Civil Liberties

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

Report

Why Faith Groups Are Rallying Behind Immigration Reform

As Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block marched toward the U.S. Capitol Building on a cloudy afternoon this October, he said he felt “a little nervousness.” Walking arm-in-arm with …

By Jack Jenkins

Essay

Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls” and the Aftershocks of the Birmingham Church Bombing

I was watching Spike Lee’s documentary 4 Little Girls when the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case was handed down. An alert flashed on my …

By Briallen Hopper

States of the Union

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

Ohio

An Atheist Finds (Some) Reasons to Believe in Her Old Church.

By Sarah Stankorb

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