Civil Liberties

Review

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an

Denise A. Spellberg’s new book, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders offers a meticulously researched and incredibly detailed account not only of how Jefferson came to acquire a copy of the Qur’an in English but also of the broader historical circumstances of his political career and the role of religion in the period of the founding fathers.

By Juliane Hammer

Interview

The Establishment Clause: An Interview with Judge Guido Calabresi

On February 27, Judge Guido Calabresi visited Washington University in St. Louis to deliver the lecture, “What about the Establishment Clause?” The program was a …

By Marie Griffith

Essay

Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill. How Did the Nation Get to this Point?

On February 14, news reports began to surface that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni planned to sign into law the nation’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, often referred …

By Jason Bruner

Review

Pulled into the Maze: 12 Years a Slave

One of the most haunting scenes in the film 12 Years a Slave comes shortly after the main character Solomon Northup—now known by his enslavers …

By Rachel McBride Lindsey

Essay

On Compromise and Congressional Brinkmanship

When President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight, the problem of congressional gridlock will likely be a major theme. Partisanship in Washington …

By David Brockman

Essay

Letters from a Georgia Jail: Anti-Nuclear Activists Await Sentencing

We are truly human when we act responsibly to restore harmony and act with love and compassion to restore truth, transparency and the equitable distribution …

By David Cook

Essay

A Judge Weakened Utah’s Anti-Polygamy Law. What Does This Say About Sex, Race, and Religion?

Americans have always found polygamy fascinating, even entertaining. In the nineteenth century, Mormons were stock villains in a plethora of now mercifully forgotten Victorian novels. …

By Nathan B. Oman

Essay

An Evolving Mormon Church Finally Addresses a Racist Past

Last Friday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) made history by confronting its own history. For the first time, the LDS Church …

By Max Perry Mueller

Essay

Concerning “Goodbye Christ”: Langston Hughes, Political Poetry, and African American Religion

“Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only poetry can be his resurrection.” Langston Hughes (1964) On the afternoon of November 15, 1940, Langston …

By Wallace Best

Excerpt

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, 150 Years Later

On November 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at the dedication of America’s first national cemetery, on the site of the battle that had turned the …

By Stephen Prothero

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.

Maine

A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

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THE TABLE

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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