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We Need Less Religion in our Politics and Less Politics in our Religion

A few weeks before last November’s election, a yard sign popped up in front of First Baptist Church of West Harwich, Massachusetts, not far from …

By Stephen Prothero

Interview

Roe v. Wade at 40: An Interview with Legal Scholar and Theologian Cathleen Kaveny

As of this month, it has been 40 years since the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. To mark …

By Marie Griffith

Excerpt

Meet Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Civil Rights Movement

On April 9, 1968, Benjamin Elijah Mays had the burdensome honor of delivering a eulogy for Martin Luther King Jr. on the campus of Morehouse …

By Randal Maurice Jelks

Profile

Where Do We Go From Here? Remembering the Life and Trials of Martin Luther King Jr.

My students are often surprised to learn that when Martin Luther King came to Montgomery in the spring of 1954, civil rights activism was not …

By Charles Marsh

Editor’s Note

For Newtown, Condolences and a Plea for Action

Like countless others, those of us who work at R&P and the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics feel keen sorrow for the lives that …

By Marie Griffith

Essay

The Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, amid air faintly fetid from thousands of corpses waiting to be reburied, Edward Everett delivered a two-hour oration at the dedication …

By John Stauffer

Report

Can There Be a Religious Response to Planned Parenthood’s Critics?

On most days, when she arrives at the Planned Parenthood clinic she directs in Washington, D.C., Dr. Laura Meyers passes through a wall of Operation …

By Mara Willard

Report

Black Churches Send “Souls to the Polls”

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – On Sunday afternoon, a local television reporter pushed her way through the crowd of voters toward Bishop Edward Robinson. She pleaded for …

By Jeff Brumley

Essay

Post-Racial America? The Tangle of Race, Religion, and Citizenship

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States brought questions about race in America to the forefront of political and social …

By Judith Weisenfeld

Interview

Training the Next Generation of Interfaith Leaders: An Interview with Eboo Patel

Even over the phone, Eboo Patel projects a youthful energy. This may come from his many hours spent talking to college students at universities around …

By Kip Richardson

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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