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Essay

What Marriage Equality Isn’t

The Supreme Court’s recent decisions concerning same-sex marriage have been heavily touted as victories for the LGBT community. The material benefits that accompany marriage and …

By Kent L. Brintnall

Essay

Declaration of Conscience

On June 1, 1950, Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995), a Republican Senator from Maine, delivered her “Declaration of Conscience” speech to the U.S. Senate. Though she …

By Margaret Chase Smith

Essay

Why We Wait for a Non-European Pope

As Pope Benedict steps down this week, speculation stirs that the next pontiff could be a man of color or from outside Europe. And while …

By Tiffany Stanley

Essay

A Brief History of Papal Resignations

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, announced for February 28, is an action virtually without precedent. No pope has resigned in modern times. No pope …

By Daniel Bornstein

Review

The Father of Modern Political Cartoons

Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political CartoonsBy Fiona Deans HalloranUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2012 For those of us who work on American religion …

By Leigh Eric Schmidt