking

In Obergefell v. Hodges, marriage equality for same-sex couples became the law of the land. In the wake of the decision on Friday, focus has …

By Micah Schwartzman, Richard Schragger and Nelson Tebbe

Editor’s Note

For Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E., a Legacy of Hope and Resistance

Charleston is known as the holy city, for its many steeples and spires that tower above the landscape. On Wednesday night, a most unholy act …

By Tiffany Stanley


A Parade, a Boycott, and a Jewish Group’s Struggle for Acceptance

On the 11th floor of a Seventh Avenue office building in New York City, an oversized silver mezuzah hangs beside a mahogany door. The dark …

By Jas Chana


The Past Imperfect of Barack Obama

Speaking at the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches last month, President Obama posed a question that captured why many …

By Peter Manseau

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